When most people think of Ireland they think of St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks, whiskey and beer. Specifically, Guinness and Jameson. So, naturally I had to go visit both of these places when visiting Dublin.
On Saturday we were given a free day to explore the city of Dublin and a few of us decided to go visit the Jameson Distillery. The tour is made up of a short history lesson about Jameson, whiskey tasting and a free drink at the end. It was only a short walk away from the hostel we were in and gave us something fun to do on our day off.
Monday we had the opportunity to visit the Guinness Storehouse and it did not disappoint. The Guinness tour was much larger and longer than the Jameson tour. At the end you were given the choice to enjoy a free pint of guinness in their Gravity Bar or you could learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
I anticipated the Guinness Storehouse to be more of a first hand look at Guinness being made, but it was more of a museum type tour. One floor in the Guinness Storehouse was solely dedicated to advertising, which is exciting for us because we are here studying mass media. They had everything, from the very first Guinness ad to the different types of bottles throughout the years. In the first advertisement it talked about Guinness’s health-giving values such as building strong muscles, helping your nerves and enriching the blood. I found this quite funny because nowadays you would never associate beer and good health. That first ad really showed how much advertisements and people’s view on alcohol have changed.