The Guinness Open Gate Brewery

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Logo name authorBy Mark Keane

There’s long been talk among beer lovers about Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, a beer that was once brewed solely for foreign markets, which would amaze you if you could get your hands on it. Guinness, seeing peoples growing demand for beer, and the huge success of new beers like Hop 13 and the Dublin and West Indies porters, decided to officially open the gates to their experimental brewery.

This experimental brewery has been around for over 100 years, is located just past the famous Guinness black gates, and is now called “The Open Gate Brewery”. It’s open every Thursday and Friday from 530 to 1030, giving you an opportunity to meet the brewers at their work, chat with them about the brewing process, and sample whatever beers they have brewed. There will be small batch experimental beers every week to go along with favourites like Hop House 13 and regular Guinness stout.

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Bookings need to be made in advance, it costs 6 euro’s per person and comes with a tasting board of 4 sample size beers. You will get to try new festive beers like an 8.4% Imperial Dunkelweiss, a 6.4% Milk Stout, and the previously unavailable Guinness Nitro IPA in a unique atmosphere. There will also be some gourmet snack foods available.

With all this talk of new weekly beers, what will ultimately happen to them? Some of them will end up at your local pub or the far side of the world, while others won’t leave the brewery walls.

The home of the black stuff is making brewers and beer lover’s dreams come true. To make a booking, you can ring or email them, but the best way is to visit


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