Photo Credit: ccharmon

I know that Dublin has tons to offer. History, culture, architecture, park space, castles and seaside. But if I were to go to Dublin it would be all about the beer!

Knowing my love of beer it might be hard to believe that I’ve actually never had a Guinness! You see, I come from the Pacific Northwest; an area of Canada and USA that is known for great beer. Handcrafted, small batch, micro-brewed, and extremely local, the beer here is better than any I’ve had around the world. Okay, maybe Germany comes close.

I will have my very first Guinness in Dublin. Quite the pilgrimage don’t you think?

Here’s how I would spend my time:

I’m a fan of getting a lay of the land. I love small scale city tours that show off the best of what a city has to offer. Then I can return to my favorites later on my own. So a Dublin Pub Tour would be the perfect way to kick off a visit to Dublin that focuses on beer.

Then I think it would be straight to the source; a visit to the St James Gate Brewery where Guinness is produced. Should I save my first official pint of Guinness for here? Drink from the headwaters so to speak?

A chance to step back in time comes with a visit to The Brazen Head. Claiming to be Irelands oldest pub you’d have to think that they know how to pull a pint!

The Porterhouse is an opportunity to try some Irish micro-brewed beers. They tout fresh, local, unpasteurized  lagers, stouts and ales. I will do my duty and try them all.

Finally,  Messrs Maguires gets as close to the true brewpub as I know it here. A small pub centered around the constant brewing activity in the kettles. Brewing only three beers; an ale, a bock and a lager, you know they are taking care with each of them. I have a feeling this might be my favorite.

go-with-oh-badge-150x150-8031782Don’t worry now, I wouldn’t do it all in one day! It’s all about pacing…

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