Brewery tours are a staple of the beer industry. People love seeing how the fermentation process works; they love looking at the huge tankards of ale—oh, hell, who are we kidding? People love the free beer that comes with every trip through a brewery. They love the freshly brewed flagship beers, the carefully crafted microbrews and especially the beers that haven’t even hit their liquor store shelves yet.
And if you’re a fan of Guinness, that most classic and iconic of Irish stouts, you’re in luck: for the first time in 63 years, the company’s opening up a brewery here in the good ol’ U S of A.
According to FoodBeast:
Guinness’ parent company Diageo announced that it will open a brand-new facility in the United States, the first new Guinness brewery in the country in 63 years. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the current site in Relay, Maryland.
The brand’s stouts will continue to be made in Ireland, however, as the new facility will produce beers specifically for the US markets.
Guinness aims to open this brewery-customer experience combo in autumn of 2017, which will just about coincide with the company’s 200th anniversary of importing their wares to our fair shores.
Aside from enjoying the main stout and the craft brews, here are a few personal tips on what you should try with Guinness:
- A pint of Guinness with a shot of Tia Maria dropped into it: absolutely delicious
- Irish car bombs—duh
- Black Velvet (Guinness and champagne)
- Snakebite (sort of like the poor man’s version of a Black Velvet; instead of champagne, you get cider. Still pretty tasty, though)
As for me, I’ll see you in line at the opening of the Guinness Brewery this fall.