Back to Dublin and a Guiness Tour

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 On the 13th James and I (Jackie) woke up with the feeling that we still had booze running through us and Karen and Bill were surprisingly fine! (Definately not fair!) We got all packed up, had a bit of breakfast and got on the road. When we arrived in Dublin we stopped at a Harley Davidson store so Karen and Bill could pick up some patches for a couple friends and then we were on the road again trying to navigate our way to the city centre. We found a parking lot and then just went out on foot to find a place to stay. After we checked in at a place we went for lunch and then James and I just went back to the hotel and rested and worked on the blog while Karen and Bill wandered around.

Our first full day in Dublin (14th) we went to see the Guiness Brewery. The tour started with describing how Arthur Guiness leased the land for the brewery for 9000 years. Then we went to learn about the five ingredients that make Guiness so special. First take your finest roasted barley and hops, then pure clean water before adding yeast to help it ferment. The final ingredient is Arthur Guiness himself because without him there would be no Guiness. After learning how to make the delicous brew we were able to sample some for ourselves.

  We continued and learned how the coopers (cask & barrel makers) hand made every cask by hand for years before steel kegs were invented. The stories of the mill are of hard, hard work and also some fun and games like when they stick new coopers in their first made barrel and through pretty much whatever they can find in with him and role him around in it.

 The tour also included advertisements from Guiness, transportation relating to getting the guiness products to bars and the world, and then finally we got to pour our own perfect pint. Karen, James, and myself went in to pour ours and they were each a picture of perfection. I don't like beer though so James got to drink two pints in the twenty minutes we sat there (which is a lot of guiness in such little time!). Afterward we checked out the gift shop and then went and caught up with Bill who went outside when we went to pour our pints.

 We all walked back to the hotel afterward and James and I went up to nap and work on our blog (but picked up some fish and chips on the way) while Karen and Bill continued to walk around and sight see. For supper Karen and Bill found a different fish and chips place but we were still good from our late lunch and just shared a small sheperd's pie at a cafe (so good!!). Afterward we went to a bar where the day before Karen and Bill had found a guy, David Brown, trying to break a Guiness world record for playing guitar for 100 hours. The guy looked half dead and had been playing for over two days at that point but the place was packed and the crowd's energy was high.
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