Not only is Ireland the home of the Black stuff but it also has many other breweries and distilleries dotted throughout the landscape which are well worth a visit. You will get to sample some of the world’s finest beers and whiskeys while also getting to see the fascinating process of how it’s made.
1. The Guinness Storehouse
Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of Irelands most popular tourist attractions. It is the home of the Black stuff in the heart of Dublin city and is sure to be an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. A fine reward at the end, a pint of the good stuff!
2. The Old Bushmills Distillery
The Old Bushmills Distillery is a distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. At the conclusion of your tour you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in the 1608 Bar.
3. Jameson Distillery
Located in Dublin, relive the story of John Jameson and Sons throughout the drink’s history, the atmosphere and above all the taste. You will discover the time honored secret of how three simple ingredients, water, barley and yeast, are transformed into the smooth golden spirit that has been and will always be Jameson Irish Whiskey.
The Smithwick’s Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny has been transformed into a state of the art visitor centre that will immerse you in Ireland’s oldest beer, teach you about the craft of brewing and, ultimately at the end of the tour, allow you to taste the perfect Smithwick’s pint.
5. Bulmer’s Original Irish Cider
Commercial cider production was started in Clonmel in the 1930s, by local man William Magner. Dowd’s Lane in Clonmel was the original location of this burgeoning enterprise. Bulmers cider production now takes place in a state of the art facilities at Annerville on the outskirts of Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.