On a recent trip to St. Louis we couldn’t leave without checking out the iconic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. The Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company is an American Icon and easily one of the top 100 things to do in St.Louis. Being home to some of the most popular brews in the world. We love tasting local beers and we love seeing the behind the scenes of different breweries and spirit facilities all around the world and this brew tour did not disappoint. The Anheuser-Busch Beer Tour is a must see and do while visiting St.Louis besides the St. Louis Arch.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
We decided to visit the brewery on a Sunday morning thinking that it would’t be that busy and well we were wrong. It turns out that this is brew tour is always busy. Although we showed up less than 30 minutes from opening we still had to wait nearly an hour for our to start. When entering they will pass you out a card with times on it for your tour time. You can also purchase a special scientific brew tour separate from the free tour. We decided to go with the FREE tour this day.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour – What to do before the Brewery Tour starts?
As soon as you walked into the main lobby area you see the history of this great iconic beverage brand in glass cases and on the wall. You can walk through the history of A-B while you wait for your tour. This rich history dates back many generations of brew lovers.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour – Tasting Room
There is also the Tasting Room which Liz and I took advantage of prior to our tour. Here we were able to try out different beer than that you will find in your local store. Here we were able to try out one of Shock Top’s Pretzel Brew. Yep we choose Pretzels this day and boy are we glad we did. One of our most favorite brews we have ever tried.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour – Biergarden Restaurant
This is not such a bad place to have to wait for a brew tour. There is a year round restaurant with great food called The Biergarden. Here you can grab some great food before or after the tour. If you are visiting St.Louis and want to have a some good food then come by here to have dinner with the family. You do not need to go on tour to have a meal here.
On the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
Once the tour got going we all migrated outside with 30 or so per tour. Here we were welcomed to the Aniheusier-Busch massive campus. As soon as we walked outside we were met with enormous sized buildings. You could just feel the shear massive size of this worldly recognized brewery.
It didn’t take long for us to meet some of the most recognized animals in the world, The Budweiser Clydesdales. This massive horse is one that Budweiser has been using in its marking campaigns for years and years. Yes they actually do keep the Clydesdales at the campus and they get some of the best treatment.
Walking into the stables was like walking into a shrine for all the Clydesdales around the world. This spotless stable is home of 12 or so Clydesdales each with their own personalized stalls. The Clydesdale travel all over the country for various marketing events, each taking turns.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour – Tasting the King of Beers
After visiting the Clydesdales we finally got a taste of some fresh ice cold beverages. We entered into a room where our guides explained each step by step of how they make their brew. not being huge fans of Budweiser and bud light, I have to say that it was extremely tasty. I decided to go with Budweiser and the freshness of the brew was above my expectations. After getting a run down of the process we head to the tanks.
Walking through the campus to our next stop you can feel the history of this iconic company. With each massive structure branded with the year in which it was constructed, you can feel the growth over the hundred plus years of the company. It was a beautiful day for a walk around the campus of the brewery.
After a full tour of the facility we ended up our tour in the Tasting Room. Each person on the tour was given a free complementary brew. Here we again tried the different and experimental flavors of the Shock Top. I had another Pretzel flavored brew and Liz tried the Apple Brew. All of which were great.
Overall this ended up being a great tour. It a must for all who travel through St. Louis. We are glad that we made the trip to the brewery. We love visiting different breweries from all over the world and we are glad that we were able to have this wonderful experience at the A-B Brewery. The staff and tour guides were great and gave us a great run down of all the different processes and history of such a wonderful iconic beverage.