This post was written by Friend, Jim Scott.
There are many things to do in Dublin that does not involve a pint of ale. The Trinity College Library where the famous Book of Kells is kept and which is also the largest library in Ireland. Or visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Ireland. Other landmarks include Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol or Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in Europe.
But I want to go back to what the Irish are known for and that is drinking. A few blocks from Temple Bar, which you can get to either on foot or via a short cab ride are two must stops if you enjoy a pint in your travels. The Guinness Storehouse or brewery and Brazen Head the oldest bar in Ireland dating back to 1198.
The Guinness Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness and by 1838 became the largest brewery in the world. Though no longer the largest brewery, it is the largest producer of stout in the world. To visit St. James Gate is typically a must if you visit Dublin.
See the largest pint glass in the world as an interactive tour takes you up through the brewery ending at the Gravity bar a rotating glass bar overlooking Dublin with beautiful views of the Irish countryside outside of Dublin. Enjoy a fresh poured pint of Guinness, while taking in the scenery.
Another must stop if you are interested in Ireland’s past time is The Brazen Head. The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. It has many rooms and bar areas and a nice outdoor patio as you first walk in. Plenty of Guinness and other ale’s on tap, with plenty of traditional Irish food to be enjoyed. It provides a great atmosphere and the last time we were there a chorus of Almost Heaven, Country Roads broke out as we sang loud off key with a group of guys from Belgium. “Country Roads” is sung and enjoyed worldwide! As Tony Caridi would say “It’s a good day to be a Mountaineer”, and that day, it was indeed.