Arthur Guinness Son & Co. was founded in 1759. Based at this location on St James's Gate. The company produced a dark stout beer (a type of porter), known now widely ascross the world as Guinness. The first use of the word stout in relation to a beer was the Stout-Porter brewed by Guinness in 1820. Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery. In 1769 Guinness exported their beer for the first time. We sent six and a half barrels to England so they could get a taste for the dark nectar. Guinness finished brewing porter in 1974.
The IRA bombing campaigns of the 1980's caused dismay around the world. Guiness actually considered dropping the use of it's harp logo (modeled on the Trinity college harp) at the time.
Guinness Stout was brewed internationally under license. Complaints that it wasn't like it was back home were common among Irish expats and the Guinness brewery in Park Royal London finally closed in 2005 with most production being centralised in Ireland. Guinness is still brewed under license in Canada, Indonesia and some parts of Africa.
Aside from great beer Guinness is also known for bold and adventurous marketing campaigns. The 1999 advert featuring big wave surfers was voted the best television commercial of all time. You may also be familiar with the Guinness book of records which started off life as a marketing product for the company.
People have been enjoying a pint of Guinness for over 250 years. Why not come down to the Guinness Museum and enjoy one with us at the home of "the dark stuff".
Enjoy a pint (over 18's only) when you come visit us at the Guinness Museum and we can tell you a little more about the pride of Ireland. Guinness dark colour comes from the malted barley used in it's production.
You may notice that when poured the bubbles seem to defy gravity and actually go downwards in a pint of Guinness. This is because the friction at the sides of the glass slows the bubbles around the edges, this causes a central stream of bubbles to come up through the middle of your pint and creates a current push CO2 bubbles around the outside back downwards.
The Guinness Museum is located at the Guinness Storehouse at St James's Gate, Dublin. Since opening we have won various awards including "Europes Best Tourist Attaction" at the World Travel Awards.
The Museum is split up in to different floors:
G. Learn about the history of Guinness.
1. Our in house master brewer explains how Guinness is made.
2. Enjoy the Guinness tasting experience.
3. Guinness advertisements dating back to before WW2.
4. Learn to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Academy.
5. Home to both a formal and traditional restaurant.
6. Our secret lab, no access!
7. Take in the spectacular views of Dublin and enjoy a complimentary pint.
A world of shadows, shades and storming energy
the magic of the pouring pint charges the glass
with a thundering surge of darkness and light
the perfect pint is created in front of your eyes
So sit back, take a sip and enjoy, the night is
young and like the pint, its alive inside
Enjoy Guinness Sensibly