Dublin – August 28, 2012 – By Lancelot

Dublin capital of Ireland.

When we arrive we  hop on a bus to get a good sense of the city.  The city was a war zone until the IRA declared a cease-fire. You can still see some of the damage from the fighting.   On O’Connell street, there’s a large statue with big bullet holes in it . 

We get of the bus at the old Guinness storage house.

 

This is  largest  store house, in the shape of a giant pint of Guinness beer, in the World.  If the giant pint was full of beer, it would  hold 14.3 Million pints of beer.

Arthur Guinness  started brewing ales in 1759 at the St.  James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin.  On December 31, 1759 he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for an unused brewery.  Ten years later, on May 19, 1769, Guinness first exported his ale.  He shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain.  Already one of the top-three British and Irish brewers, Guinness’ sales soared from 350,000 barrels  in 1868 to 779,000 barrels in 1876.  In October 1886 Guinness became a public company, and was averaging sales of 1,138,000 barrels a year.  Even though Guinness owned no public houses, the company was valued at £6 million and shares were twenty times oversubscribed, with share prices rising to a 60% premium on the first day of trading.

By 1914, Guinness was producing 2,652,000 barrels of beer a year, which was more than double that of its nearest competitor Bass.  Guinness  was also supplying more than 10% of the total UK beer market.  In the 1930s, Guinness became the seventh largest company in the world.  Before 1939, if a Guinness brewer was to even think about  marrying a Catholic, his resignation was requested.  According to Thomas Molloy, who wrote in the Irish Independent, the company had no problem about selling drinks to Catholics but it did everything it could to avoid employing them.

In the 1970s, following declining sales, a decision was made to make Guinness Extra Stout more “drinkable”.  The gravity was somewhat  reduced, and the brand relaunched in 1981.  For the first time Pale malt and hop extract were in use.  The Guinness brewery in Park Royal, London closed in 2005.  The production of all Guinness sold in the UK and Ireland transferred to St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin.

This is how it works:

First they take a portion of the raw barley and soak it in water to give Guinness its dark color.

This is called the fermentation process and it converts the starch into sugar.  Then barley is dried to stop the fermentation process.  This results in malted barley.  The next step involves grinding the malted barley in a big coffee grinder.   The grinding is done in hot water and while adding hops and yeast.  The yeast converts the sugar into alcohol which is called a wash.  The wash is run through a filter to get all the hard stuff out.    The hard stuff is given to the cows (very happy cows ).  Next the filtered wash is put into barrels. Until the late 1950s Guinness was still racked into wooden casks.  In the late 1950s and early 1960s aluminum kegs began replacing the wooden casks; these were nicknamed “iron lungs”.  We go up to The final floor The Gravity Bar, it has  almost a 360° panorama view  over Dublin.

 

Everyone who goes up can claim  their free glass of black stuff, aka  Guinness beer.

After this we hop back on the tour bus and finish our loop around the city. We make a quick stop at Trinity College.

     

And then finish our loop.

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After completing the loop around the city we look for a place to go to mass.

 

After this we do some window shopping.

 

and make a special stop in the Disney store and get a leprechaun Mickey mouse for Max.

After exploring the city we go enjoy the local night life 😉

We end up going to Gallagher Boxty House and get some delicious Irish pancakes wrapped around a yummy steak with a creamy white sauce.

It was delicious .  😉 After a great dinner we head back to the car and get ready to go Newgrange.

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