Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Saint Louis
Anhueser-Busch Brewery. Truth be told, I always hated the smell of this place when I was a kid, but now it's tolerable. I dated a tour guide there for a while and kind of made myself put up with it. If you can deal with that the tour is really interesting, you get a glimpse of old German-style architecture and get to learn all about the brewing process and such. You get to see some of the Clydesdales, but look at my Off the Beaten Path tips for more clydesdale-spotting tips!
And, of course, you have to tour the Anheiser Busch Brewery, home of Busch beer.
It is a really neat tour. It's unbelievable how clean that place is. There are several building in the complex. One of them even houses the world famous Clydsdales, which they wash every day or so. The tour is free, too. At the end of the tour, you're taken to a tasting room where you're allowed to have a couple glasses of their different kinds of beer and eat pretzels. If you're not a beer drinker, that's ok, they also have soda. And, of course, there's a gift shop and 'museum' type room.
This picture is of the historic building in the brewery with the clock tower.
If you're around there at Christmas time you'll get the added treat of seeing all the buildings and trees lit up with millions of white lights.
Take a tour of the world famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Being a Milwaukeean and living in the home of competitor, Miller Brewing Co, I had to check this brewery out - the tour is great, but the hospitality room and the beer doesn't compare to Miller!
The tour highlights include the Budweiser Clydesdale stables and the beautiful brewhouse.
Budweiser/A-B Brewery Tour - Tour one of America's oldest continually operating breweries
TOURS ARE COMPLIMENTARY
DATES DAYS TOUR HOURS STORE HOURS
Sept-May Mon-Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am-4:00 pm 11:30 am-5:30 pm
June-Aug Mon-Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm 9:00 am-6:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am-5:00pm 11:30 am-6:30 pm
call for Holiday schedules.
4/21 Clydesdale Camera Day
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Survivor Promotion
the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales stable on the grounds of the AB brewerey and included in their tour
Built in 1885 by Adolphus Busch, it is now a National Historic Landmark. During the 19th century, it was common practice for businessmen to live on the grounds where they worked. The Busch family members were no exception. Their home, One Busch Place, was located near where some of our brewery buildings stand today. Since the family has always had a love for horses, this stable housed their private collection of horses and carriages. Adolphus Busch believed it was humane and economical to house his horses as comfortably as a human being.
While Clydesdales were among the horses used during the early days of the U.S. brewing industry to deliver beer to local taverns and hotels, the Dalmatian was trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon while the driver was making deliveries. A Dalmatian always rides with the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale team.
The tradition of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales began in 1933. When August Busch Jr. asked his father, August Sr., to step outside his office to see a new car, August Jr. surprised his father by presenting him with the first Clydesdale hitch. This gift celebrated the repeal of Prohibition. Since then, the Clydesdales have become the unmistakable symbol of our company, and they appear each year at hundreds of parades and festivals all over the United States.
While you take the tour, be sure to look for the little flourishes, the subtle references, the little things which reflect the history, culture, and image of Anheuser-Busch. Here are just a few...
You can take the official Budweiser tour. It doesn't take that long and they give your a rapid fire history of Bud with tours of the horses and vats. We didn't see the bottling.
The price is right for this tour-FREE. You start out in the lobby which also has a gift shop and a mini-museum. You see the clydedales, the brewery and then get to sample beer at the end of the tour.