Friday, September 12, 2014

Learning About Beer at Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

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I must start off by saying I don't like beer. It's a mighty rare occasion that I'll drink it. I'm more of a Jagermeister gal. Over Labor Day weekend a couple of friends joined me and my husband for an Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour in St. Louis, Missouri. Although I still prefer to stick to my Jager, the tour was entertaining and educational.

Our group arrived on scene around noon. There were several people there that day, so we had a two hour wait before going on the actual tour. The basic tour itself is free but there's plenty other stuff there to entice your money to exit the wallet.

There were several displays for tourists to view various beers, information about Anheuser-Busch, history of alcohol, and details on the infamous Clydesdale Horses. I had no idea that Anheuser-Busch was much more than Bud Light and Budweiser. They are owners of a lotta alcohol!

I suppose Budweister was celebrating its 250th birthday. Hence the birthday cake prop!

The Biergarten was a popular place for people to wait. There was a menu of beers for order. There were no menus for food. Just one option, and it was an all-you-can eat buffet for $10. A lot of the buffet was something you'd expect as bar food - mozzarella sticks, ravioli, mini burgers, etc.

When our tour started, the first place we stopped was to see the Clydesdale Horses. They're even more amazing in person! And very well taken care of. The stables were cleaner than my house and the horses are washed down more than once a day.

During one viewing of the horses being washed down, the whole crowd darn near died in a fit of giggles. You know the saying "hung like a horse"? Yep, it's true! And their dingers are also very thoroughly washed. Just sayin'.

The rest of the tour was spent going throughout the plant and learning how beer is made. Although it's an actual working factory, you do not get to witness employees doing their thing. That would've been kinda nice to see.

There are two times during the tour that adults of drinking age are given free drink. Eight ounce glasses of Bud or Bud Light are offered in the middle and even bigger glasses are offered at the end. My husband drank mine.

Just like a theme park, obligatory tourist photos were taken of your group with the option to purchase them after the tour. We did.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours are family-friendly and even children can attend. I'm not so sure they'd care to learn about the beer-making process but the horses might excite them. If you choose to go on a tour, prepare to have about a two hour wait. If you're ever in St. Louis, I recommend taking a tour.

Do you like beer? Have you ever been to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour?


Masshole Mommy said...

How cool is that? We have Sam Adams up here (and a ton of smaller breweries), but I Have never been on a tour before.

Unknown said...

So you went to an all you can drink bar for beer for $10? Sign me up! lol

Yona Williams said...

Ahhhh - that looked like a lot of fun to do...I wanna go tour it. My sweetie and I would have a ball!

Unknown said...

250 years!!! wow - that's a lot of beer made.
I helped drink some! har har
I've been on some winery tours, but never a brewery: that would be very cool.
love the horses tho. they are so awesome.

Theresa Mahoney said...

This is a tour my hubby would love to go on! If we ever get to St. Louis, I'm sure we'll stop in!

Seth said...

Love brewery tours. It's cool to see how the beers you love are made, and even better that you can sample them and drink fresh beer.