When you submit a submission for this Contest, you agree with the Official Rules below.

Sponsor. The Sponsor of this Contest (“Contest”) is the Guinness Storehouse Limited, at St James Gate Dublin 8, Ireland (“Partner”)

How to Enter. Participants who have reached the age of 21 at the time of participation, may enter the Contest from February 19th, 2018 at 7 am GMT until February 28th, 2018 at 11:59 pm GMT by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the close of the Contest to be eligible.

Process: To participate in the Contest and to try to win the prize described below, you have to:

  1. Go to the ‘Guinness Storehouse Homecoming’ competition listing page
  2. Click on the "Enter to Win" button
  3. Select your country or region from the drop-down list provided
  4. In the form provided write an answer of 50-200 words maximum – in English, German, Spanish or Italian – To the following question “Across the world people come together over a pint of Guinness. To join the ‘Guinness Storehouse Homecoming’, share a meaningful story that connects you to Guinness.”

Each participant can only participate once and you represent that you are more than 21 years old. Guinness Storehouse is not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any Submission for any reason whatsoever. By entering the Contest, participants agree, on their behalf and if applicable any guest that as a winner they are permitted to share the prize with, that they may be contacted by the Guinness Storehouse in relation to the Contest and agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Contest and grant the Guinness Storehouse the right to use their name and/or image and/or town/country of residence.

Eligibility. You must be 21 or over to enter the Contest. The Contest is only open to residents of the following countries: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Singapore or those from other countries visiting Ireland on 17 March 2018.

This Contest is not open to residents of any other countries, including but not limited to: Cuba, the Crimea Region of Ukraine, North Korea, Syria, Iran and Sudan. Directors, officers, employees, independent contractors and agents of the Guinness Storehouse, or their subsidiaries or affiliates, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible.

Winner/Representative Selection. The inspiration behind the Contest is to celebrate each country in which Guinness is sold. One winner from each country hosting this competition will be selected to represent their country. Winners will be selected from the Submissions and there will be a nominated winner and best story writer of the Contest to represent their country:

Abu Dhabi, Antigue and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dubai, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungry, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Neth Antilles, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Emirates, Norway, Oman, Other Latin America (Global), Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, St Martin and St Maarten, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands

The odds of winning the competition will depend on the total number of eligible entries received and determination of the judges. The winner will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the following criteria applied by a panel of judges:

  1. Someone who is passionate about Guinness and Beer.
  2. A distinctive submission that is original & authentic with warmth and wit.

The panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Guinness Storehouse marketing, archive and sales teams. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. If substantially similar Submissions are submitted by different entrants, judges will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion. If in the opinion of the judges no suitable Submissions are received, or no winner can be contacted or responds within 24 hours as set out in these Official Rules, then the Sponsors may cancel, extend or repeat the Contest in their sole discretion.

Prohibited Content. Submissions/content must be the original work of the participant and not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition, and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than the Guinness Storehouse; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (d) adult material; or (e) defamatory content. The Sponsor reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or that the Sponsor deem inappropriate for any reason, in their sole discretion.

License. By submitting a Submission, participants grant the Guinness Storehouse a perpetual (or for the term of the protection granted by the relevant intellectual property rights), worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, communicate to the public, broadcast, perform, display, or otherwise use the submitted story, in whole or in part, with or without modifications, in any form or medium (including but not limited to: internet, any printed medium distributed via press, billposting, point of sale advertising, flyers, leaflets…), whether now existing or later developed, for entertainment, promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or any other purpose. To the greatest extent permitted by law, participants agree to waive and not to assert or invoke any so-called moral rights in relation to their Submissions (including without limitation the right to be identified as the creator of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work). For the avoidance of doubt, the license referred to in this paragraph is a fully paid-up license. By entering, you guarantee that your Submission is original as referred to above, and that you have all necessary rights to provide the Submission and to grant the Guinness Storehouse as applicable the rights set out in these Official Rules, as well as the consent of any person identified, depicted or referred to in the Submission. You will indemnify and hold the Guinness Storehouse harmless for any breach of these provisions. Only the winner(s) will receive a prize according to the next paragraph: ‘Prize’.

