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Skip the line and experience the age-old tradition of Ireland's Guinness brew during this connoisseur taste experience at the Guinness Storehouse. Spend 75-minutes in the luxurious bar and enjoy a guided tasting session with samples of several Guinness blends. Choose your favorite and enjoy a pint with a view at the Gravity Bar. Once you're finished, explore the museum at your leisure and learn about the history of one of Ireland's favorite beers. This tour option is perfect for beer-lovers who want to experience the best of Dublin's darkest brews.

Highlights

  • 75-minute Guinness connoisseur tasting session inside Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse
  • Skip the long entrance lines outside the Guinness Storehouse and head straight inside
  • Learn all about the legendary Irish dry stout from your guide – a Guinness connoisseur!
  • Sample four popular Guinness variants: Guinness Draft, Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra and Guinness Black Lager
  • Enjoy two pints of Guinness: one at the end of your tasting session and one inside the Gravity bar
  • Take home a Guinness Storehouse souvenir

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Guinness Connoisseur Taste Experience at the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness- Connoisseur Taste Experience at Dublin's Guinness Storehouse

Step inside Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and head to the Guinness Connoisseur Experience – a luxurious lounge tucked away on the attraction’s 4th floor. Meet your personal Guinness connoisseur – an expert Guinness guide – and then sit down for your 75-minute tasting session.

As your guide explains Guinness' history, characteristics and quirks, learn how the legendary Irish stout has come to be one of the most successful beer brands around the world. While explaining the different brands and the pouring ‘rituals’ needed to achieve a perfect head, your guide will pour four samples for you to try: Guinness Draft, Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra and Guinness Black Lager.

Enjoy the creaminess of the draft beer, poured fresh from a tap in the bar, and contrast its smooth flavor with the rich chocolate-like tones of the extra stout. Savor the full-bodied notes of Guinness Foreign Extra and hear how it’s brewed with extra hops and barley to give it a more bitter bite. The fourth sample – black lager – is a cold-brewed version of the classic Irish stout that was only launched in 2012.

At the end of your tasting session, pick your favorite stout and enjoy a pint of it while relaxing with your group. Before leaving the room, your guide will give you a Guinness souvenir to take home, and then point you in the right direction to explore Guinness Storehouse at leisure. The museum is huge, with seven floors of memorabilia and interactive exhibitions that document the brew's history, production and Irish appeal! Finish up with a visit to the Gravity bar, enjoying great views over Dublin as well as another complimentary pint of Guinness draft.

Customer Reviews

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a two hour history and tasting experience on many brews in an air conditioned room by a great lady named Beth. Well worth the money

mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I have never tasted Guinness before. I decided to go for it. This was so much fun! I did not take the basic tour so I have nothing to compare. But this was personal, behind the scenes, comprehensive and fun. I would highly recommend it!

Tony T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I would recommend the Connoisseur experience to anyone who would prioritize the Guinness Storehouse as one of the locations they have to visit in Dublin. The experience was beyond my expectations and my face seemed to hurt from all the laughs and smiling while in the exclusive bar room. We received enough Guinness, history, and jokes to make the extra seem all too worth the price. Alan was our guide and he did a fantastic job at facilitating a warm welcoming atmosphere! 10/10

Melanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was pricey, but one of the funnest things on the trip! I bought this tour for my husband and he loved the private bar experience. Darren, our bartender/guide was funny and knowledgeable about all things Guinness and gave great recommendations of places to go afterwards. We are now Certified in serving Guinness draught!

Normandy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great experience that met every expectation.

Mary Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time with the connoisseur experience. Ian was our tour leader. He was very knowledgeable about the products. We were able to sample four Guinness beers and were taught how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. Would highly recommend this experience!

Nicole S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I can and #39;t imagine going to the Guinness factory without this tour. It was the highlight of our trip!

Caitlin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a highlight of our trip! For beer lovers out there, the connoisseur experience is highly recommended. Make sure to set aside plenty of extra time to make your way through the rest of the storehouse. There and #39;s so much to see and do, you could easily take a half day to see it all.

Gary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One word to sum up this tour..Outstanding! When I booked the tour I had the choice between the general tour and the VIP, I opted for the Connoisseur and it was a good choice. we arrived at the Storehouse and were put into a entrance queue, I gave them our voucher and we were instructed to move to the side of the room. We were then escorted into a bar and grouped into about 16 others. About 10 minutes later our guide Darrin came over and took us to the private bar area. What a beautiful location, all dark wood, subdued lighting and a wonderful bar. Darrin then led us through the tasting and history of Guinness, what a treat to do this at a very leisurely pace. He then taught us how to pour a proper pint and then enjoy the fruits of our class. If you re going to book a tour to Guinness do the Connoisseur, you will not be disappointed.

Vicki N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I can't imagine going there and not doing this experience, definitely a highlight of our tour there

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