For over 100 years there’s 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 new beers to life.
As well as pouring the famous Guinness stout and the latest Brewers Project beers such as Hop House 13, Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter, the brewers will share early, small batch versions of their latest experimental beers to try which – with some exceptions – will only be available at The Open Gate Brewery.
Guinness Nitro IPA (with a bitterness quotient of 44 IBU) was launched into the US recently, explained Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer at Diageo.
A selection of other new Guinness beers from around the world, which have not been available to date in Ireland, will now also be exclusively available in the Open Gate Brewery which will be open to the public via pre-booking costing €6 (including a tasting flight of four beers of choice) from 5.30pm to 10.30pm on Thursday and Friday evenings.
Beer enthusiasts are invited to step inside the brewery, meet the Guinness brewers and beer experts and sample a range of brewing innovations from Diageo Ireland.
At this afternoon’s launch, for example, the tasting flight consisted of Guinness Golden Ale, Open Gate Brewery Nitro IPA, Open Gate Brewery Milk Stout and Open Gate Brewery Imperial Dunkel Weisse.
Another of the brewing innovations consists of Open Gate Brewery whisky Barrel Fermeted Ale which will continue to mature as the weeks go on. In the meantime, monitoring and recording of the changes in the Ale as the barrel’s influence on the Ale grows and ebbs will be undertaken and visitors are welcome to assess the brew for themselves on their visit.
“There is huge interest in beer nowadays so it’s exciting to open the doors to the public, give people a look inside our world and of course, share some batches of experimental beers that we’re working on,” explained Guinness Brewer Peter Simpson.