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Dublin’s distilleries: Guinness Storehouse vs Old Jameson Distillery

January 26, 2015 1:14 pm by

Did you know there are, on average, 850 million litres of Guinness sold each year? Or that there are about 56.4 million bottles of Old Jameson whiskey bought annually, too? If you didn’t know, Dublin’s got quite a history, and reputation, of brewing and distilling delicious alcoholic drinks that have stocked up bars and home for centuries. What’s even better, is that as a visitor with the Dublin Pass can tour these breweries and distilleries which produce these two world-famous and iconic drinks for free!

You can’t go without visiting the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery when you’re in Dublin. So we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of the history of these two drinks and what to expect during your visit to these top attractions. If a free drink can’t tempt you, I don’t know what can…

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness, the dark Irish stout, is one of the most iconic products of Dublin, so a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a no-brainer. Not only because you’re promised a free pint at the end, but also because it’s an important part of Dublin’s cultural heritage worth exploring.

The drink Guinness dates back to the mid-1700s in Arthur Guinness’s brewery and is still the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse includes a tour from top to bottom – that’s seven storeys – with a glass atrium designed to look like a pint glass! Visitors can learn about the brewing process of this dark stout, the origins and the ingredients and how to pull the perfect pint in the Gravity Bar at the end of the experience.

The Gravity Bar itself is not to be missed, with stunning 360 degree views over the city you can settle down with your free pint and look over the city of Dublin.

With the Dublin Pass you can visit the Guinness Storehouse for free – a saving of €16.50!

Old Jameson Distillery

Whiskey (note the extra ‘e’) is another iconic Irish drink and an experience and process worth learning about. Dublin is home to the Old Jameson Distillery, based on the original site, the Bow Street Distillery, where it was established back in 1780 and where it was in production for two centuries.

Nowadays Old Jameson whiskey is distilled in Cork, but the Dublin distillery is the original historic site where it all started. Visitors can take a fascinating tour through the distillery, past all the barrels and cellars and through the vaults containing the copper stills (measuring 24,000 gallons each!) What’s even better is at the end you can round off the tour with a tipple of the strong stuff in the Distillery bar.

The Old Jameson Distillery is a must-visit when you’re in Dublin – even if whiskey isn’t your thing!

Dublin Pass holders can enjoy a free tour of Dublin’s Old Jameson Distillery and enjoy a complimentary drink – saving €15.00!

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