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Guinness Open Gate Brewery Baltimore
Guinness Open Gate Brewery

Five reasons to visit the Guinness brewery in Baltimore

Beer goggles at the ready! It's time to see behind the scenes with one of the world's most famous brewers

Written by
Julekha Dash

When Guinness debuted its Baltimore brewery in 2018, it was the iconic brand’s first American outpost in over 60 years. Bringing Irish beer to Maryland has proven to be a winning recipe as just last month Guinness Open Gate Brewery welcomed its one millionth customer. The signature harp symbol greets guests as they enter the three-story beerhouse, which offers tours, sells Guinness swag, and serves food and a variety of brews to suit every kind of beer lover. If you haven’t already been among the million customers so far, here are five reasons to get your butt down to Guinness Open Gate.

Five reasons to visit Baltimore's Guinness brewery

You’ll get to try experimental beers made only here
Guinness Open Gate Brewery

1. You’ll get to try experimental beers made only here

Drinkers can choose from more than 15 beers on tap, including a number of distinctive Maryland-made brews. Over the Moon Milk Stout appeals to fans of hearty dark beers while the Guinness IPA blends tropical notes with East and West Coast brewing styles. Now, although most beer aficionados associate Guinness with its stout, the Baltimore brewery’s flagship beer, the Guinness Blonde, will win over fans of light and citrusy beverages.

Beer geeks will delight in the informative tour
Guinness Open Gate Brewery

2. Beer geeks will delight in the informative tour

Guests touring the beerhouse will learn how the beverage is made, along with lots of interesting facts about the brand’s history. For instance, did you know that the famous toucan used to promote Guinness was dreamt up in the 1930s by artist John Gilroy? Another exhibit takes a closer look at how the brewers age their beer in wooden barrels. True beer buffs can even sign up for an event that digs deeper into how the beer is made.

Guinness supports the community
Photograph: @GuinnessBreweryUS

3. Guinness supports the community

The beer maker has invested in food banks, job training groups and legal aid supporting Baltimore’s black community. Most recently, it teamed up with Black Women Build Baltimore, to create the tea-infused High Vis Cream Ale. The nonprofit teaches carpentry, plumbing and other skills to rebuild abandoned homes in West Baltimore.

Guests won’t leave hungry
Photograph: @GuinnessBreweryUS

4. Guests won’t leave hungry

Beer and history aren’t the only reasons to pay a visit. The brewery’s culinary talent can whip up Maryland specialties like crab dip flatbread or Irish favorites such as Guinness beef stew. And check the calendar for multi-course dinners that pair Guinness beers with Irish grub.

Is there a better place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?
Guinness Open Gate Brewery

5. Is there a better place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Besides jetting off to Dublin, spending the day at Guinness Open Gate is hands down the best way to celebrate this most Irish of holidays. The brewery is hosting four weekends of St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, with live music, trivia and special edition beers. The two-acre lawn will be transformed into an “Irish village”, with food stalls and experiences where guests can print their picture on a beer glass and learn how to pour the perfect pint from the experts. Slainte!

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