Guinness, the flavour of Ireland. This is not only a beer, it has a cult of its own. While the Guinness Draught is the most popular and iconic beer of the brand, they do however develop other types of beer in their experimental brewery. Behind their doors, it has been a place for brewers to explore new recipes, experiment with old ones, and try to create new drafts.

It is thanks to the Guinness brewers project that we have wonderful variations as The Hop House 13, The Dublin Porter, or The Golden Ale exist. The brewers are innovating for the sake of something great, beer and a range of variety.  If you want an insider’s view of what’s happening at the experimental brewery you will have to get booking!

 

Secret Nights

Only a few times a month, Guinness gives you access to their experimental bar at the Open Gate Brewery. They offer a range of beers; from Sea Salt and Burnt Sugar stout, a Nitro Coffee stout, to something as unusual as the Apple Pie Christmas Ale.

All are only available inside of Ireland, and some that you can only taste inside the brewery. The best part about the experience? They rotate the beers every other week, so you can get a new taste of the batches, that are being created.

This is heaven for craft beer lovers, as some of the ones you taste might end up at your favourite store (and therefore able to enjoy whenever and wherever you want to), but of course, it also means, that some of them will never see the light outside the brewery.

The beauty of this place is that it offers you an experience, something to remember. Beers that you might taste only once in a lifetime, and the possibility of being a part of something bigger. But what you really want to know is… how can you get there?

 

What You Need To Know

Well, first thing is making a reservation. Preferably three to four weeks ahead. This place is a working brewery, so the bar is only open to the public a few times a week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). The second is that it opens for just a few hours (from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm) and the last entry is at 9:30 pm, so if you want to spend a couple of hours, have a conversation, and enjoy some beers, get there early. Also, the last chance to order is at 10:00 pm.

Another factor, that could be obvious but you have to know just in case is that you have to be over 18 to get in here. The brewery works as a pub, so no minors are allowed (if you want to show your kids the magic of Guinness, you can always take them on a visit to the factory). A ticket will cost you around 8 euros, and it includes a tasting board with four beers (⅓ of a pint each), and you can choose them to your taste. The brewers will also give you notes on everything you are trying and let you know how it is created in the first place.

What you should expect; amazing beer of course! Besides your tasting board, you can order your classic Guinness Draught, the Hop House Lager, enjoy the likings of a Jamaican, or a Rye Pale Ale, and depending on the season, get ones like the Oktoberfest Bier, or the Old Town Christmas Ale.


About Author: Brittnay is an Aussie who lived in London for two years before making the move to Dublin. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time (including lots of cheese & wine). Her adventures of travel and house sitting is captured The Travelling House Sitters

Guinness, the flavour of Ireland. This is not only a beer, it has a cult of its own. While the Guinness Draught is the most popular and iconic beer of the brand, they do however develop other types of beer in their experimental brewery. Behind their doors, it has been a place for brewers to explore new recipes, experiment with old ones, and try to create new drafts.

It is thanks to the Guinness brewers project that we have wonderful variations as The Hop House 13, The Dublin Porter, or The Golden Ale exist. The brewers are innovating for the sake of something great, beer and a range of variety.  If you want an insider's view of what's happening at the experimental brewery you will have to get booking!

 

Secret Nights

Only a few times a month, Guinness gives you access to their experimental bar at the Open Gate Brewery. They offer a range of beers; from Sea Salt and Burnt Sugar stout, a Nitro Coffee stout, to something as unusual as the Apple Pie Christmas Ale.

All are only available inside of Ireland, and some that you can only taste inside the brewery. The best part about the experience? They rotate the beers every other week, so you can get a new taste of the batches, that are being created.

This is heaven for craft beer lovers, as some of the ones you taste might end up at your favourite store (and therefore able to enjoy whenever and wherever you want to), but of course, it also means, that some of them will never see the light outside the brewery.

The beauty of this place is that it offers you an experience, something to remember. Beers that you might taste only once in a lifetime, and the possibility of being a part of something bigger. But what you really want to know is… how can you get there?

 

What You Need To Know

Well, first thing is making a reservation. Preferably three to four weeks ahead. This place is a working brewery, so the bar is only open to the public a few times a week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). The second is that it opens for just a few hours (from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm) and the last entry is at 9:30 pm, so if you want to spend a couple of hours, have a conversation, and enjoy some beers, get there early. Also, the last chance to order is at 10:00 pm.

Another factor, that could be obvious but you have to know just in case is that you have to be over 18 to get in here. The brewery works as a pub, so no minors are allowed (if you want to show your kids the magic of Guinness, you can always take them on a visit to the factory). A ticket will cost you around 8 euros, and it includes a tasting board with four beers (⅓ of a pint each), and you can choose them to your taste. The brewers will also give you notes on everything you are trying and let you know how it is created in the first place.

What you should expect; amazing beer of course! Besides your tasting board, you can order your classic Guinness Draught, the Hop House Lager, enjoy the likings of a Jamaican, or a Rye Pale Ale, and depending on the season, get ones like the Oktoberfest Bier, or the Old Town Christmas Ale.


About Author: Brittnay is an Aussie who lived in London for two years before making the move to Dublin. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time (including lots of cheese & wine). Her adventures of travel and house sitting is captured The Travelling House Sitters