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28. Mai 2018

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is not only a historical landmark building – it’s also a pilgrimage site

Almost 1 in 2 pints consumed in Ireland every day is a pint of Guinness

The Storehouse was erected between 1902 and 1904. It was built by Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd for use as a fermentation house. Fermentation is the last stage of the brewing process where yeast is added to the boiled mixture of barley, water, hops and allowed to ferment.

The Storehouse building is 125 feet high, 170 feet long and 151 feet wide.

The building is reputedly the first steel framed building in the British Isles to be built in the Chicago style, whereby the walls act as a barrier to the elements with steel girders forming the main structure of the building. The second such building to be built in this manner in the British Isles was the Ritz hotel in London.

The Chicago School were a group of architects based in Chicago led by Frederick Bauman and William le Baron Jenny, who built high rise buildings without using the heavy load bearing walls frequently used during that period.

The steel for the building was provided by Sir William Arrol and Company who was also responsible for the steel on the Firth of Forth railway bridge in Scotland.

The Storehouse was converted into a sterile plant in the 1950s when the wooden tuns (large vessels to hold fermenting beer made of oak or pine) were replaced by aluminium ones. The Storehouse housed the largest tun in the world, which had a capacity of 7,800 barrels of beer. The overall capacity of the Storehouse in 1960 was 39,300 barrels.

By the 1980s, the plant was over 30 years old and unsuitable for adapting to modern brewing processes. The decision was made to relocate the fermentation plant to a new facility elsewhere on the St. James’s Gate site and the Storehouse finally closed its doors in 1986.

In October 1997 plans were accepted to develop the Storehouse into a public visitors’ centre. The visitor experience took four years to create and was opened as Guinness Storehouse, the home of Guinness, in December 2000.

A very good idea chance to discover the site is this years  Guinness X Meatopia.

Beer and food lovers from far and wide, will get together again and relish this one of a kind celebration. The three day beer and food festival that’s like no other, will run from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July, when GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will take residency in a very special part of the brewery that’s home to all beer innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate.

Signature dishes grilled or smoked over sustainable wood and charcoal, will be created by some of the world’s best live fire chefs and will be matched to the beers brewed especially for the culinary feast. Bringing out the best of the flavours and tastes on offer, Guinness Draught and the exciting beers from the Open Gate Brewery will also find themselves paired with some of these never been tasted before dishes.

Whilst satiating their appetite, festival-goers will get to know the top Irish and international chefs, soon to be announced, plus the brewers and beer sommeliers. In true Meatopia style, they will quickly find themselves amongst a new and wonderful mix of passionate individuals and collectives from the worlds of beer, food and fire.

Images: Courtesy of Guinness

Guinness X Meatopia: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July

Tickets and all information about the Storehouse here

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