Fans of iconic brewer Guinness only have a few weeks to go before pints of the chocolaty stout begin flowing at its first brewery on U.S. soil in decades.
The long-awaited Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House (5001 Washington Boulevard, Relay, Md.) is now scheduled to open on Friday, August 3. Washington Business Journal reports that the massive facility will include a 10-barrel brewhouse; taproom and gift shop; a restaurant, catered by commercial giant Aramark, featuring upscale Irish pub food; and a 100-hectoliter production house focused of producing beer — including recent addition Guinness Blonde — for retail sales.
Visitors will be able to grab a beer from any of the 90 taps sprinkled throughout the facility. But don’t plan on spending all day there watching sports or screaming at partisan pundits; management has decided that the only programming allowed on its TVs are educational videos about Guinness beer and the brewing process.
Guinness broke ground on the new brewery last summer. It set up a temporary tasting room last summer to whet locals’ appetite for the main event.