Staff from Newry JBO were treated to a day trip to Dublin on 10 October 2015, organised by Newry Sports and Social Workplace Club, to visit the famous Guinness Store House, officially the most popular tourist attraction in Europe.
The day started at 9.30am when 26 enthusiasts of the “black stuff” left Newry for the journey to Dublin. We arrived for a tour of the impressive pint shaped complex which was led by our own guide and 26 sets of headphones. We were soon full of facts and figures about yeast, water, hops, barrels and fermentation. We were amazed that over 10 million pints of Guinness a day are consumed around the world.
We were also treated to a history of the iconic advertising logos and characters that have made Guinness such a success.
At long last we stampeded into the tasting room and sampled the finest Guinness, making sure that we followed official tasting techniques to fully appreciate this nectar from the gods. Our final part of the trip involved further Guinness sampling in the Gravity Bar while enjoying the breath-taking 360 degree views of Dublin city.
We then made the short hop to Dublin city centre for a lovely meal in a local hotel. Shopping and further social interaction were then the order of the day until reluctantly, but inevitably we journeyed back to Newry.
The Guinness store house is great tourist attraction and along with the buzz of Dublin city centre this has been a memorable trip for all concerned.