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It was (at the time) Rachel's last weekend in NI, so we decided to take a last minute trip down to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. It was a spendy train ride, but I didn't mind because the scenery was beautiful and we even caught a bit if a nap (which is why there are no pictures). We went straight to the brewery when we arrived to try to sign up for the connoisseur tour...

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What is that, you ask?

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Well, we got a private bar all to ourselves (and everyone else who had signed up for it - about 16 other people) and we had a few hours to learn about Guinness and try all 4 of their current styles of beer.

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Hard to tell, but the bar itself was pretty swanky. The black ceiling tiles made it feel both traditional and luxurious.

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The first thing we tried was the lager - it was gross! Well, to me. I don't care for lagers anyway.

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Rachel didn't like it either, but we still posed with it!

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Next we had regular Guinness and learned all about how to drink it to taste it correctly. Swirl in the glass to break up the head, sniff, and sip. It wasn't bad!

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Then we had my favorite one, which was the Guinness they ship to other countries. I think it's called foreign draught? I don't remember! But that one tasted the best to me (though original nitrous draught has a better mouth feel).

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The last one we had was their original recipe and it was served barely cold, so I didn't care for it as much. I think I like cider because it's socially acceptable to put ice in it! Anyway, I let Brandon finish this one.

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Next, our bartender and tour guide (who was very nice) showed us how to pour a perfect pint.

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Here I am, really concentrating on doing it right! Ha ha!

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Then I got to enjoy my hard work! But because I'd already had more than I ever usually drink, I only got a few sips in. Guess who finished it for me?

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You guessed right! This goof!

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Brandon is king of beers!! Check out the lagers in his pockets.

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We FINALLY managed to get a little lunch in us. This was probably the least impressive thing I'd had to eat this far. Belfast does food better, that's for sure!

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But spirits were still high!

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After that, we briefly visited the sky bar and checked out the 360 degree view of beautiful Dublin.

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Then we wandered around the exhibits for a bit.

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We had a great time! I'm really not a drinker, but I would still highly recommend the brewery. Sure, it was touristy, but it was worth all the laughs.

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