FAQ

What are the opening hours for GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®?

We are open 7 days a week between 9.30am-5pm (September to June), 9.30am-7pm (late opening during July - August)

We are closed only on the following days: 24th/25th/26th December and Good Friday

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Can we go into the brewery?

No, there have been no public tours of the brewery since 1972 for reasons of health, safety and security.

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How long is the visit?

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® is a self-guided tour, which enables you to take as long as you like. We would recommend and hour to an hour and a half.

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Is the tour available in other languages?

For all tours, we provide maps with information in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese.

We also have a podcast on our website which is free to download onto any Ipod or MP3 player. It's an audio tour that is available in English.
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Do I have to book in advance?

No you can come on the day but we would suggest that you book online as it will get you a 10% discount on adult admission as well as the opportunity to skip the queue on arrival. If you are booking in a guided tour, then you must book in advance of your visit.
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When I book tickets online, will my tickets be sent out to me?

No, you will be sent an email confirmation of your booking with a reference number, all you need is to bring this booking reference number with you and present it on arrival at the Information Desk.

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Can we just go for lunch?

You must purchase a ticket in order to access the Brewers Dining Hall, Gilroy's Restaurant, Barge Cafe & Arthurs Bar.

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Can we go to the bar first?

Yes but only once you have purchased your ticket

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Is the building wheelchair accessible?

Yes we have various lifts throughout the building.

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Is there car parking available?

We have a free car park around the corner next to the old Hopstore, on Crane Street. Parking on Market Street is reserved for coaches.
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How old is the building?

It was built in 1904 and it was used for fermenting beer until 1988

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Is it Ok to take photos or do filming within GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®?

Yes

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What's the percentage of alcohol in GUINNESS®?

GUINNESS® Draught is 4.2%
GUINNESS® Extra Stout is 4.2%
GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout is 7.5%

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What temperature is it served at?

6-7 degrees centigrade

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How many calories are there in a pint of GUINNESS®?

Per glass there is approximately 99 calories and in a pint of GUINNESS® there is approximately 198 calories. This is actually less than most lagers and spirits.

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What are the origins of porter?

Porter can trace its origins back to the brewer Ralph Harwood, a London brewer in 1722. This new drink, porter, used roasted barley for the first time and became so popular with the working class porters of Covent Garden and Billingsgate, that it adopted their name - 'Porter'.

Porter quickly established itself as the working class man's drink in England and soon began to be brewed in Ireland. Arthur GUINNESS® began brewing this new drink in the 1770s as did many other Dublin brewers. However, he was the first Dublin brewer to cease brewing ale altogether in order to concentrate on brewing porter.

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What is the difference between Porter and Stout?

Porter was invented early in the 18th century. Stout was originally a term used to describe a stronger type of porter. Today the terms would be used interchangeably and GUINNESS® is often used as a synonym for the drink as a whole, in the same way that people use the word Hoover to describe a vacuum cleaner.

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Does GUINNESS® Draught use the same brewing recipe as Extra Stout?

The recipes for GUINNESS® Draught and GUINNESS® Extra Stout are very similar in all aspects. The difference is that GUINNESS® Draught is dispensed using a mixture of Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide to produce the famous tight creamy head while GUINNESS® Extra Stout has more carbonation for increased refreshment.

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Are we drinking the same GUINNESS® today, as in Arthur's day?

Basically yes. Arthur's legacy and his brewing process are still continued by GUINNESS® brewers today. Modern brewing methods enable GUINNESS® to deliver the highest quality products that we are proud to put Arthur's name to today.

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Does the Draught GUINNESS® in the USA come from Dublin?

Yes

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Is GUINNESS® the same in each country?

Generally yes but GUINNESS® does have to use local ingredients so, for example, in Nigeria the government wish to promote the use of Sorghum, which grows better than barley. Therefore GUINNESS® is made using sorghum in Nigeria. A stronger GUINNESS® called Foreign Extra Stout is also brewed in Africa and other places.

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Why does GUINNESS® taste different outside Ireland?

a) If it relates to the different kinds of GUINNESS® available then:
Historically there were different kinds of GUINNESS® available.

Today the range of GUINNESS® products available includes:
GUINNESS® Draught - the creamy pint, available in keg, bottle and can formats. Typically sold in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
And as GUINNESS® Draught Extra Cold - available in keg. This is exactly the same as GUINNESS® Draught, but served a few degrees cooler.
GUINNESS® Extra Stout/Original - available in bottles and cans.
GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout - stronger in taste and more bitter than GUINNESS® Draught. It is especially popular in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

These beers are all made with the highest quality natural ingredients, all brewed using the same unique and expert GUINNESS® brewing techniques.

