The Guinness Storehouse is a good mile and a half from St. Stephens Green (according to the tourist signs which I was dumb enough to follow). Fortunately we came across the Bull & Castle about halfway there.
Bull & Castle Pub, 5/7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin
We learned that the Bull & Castle is Dublin's best pub for craft beer selection. It's where the local beer geeks hang out, and the homebrew club holds its meetings upstairs.
Any football fans out there who can explain to me the meaning of the pint glass in the lower right corner of the screen? I've seen it on at least two networks.
There's lots more to try here, so I'm sure I'll be back.
The sun was actually shining today, so the rest of the walk was quite pleasant. The Guinness Storehouse is their tourist facility; they don't do actual brewery tours anymore. It's set up on seven levels in the old fermentation building, and the self-guided tour shows a fair bit of the history of the company and its equipment.
The Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin
Floor plan of the Guinness Storehouse. Note the pint-glass shape of the atrium.
This is what it's like inside a freshly-poured Guinness.
"The world drinks over 10,000,000 glasses of Guinness every day."
An old 600-barrel kettle
Our own Porter brewster poses with a quote from Arthur Guinness
The tour ends on the top level with a free pint at the Gravity Bar.
The Gravity Bar atop the Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness tank farm as seen from above
All in all it was interesting for the average tourist, but We Who Chase Beer might find it a bit lacking.
The rain had started again, and we opted for a taxi to take us back to the Luas stop.
Tomorrow: Meeting John Duffy