I was surprised at how challenging this puzzle turned out to be, but it was correctly picked off by Ottoman in its waning minutes. PortMoresby submitted the only other suggestion, the Labbatt's brewery in Toronto.
Gumbo was enjoying a glass at the mothership of stout beer, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. He was taking in the 360 degree views from the comfort of its Gravity Bar which encompasses not only the huge brewery complex (a part of which you see in the above photo but which in toto covers several city blocks), but also gives you grand vistas of Dublin. Like several of you, Gumbo couldn't help but notice how very flat the city was in this field of view.
Gumbo was just one of hundreds of tourists drawn that day to what's promoted as "Ireland's #1 visitor attraction". It was the history of the place that attracted Gumbo. Arthur Guinness began brewing stout here at St James Gate Brewery in 1759. Within a century this complex was the the largest brewery in the world, and it still brews 10 million pints a day (although today the Guinness brewery in Nigeria is larger than its Dublin counterpart, and the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado is now the largest single site brewery in the world).
(entry to Storehouse and Arthur'Guinness' original lease)
The admission fee of about 15 Euros includes a self-guided tour of the old fermentation plant (everything is very well labeled and illustrated) and, when you're done, a free pint. The old plant was refurbished in the late 20th century into the facility that today gives tours and promotes its product very efficiently. Gumbo entered into a large glass atrium; embedded in its floor under plexiglass is the original 9,000 year lease Arthur Guinness signed for the rate of 45 pounds/ year (note: this lease no longer valid as the brewery has since purchased the land). The tour takes you up through seven stories and along the way tells the story of how Guinness stout is made from water, barley, hops and yeast. All phases of production are discussed and illustrated, up to its bottling and shipping.
(tour of Guinness Storehouse)
At the very top of the building you'll find the Gravity Bar which offers great views of Dublin all the way to the Irish Sea. It's a good place to cash in the free Guinness coupon you paid for with your admission and try a pint of Arthur's stout. Stout is not everyone's drink and is not my favorite, but I have to admit the Guinness draft in Ireland is much better than what we can get in North America (at least to my palate). Not sure if that's because the product doesn't ship well or because local franchisees just haven't perfected the Guinness process.
(views from the Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse)
As you would expect, there's an enormous gift shop to lighten your wallet near the exit where you can purchase a large assortment of Guinness related memorabilia. But Gumbo didn't stop to buy anything. He's off on a new adventure which he'll share with you tomorrow in our new "Where in the World is Gumbo?"
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