Guinness Factory, Dublin

Last February I headed over to Dublin for a few days to meet with colleagues from Automattic – many of them for the first time. I’ve written about that trip in general before, but never posted the pictures from our trip to the home of Guinness – the black stuff which is ubiquitous throughout the city.

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Some of us did a tutored pouring, learning the proper way to get the head just right.

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I did successfully complete the test, and got the certificate to say I now apparently know what I’m doing, but I’m not convinced it would be enough to satisfy Glaswegian punters. I’ll just stick to taking photos.

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There was even a tutored session on how to drink Guinness properly. Through the foam, arm at a specific angle etc. Apparently I’d been drinking it wrong all these years. Who knew?

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When we used to want to drink on the sly, Guinness was always a great choice. Hide it in a Coke bottle and it looks remarkably similar.

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Next we headed up to the rooftop bar, which has a rather pleasant view over Dublin.

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The day we were there was unusually sunny, and the glass box could have used some sort of outdoor terrace.

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Luckily there was no shortage of Guinness to help with the dehydration.

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We each got a token for a free pint, which was grand. Even more grand was that a fair number of people weren’t up for drinking theirs, and ended up donating them to me. This was all well and good, but even I struggle to tank 6 pints of Guinness in under half an hour, and I gave one of them away to a very grateful Irishman before we left. The first and last time I will ever be seen passing on free alcohol.

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