I am going to go out on a limb and assume that when most people think of stereotypical Irish tradition and culture a few things come to mind: Saint Patrick’s Day, red hair, bagpipes, dancing and… alcohol. Well! In most cases, you would be right. Ireland is home of some of the finest alcoholic beverages including Guinness and Jameson, both of which we had the opportunity to check out while in Dublin.
First up was the Guinness Storehouse where some of the best brew is well… brewed. The Storehouse is absolutely huge and is, quite cleverly, shaped like a pint of Guinness. The museum is self-guided and takes you through all the steps of producing a Guinness from each ingredient, to the brewing process, to distribution, to advertising and then, to the taste-test.
Although I’m not much of a beer-drinker, I actually enjoyed sipping on that tall, dark and handsome pint. Perhaps it was the environment, the company or the stunning views from the Gravity Bar, but I was enjoying every minute of it. Apparently, I’m not the only one either. The Irish have an entire day dedicated to the brains behind the operation, Arthur Guinness. What a guy.
The three of us on the trip enjoyed the Guinness Storehouse so much, the next day we headed off to the Old Jameson Distillery for round two. Here, you were separated into groups and were led through the distillery with a tour guide who, again, shared all the ingredients of the whiskey, the process of creating Jameson and then ending with a taste-test.
My favorite part of the tour was the very end where they showed how people all over the world drink Jameson, from on the rocks to a Jameson-cranberry cocktail. The combinations were endless. I personally went for the Jameson-Sprite combo and was not disappointed. It was mm mm good., especially with the lime slice added on top. Perfect.
The fun wasn’t over yet, and we were able to grab a drink from the Jameson bar downstairs. Here, Danielle and I went for the Jameson hot chocolate and Kyle snagged an Irish coffee. However, our hot cocoas were so strong, we struggled to finish them off. Needles to say, we managed.
Both Guinness and Jameson were so interesting and informative and I loved visiting and seeing how everything fits together. But, the Jameson Distillery still came out on top as my favorite. Maybe it was because Jameson reminded me of some good friends back home and a Saint Patrick’s Day I’ll never forget that gave it an extra edge. Either way, both places were definitely worth a visit if you ever make it there!