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From journal Two friends, Four Days and a Lifetime of Memories
by Coach Dad
September 19, 2003
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is housed in a series of buildings, built on a hill near downtown St. Louis. The Tour Center is located at the top of the hill. The Tour Center is not only the beginning of your brewery tour, but it is filled with items documenting Anheuser-Busch’s nearly 140-year-old history. You will see videos and display timelines containing original promotional lithographs, signs, advertisements, bottles, cans and a variety of other artifacts, some dating back to the 1860's. I am a huge NASCAR fan, so I really enjoyed the display showing items from Budweiser racing.
The first stop on the tour is the Clydesdale Stables. We are horse lovers, especially my kids. They have 4 horses that they ride daily, so seeing the Clydesdales was a treat. The Clydesdales are magnificent. Inside the stable is where the beautiful wagons, that are pulled by the Clydesdales, are housed. We were also treated to a couple of Dalmatians playing and jumping in the hay. The Clydesdales, their tack, and wagons are very beautiful. But remember, you are in a stable. There is a definite odor.
You next visit the Brew House, with its breathtaking clock tower. Built in 1891, the Brew House is the second national historic landmark you will see on the tour. When you first enter the courtyard, you are shown a short video documenting the history of Anheuser-Busch. Once the video is complete, you move into the Brew House and see where and how the beer is made. The first thing to hit you is the heat. It is about 90 degrees inside the Brew House. There are rows of stainless steel mash tanks, where the water and grains are mixed to begin the brewing process. The mash is then strained and the hops are added before fermentation.
At the next stop, you learn about the Beechwood Aging Process. This takes place in the Lager Cellar. A layer of Beechwood chips is spread on the bottom of the lager tanks. The beer is then aged about 3 weeks. This is process gives their beer its natural clarity and smooth taste.
At the bottom of the hill is the Bevo Packaging Plant. It was built in 1917 and is the single largest bottling plant in the world. You are not allowed to take pictures or video when you are inside the bottling plant.
You then jump onto a shuttle and head back up the hill to the Hospitality Room. You are invited to sample a couple of their beers. Of course, this is my favorite part of the tour. They also have a huge gift shop and the prices are not that bad.
A trip to Anheuser-Busch is highly recommended.
From journal "BUDWEISER": The King Of Beer
September 7, 2003
The first stop on the tour is the Clydesdale Stables. We are horse lovers, especially my kids. They have 4 horses that they ride daily, so seeing the clydesdales was a treat. The clydesdales are magnificent. Inside the stable is where the beautiful wagons, that are pulled by the clydesdales, are housed. We were also treated to a couple of dalmatians playing and jumping in the hay. The clydesdales, their tack, and wagons are very beautiful. But remember, you are in a stable. There is a definite odor.
You next visit the Brew House, with it‘s breathtaking clock tower. Built in 1891, the Brew House is the second national historic landmark you will see on the tour. When you first enter the courtyard, you are shown a short video documenting the history of Anheuser-Busch. Once the video is complete, you move into the Brew House and see where and how the beer is made. The first thing to hit you is the heat. It is about 90 degrees inside the Brew House. There are rows of stainless steel mash tanks, where the water and grains are mixed to begin the brewing process. The mash is then strained and the hops are added before fermentation.
A trip to Anheuser-Busch is highly recommended.
From journal Family Weekend In St. Louis
by Coach Bear
July 9, 2002
Our first stop along the tour was to the stables for the Clydesdale horses. We saw the trucks which transport the horses, the traditional harnesses, an old-fashioned beer delivery wagon, and (of course) the World-famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, themselves. We spent about 10 minutes listening to the history of the horses and getting close to see them. Then, we were off to the famous Aging House.
Anheuser-Busch is the only major beer manufacturer that still uses the beechwood aging process. We were shown the containers which are used for this process. Each of the four containers that we were shown held 210,000 six-packs of beer, and there were four more sets of four of these containers in the building. That was only the aging tanks. We found out that the St. Louis brewery puts out more beer each day than all other beer companies in the world, combined.
One of the historical landmarks on the poperty is the Malt House. It is over 100 years old (as are many of the buildings on the property). We were shown how the grains and hops are added to make the wort, which is used in the brewing process. This is the famous building with the "A" and Eagle and the Clock on the tower that many see in the commercials. We spent another 10 or so minutes in this building. Then, on to the packaging plant.
During prohibition, alcoholic beverages were not allowed to be made or sold. The busch plant made baker's yeast and a non-alcoholic drink called "Bevo". The packaging plant was the famous Bevo building from this time, with carved granite figures of the Bevo character on the four corners of the outside building and beautiful mossaics on the inside. We were shown three of the 16 botling and packaging lines that run 24 hours per day.
Finally, after about 40 - 45 minutes of a downhill walk, my wife and I joined the other 40 or 50 people in our group on a three minute ride to the hospitality room. There, we were treated to samples of the different variety of beers made by Anheuser-Busch (and pretzels). We finished the tour back in the souvenir shop. It seemed as though everyone passing through the place had to have one or more mementos of there journey, so the shop was crowded and busy.
All joking aside, this tour is one of the finest available anywhere. The history of the company and the area, the famous landmarks and historical buildings, and the samples of the product all make for a wonderful experience. This is a must for all ages.
From journal A Return Home to St. Louis
August 9, 2003
From journal "The Gateway to the West; St. Louis, MO"
August 20, 2003
From journal The Free St. Louis
March 17, 2003
You walk in and there's all sorts of displays. Get your ticket from the front desk and then wait around until your tour starts.
When you begin, the first thing you see is the Clydesdales . . . they're so cute! They have one outside and others in a stable. If Scott and Luke are there they are quite camera-friendly and you can get some great shots . . . the other horses don't give you such a nice view . . . unless you desire to see a horse's rear!
Next you move on to the TOP SECRET part where you aren't allowed to take pictures put you do get to see huge containers of ice-cold beer . . . I think the guide said 500,000 6-packs' worth of the stuff was in there--everyone started drooling!
You see several short movies, all the ingredients that beer is made from, and also learn about what Anheiser had to do to stay afloat during Prohibition.
It's maybe a 45-minute downhill walk afterwards to see the production room where you board a trolley to the ever-popular "hospitality room," which has soda to the right and beer to the left. They do ID, but those of you over 21 can sample any two products you'd like. They give you a nice sized portion too--bigger than the soda cups that's for sure! They also have free postcards and pretzels.
After the tour, be sure to stop in the gift shop because they have great things--only the clothing is really overpriced.
Dad will definatly LOVE this tour, and the kids will like the horsies!
From journal Spontaneous St. Louis
January 4, 2001
From journal Best of St. Louis Blues Music