Beer & whiskey: Dublin’s essential liquids

We only had a limited time in Dublin, so decided to spend part of that learning about Dublin’s iconic drinks: Guinness and Jameson.

First stop was the Guinness storehouse, which is a massive, 7-storey extravaganza dedicated to the brewing of this deep ruby-red elixir.

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While the exterior of the building maintains an old industrial vibe (built in 1904), the interior is decidedly ultra-modern, verging on sci-fi at times, including a completely white room with steam vats. Very odd.

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We particularly enjoyed interacting with some of the famous icons from ads of yesteryear, like the turtle, ostrich, “whistling oyster”, and fish on a bicycle:

DSC_3754.jpgDSC_3747.jpgDSC_3750.jpgWe got to examine and sample tiny pints (WE ARE GIANTS!!!)

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And learn to pour a perfect pint. DSC_3730.jpg

The tour finishes at the Gravity bar, where you can see stunning panoramic views of Dublin, and savour that perfectly-poured pint.

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Our next stop was the Jameson factory, which was less ostentatiously developed, but was actually super informative and interesting! We had a charming tour guide and learned a lot about whiskey! This “water of life” (derived from the Gaelic words Uisce beatha. The word “whiskey” an anglicized mispronunciation of the word “uisce”).DSC_3801.jpgThe side-by-side taste test comparing leading brands of Scottish (Johnnie Walker), American (Jack Daniels), and Irish (Jameson) was particularly informative, and for the first time, I learned what sorts of flavours I enjoy (and greatly dislike!) in a whiskey. (Apparently I am not a peat girl!).DSC_3805.jpgIMG_1136.jpgIMG_2144.jpgSláinte!

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