Achieving greatness is one thing, to maintain that stature is another. To do so often means trying to strike a balance between adapting to changing times without sacrificing that essential thing that made you great in the first place. When Guinness opened up its first brewery on American soil in 1954, this was the philosophy that guided it. While this Baltimore location is not the first Guinness brewery to open outside of its Irish homeland (that would be in London), the Guinness Open Gate Brewery was created to not only bring Irish tradition to the United States but also to use the American spirit of experimentation to drive their already great beer further. The Guinness Open Gate Brewery was also not the very first American brewery for the Guinness Company, but thanks to its experimental nature it provides a fresh take on beer for people to enjoy. It was a strategic decision that paid off, as their Baltimore location has allowed Guinness to remain more in touch with trends in one of the most dynamic markets in the world, helping them stay ahead of the curve and respond accordingly. The location was chosen to be close to Baltimore and Washington DC.
There are a variety of beers available at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, brewed both locally and in Dublin. The real draw of this facility, however, is the opportunity to tour the brewery and see how this world-famous beer is made for yourself. There are multiple options with different features that include tastings along with the tour, including some beers that are available exclusively at the brewery, so these are a must for any fan of Guinness beers. The Guinness Open Gate Brewery also hosts an on-site restaurant called the 1817 Restaurant. Watch the video below for a behind the scenes look at the brewery. Plan your visit today.
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