Many will head straight for the St James’ Gate Storehouse which has become the city’s foremost tourist attraction, with visitors flocking here to learn about the drink’s history, how it is made and, of course, to give it a try. Indeed, the Storehouse’s Gravity Bar offers unrivalled views across the city as far as the Wicklow Mountains – the source of the water with which Guinness is made – making it one of the best places to sink a glass.
However, unsurprisingly, the brew can be found all over town and indeed, all over Ireland.
Somewhat more surprising are these four facts about Guinness:
1. The original factory lease was 9,000 years long
But the proof is in the pudding. Back then, the site was only four acres in size. That has since expanded to cover more than 50 acres, with around 10 million glasses of Guinness sold every day around the world.
And while that 9,000 year lease is no longer valid, that is simply because the company has since bought the land outright.
2. It's actually red
3. It's not the heaviest of beers
Although that’s not to say its old 1920s marketing tagline of Guinness is good for you has much weight. A recent study did find that the swarthy stout contains antioxidants that boost the immune system and that it can reduce blood clots as well as the risk of heart attacks. But the fact remains that it is still alcohol and so comes with a wide range of side effects if consumed to excess.