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Who owns GUINNESS® now / is the family still involved?

GUINNESS® is now part of DIAGEO. The GUINNESS® family is still a shareholder in the company but no family member holds an executive role in the company in Ireland and no family member works within the GUINNESS® PLC organisation.

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Is the 9,000 year lease still valid?

The 9,000 year lease signed in 1759 was for a 4 acre brewery site. Today, the brewery covers over 50 acres, which grew up over the past 200 years around the original 4 acre site. The 1759 lease is no longer valid as the Company purchased the lands outright many years ago.

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What is the connection between the brewery and the GUINNESS® Book of Records?

The GUINNESS® Book of Records was the brain child of Sir Hugh Beaver, former Managing Director of the company. In the 1950s, while at a hunting party, he was involved in an argument about whether the golden plover was faster than the grouse. He couldn't find the answer in any reference book and it occurred to him that this sort of question would arise frequently in pubs and that a book, which answered such questions, would be useful to licensees.

Chris Chataway, a record breaking athlete was then an Under Brewer at the London brewey. He recommended the McWhirter Bros, who ran a fact finding agency in Fleet Street, to Sir Beaver. They were immediately commissioned to compile what was to become the "GUINNESS® Book of Records". The first edition was published in 1955.

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What's the significance of the animals / Toucan?

In the 1930s GUINNESS® was using the advertising agency S.H. Benson. The artist, John Gilroy, was the main artist working on the GUINNESS® contract. The idea to use animals to advertise GUINNESS® came to Gilroy while at Bertram Mills Circus in London. He saw a sealion balancing a ball on its nose and it occurred to him that the animal could probably balance a bottle of stout on its nose too. So, the idea for the GUINNESS® menagerie was born.

The toucan was the most popular of all the animals and also the longest lived. He was officially retired in 1982 but still appears on shirts and other memorabilia.

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What is the significance of the Harp symbol? Why does it appear on GUINNESS® glasses and what is its connection with GUINNESS®?

The Harp was first used as a symbol of GUINNESS® stout in 1862 when the first buff oval bottle label was introduced. The Harp was an ancient Irish symbol and was later adopted by the Irish Government as the official government symbol. Both harps are based on the Brian Boru or Trinity harp preserved in Trinity College. However, the GUINNESS® harp always has its straight edge to the left whereas the Government harp has its edge to the right.

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Why is the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® building architecturally important?

At the end of the 19th Century, a 'new' or 'modern' architecture had emerged in America. This development followed the Great Fire of Chicago in1871. The fire had destroyed most of Chicago City centre and the rebuilding work gave rise to a new style of architecture known as 'The Chicago School.' The Chicago School was the work of a group of architects led by H. H. Richardson, Frederick Bauman and William le Baron Jenny.

These were bold new structures with multi-storey steel frames. It was these steel frames that supported the roof, rather than the walls - the first skyscrapers.

The Market Street Storehouse, built in the style of The Chicago School, was completed in November 1904 and predates the Ritz hotel in London (also steel-framed). The Market Street Storehouse is therefore the first major, steel-framed, multi-storey building in the British Isles.

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What is the sustainability policy at GUINNESS STOREHOUSE®?

Sustainability and enhancing the environment of the Dublin communities has been a core philosophy of the Guinness company since it was founded. We, at Guinness Storehouse, are committed to retaining this philosophy by having a positive impact in the community where we do business, and to preserving the local area where our visitors and colleagues work, live and play. Accordingly, we embrace our responsibility for environmental stewardship and are committed to integrating leading sustainability principles into our core business strategy. Our commitment to sustainability is an intrinsic part of the strategic goals and objectives for the business and gives direction to our operational and management systems.

The management and staff at Guinness Storehouse are committed to applying the necessary resources required to ensure that the following objectives and targets can be achieved:

  • Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation
  • Compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Management Standard ISO14001
  • Establishment of a frame work for reviewing site specific Environmental Objectives and Targets
  • Minimisation of energy, water use, solid waste, greenhouse gas, air and effluent emissions at source
  • Optimisation of the use of raw materials
  • Prevention of pollution
  • Training and motivation of employees so that they can conduct their work in an environmentally responsible manner
  • Deployment of adequate resources to ensure that the environmental policy can be fully implemented
  • Public availability and communication of the environmental policy to all interested parties

The commitment, pride and enthusiasm of all who work at and support Guinness Storehouse are our most precious assets. Ensuring an environmentally sustainable future for all stakeholders is fundamental in ensuring that Guinness Storehouse will continue to prosper. It is therefore essential that we meet these fundamental objectives

Joseph Higgins

Operations Manager

Guinness Storehouse

April 2014

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