The Open Gate Brewery Dublin: the experimental brewery by Guinness

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The Open Gate Brewery at St. James’s Gate is a little gem in Dublin a few tourists know about and it’s housed in the same location of the Guinness Storehouse. For over a hundred years, there has been an experimental brewery at St. James’s Gate where the brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting new beers to life.

Today at The Open Gate Brewery the brewers welcome the public into the process of brewing in an intimate brewing experience at St James’s Gate, just a few blocks away from the Worldwide famous Guinness Storehouse.

As well as pouring the Guinness stout and the latest Brewers Project beers, the brewers share early, small batch versions of their experimental beers to try, which will only be available in The Open Gate Brewery. A selection of other new Guinness beers from around the world, which have not been available to date in Ireland, are also exclusively available to visitors in The Open Gate Brewery.

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A selection of beers available at The Open Gate- March 2017

How does the Open Gate Brewery work?

The Open Gate Brewery is open to the public every Thursday and Friday night from 5.30pm – 10.30pm, inviting beer enthusiasts to step inside the brewery, meet the Guinness brewers and beer experts and sample a range of great brewing innovations.

Those interested in visiting The Open Gate Brewery have to log on to, call (01) 4712455 or email [email protected] to reserve a place.

Entrance to The Open Gate Brewery is €6 per person and the entrance fee includes some sample beers to taste on the night. (Strictly over 18s only, management reserves the right to refuse admission)

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Is it worth visiting the Open Gate??

It does if you love beer and you want a different experience. It does not worth it if you are not particularly fond of craft beers and if the idea of not eating it’s uninspiring. Also take into account that the Open Gate works just like a pub and children under 18 cannot enter. If you love well-poured pint of Guinness then you should definitely read my article on how to pour a Guinness following the six official rules.

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[The pictures are copyright of Guinness Ireland and cannot be used]

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