Tom Quirk

Rolling out the barrels: Guinness brewery takes shape, raising hopes of boom in tourism

Rolling out the barrels: Guinness brewery takes shape, raising hopes of boom in tourism

As Guinness prepares to open its first taproom in Relay next month, the Irish brand’s arrival is raising hopes that it will be a boon for nearby business.

“We’ve been working for two-and-a-half years to turn Arbutus around,” said Bettina Tebo, president of the Greater Arbutus Business Association. “And it was perfect timing for Guinness to come in when they did.”

The Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House — named after a similar venture in Dublin — will open in Relay as a combination brewery and visitor center. The $50 million project will be the first Guinness brewery on U.S. soil since 1954, according to the company.

The company expects

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