“Irish you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!” – Me
It’s always really cool when a new place to visit pops up in your area. Last summer the Guinness Open Gate Brewery opened right outside Baltimore, Maryland making it the only Guinness Brewery in the United States. Fun, right?
A few weeks ago I realized that St. Patrick’s Day was coming up and something made me think to look up the Guinness Brewery. It’s probably the fact that they’re an Irish beer/company and St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, so yeah.. that was definitely it. This was their first St. Patrick’s Day open and they were planning a ticketed event all weekend to celebrate. I got tickets for us and some other friends got tickets as well.
It was a gorgeous day! The brewery is pretty big with three levels and a lot of land. The top is the 1817 Restaurant (after the year the first Guinness beer arrived in the US), the middle level that has the open bar that serves all of their beers and some good bar food, and the gift shop, and the bottom level is part of the brewery. The lowest level is glass surround so you can see everything, but you have to be a part of the tour to actually go in.
The open area is huge. The land used to be a whiskey distillery prior. For this event they had beer trucks, food trucks, a band playing, seating areas with games. I saw the most intense giant sized Jenga game I’ve ever seen, there was even a big crowd for it.
I thought the entire event was fantastic. The event was appropriately priced at $15 (which included one beer), they did a great job with managing ticket sales so that it wasn’t too crowded, the special event menu was all traditional Irish feasts that were so good, and they even had bagpipers perform!
This was our second time at the Guinness Brewery and we had a lot of fun both times. It’s free to visit unless you decide to do a tour which is $15 and includes a tasting. If you’re in the DC area, we highly recommend it.
In case you didn’t know, the Guinness Blonde used to be brewed up the road in PA but has since been brought down to this brewery making it the only place that brews it. You should also check out their website because they have a ton of interesting information.
I really do wish whatever you did on with your St. Patrick’s Day was just as fun!
Until next time!