The Guinness Storehouse – recently crowned Europe’s top visitor attraction – has opened the doors to the Open Gate Brewery, the secret experimental brew house of Guinness. For the first time ever, the brewery is now welcoming visitors into its century-old idea lab.
Just around the corner from the Storehouse in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, the two-story factory warehouse, where Guinness brews its newest (and top secret) recipes, has remained relatively hidden among the cobblestone streets of the iconic St. James’ Gate.
Offering a much more intimate setting, the atmospheric warehouse taproom, with chalkboard menus and tables of reclaimed wood and the purple up-lit brewery in the background, serves-up a mix of unreleased, small-batch Guinness and the largest selection of international Guinness varieties in the world, including Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and the Nitro IPA, a variety exclusive to the U.S. Market.
The Open Gate Brewery is only open on Thursday’s and Friday’s and requires reservations to be made ahead of time.