Prize. Winners selected via the Ireland entry mechanic will receive the, the following prize for themselves and one (1) guest who is 21 or over:

  • Rare access into the heart of St. James’s Gate Brewery by Guinness Archive Manager
  • VIP guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse and a lesson on the art of pouring the Perfect Pint
  • Guinness Beer Experience with the Head Brewer
  • Three-course tasting menu prepared by Justin O’Connor, Executive Chef at Guinness Storehouse
  • Exclusive after-dark wrap party in the Gravity Bar

The above prize does not include:

  • Spending money
  • Meals other than those detailed on the itinerary to be provided to the winners on allocation of the Prize
  • Taxes
  • Transfers and any other expense not stated in these Terms and Conditions. In particular, the obtaining and costs of the following items are the responsibility of the winners and their guest: passports; travel insurance; visas; and optional excursions.

Participants represent that they are available to travel to The Guinness Storehouse and arrive on March 17, 2018. The total value of the prize is approximately 200 EUR (or the equivalent in local currency). The Sponsor is allowed to ask for a written confirmation or proof of the place of residence and age of the winner(s) and any guest(s) they are permitted to share the prize with before awarding the prize. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted. The prize may not be redeemed for cash. If due to circumstances beyond the sponsors control are unable to provide the stated prize, the Guinness Storehouse reserve the right to award, as substitute, a prize of equal or higher value.

In connection with their participation in the Contest, winner(s) agree not to do, say, post or willfully cause to be posted on any social forum anything which might materially adversely affect and/or might be reasonably expected to be prejudicial or harmful to the name, image, reputation, goodwill or business of the Guinness Storehouse Limited, Diageo Ireland and the Guinness brand.

Notification/Announcement of Winner.

The winner(s) will be selected on March 5th and will be notified by email within 24 hours. Each winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize in writing within 48 hours of such notification. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any winners who does not confirm acceptance of the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, and reserves the right to select an alternative winner in such event. The Sponsor may publicly announce the name of the winners within 30 days of the close of the Contest, including through social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook

Prize Conditions. Save as may be required by any applicable mandatory laws, the prize will be as referred to in these Official Rules and is provided as-is with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. This Contest is subject to applicable local laws and regulations, including but not limited to tax laws. The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to or resulting from the award of the prize, and the Sponsor will have no obligation for any taxes that may be payable. Sponsor may require the winner, and where applicable, the winner’s guest, to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release permitting the Sponsor to use the winner’s name, image and winning submission in promotional materials where permitted by law and subject to applicable rules. Refusal or inability to sign and return such forms within 72 hours of receipt may result in disqualification and awarding of prize to an alternate winner. The winner(s) and guest represent they will behave as good citizens during their stay at The Guinness Storehouse and that they will cooperate with the security personnel that will be present at The Guinness Storehouse on March 17th, 2018. Guests are required to be mobile and wear comfortable, flat and closed toe shoes while on-site in St. James’s Gate Brewery. Please note, St. James’s Gate Brewery cannot provide wheelchair access. Wheelchair access is available in the Guinness Storehouse and the Open Gate Brewery. No alcohol can be consumed before entering St. James’s Gate Brewery.

General Liability Release. By entering this Contest, participants release the Sponsor and their agents from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Contest and/or fulfillment and/or use of the Prize, to the extent permitted by applicable law. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes any person’s or entity’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence or any other liability which may not as a matter of law be limited.

Data. By entering the Contest and submitting a Submission and any other personal information, participants are expressly consenting to the processing of their personal information by the Sponsor for the purpose of the Contest or any associated publicity by the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse privacy policy will apply. Guinness Storehouse may share the Submissions with Partner and third-party prize providers for Contest administration and prize fulfillment purposes.

Interpretation and Disputes. Participants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the judges, which are final and binding; (b) that any disputes shall be governed by the laws of Ireland (or by mandatory local laws, if applicable), and shall be resolved only in the courts in Ireland (or in mandatory local jurisdiction, if applicable), without resort to any form of class action or other form of collective action, to the extent permitted by applicable law; and (c) that they consent and waive any objection to the jurisdiction of said courts for any such disputes.

Miscellaneous. The Contest is void where prohibited. If any provision or part-provision of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Official Rules. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Sponsor may suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, in which case the prizes will be awarded among the eligible Submissions received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible. With reference to the Italian participants please note that this Contest does not constitute a “Manifestazione a Premio” under the provisions of D.P.R. 430/2001 because winner(s) are selected and prizes are assigned to them on the basis of their personal writing talent and consequently the exception described under Article 6, par. 1, letter a) of the above-mentioned decree shall apply.