Budweiser Tour St Louis And The Making Of An American Legend

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Budweiser Tour St Louis And The Making Of An American Legend

Budweiser Tour St Louis. The Budweiser logo on the largest and oldest Anheuser Busch brewery on 12th and Lynch Street.

Budweiser Tour St Louis. The Budweiser logo on the largest and oldest Anheuser Busch brewery on 12th and Lynch Street.

Budweiser Brewery Experience | Sharon Henry

The Budweiser tour St Louis has me so excited I can’t get Gretchen Wilson’s One Budwiser out of my head. Budweiser beer is an American legend up there with Elvis, the beer tour includes the Budweiser Clydesdales stables so it’s exciting stuff, plus we’re getting free Anheuser Busch beer!

The Budweiser brewery experience is free, its a great Budweiser advertising strategy. The Anheuser Busch brewery tour operates every day, to all ages, those 21+ qualify for free beer, otherwise soft drinks are available. Darrin, ever the sceptic, says “nothing’s for free there’s always a catch.”

Anheuser Busch Tour St Louis

Anheuser-Busch St Louis MO produces Boddingtons, Becks beer, Stella Artois, Bud Light, Michelob and Rolling Rock together with a long list of other beer brands. It’s fair to say they have quite a stake in the beer industry.

It’s the weekend and this Budweiser tour St Louis is 90 strong, including lots of families with young children. Our guides are Emily and Connor who run through the brewery’s Budweiser history, then usher us out to the famous Budweiser horses paddock.

Budweiser Tour. Nice wheels. A 1931 Hawkeye Stake Truck on display in the main entrance lobby was hard to resist.

Budweiser Tour. Nice wheels. A 1931 Hawkeye Stake Truck on display in the main entrance lobby was hard to resist.

 

We are handed 'Admit One' tickets immediately on arrival for the 11.20am tour. Looks like we might be <a href="http://whatthesaintsdidnext.com/2015/03/15/drinking-before-noon-in-south-africa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">drinking before noon</a> once again! Going on the Budweiser tour St Louis.

We are handed ‘Admit One’ tickets immediately on arrival for the 11.20am tour. Looks like we might be drinking before noon once again! Going on the Budweiser tour St Louis.

Boddington beer, Becks beer, Michelob, Bass, Goose Island, Johnny Appleseed, Hard Apple Cider, Landshark Lager and Shock Top are a few beer brands under the huge Anheuser Busch brewery umbrella.

Boddington beer, Becks beer, Michelob, Bass, Goose Island, Johnny Appleseed, Hard Apple Cider, Landshark Lager and Shock Top are a few beer brands under the huge Anheuser Busch brewery umbrella.

Budweiser Calories

The number of calories in beer: 145 calories in every 12-ounce bottle of Budweiser beer.  Each bottle contains 10.5 grams of carbohydrates, no fat and 1.4 grams of proteins. A 330ml Budweiser can has 132 calories.

Waiting on the Budweiser Brewery St Louis tour to start.

Waiting on the Budweiser Brewery St Louis tour to start.

Anheuser Busch Clydesdales – Meeting The Stars

The Budweiser Clydesdale commercials stars go about their business as we visit their immaculately kept paddock. The horses perform in parades and festivals across the country and only a select few join the hitch (group) that gets to pull a Budweiser wagon. The elite must have a dark coat, mane and tail, white stocking feet, be 6ft tall and weigh around 2,000lbs.  AB owns 170 Budweiser horses and have three travelling hitches, each consisting of 8 horses.

The feature of many a Budweiser ad; Anheuser Busch owns 170 Clydesdale horses and have three travelling hitches, each consisting of 8 horses. Each horse gets a custom-made collar.

The feature of many a Budweiser ad; Anheuser Busch owns 170 Clydesdale horses and have three travelling hitches, each consisting of 8 horses. Each horse gets a custom-made collar.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are a breed of draught horses originating from the farms of Clydesdale, Scotland and named after that region. They feature in many a Budweiser horse commercial.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are a breed of draught horses originating from the farms of Clydesdale, Scotland and named after that region. They feature in many a Budweiser horse commercial.

Budweiser wagons inside the stables. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Budweiser wagon inside the stables. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses live in very smart stables on the Budweiser factory St Louis premises.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses live in very smart stables on the Budweiser factory St Louis premises.

A Lifetime’s Beer Supply On The Budweiser Factory Tour

Next, we all squeeze into the beer brewing area, the Beech Wood Aging Cellar that holds massive tanks of beer.  The room temperature is a brisk 10C. The smell of yeast is ripe. Each tank holds the equivalent of 200,000 six-packs. Emily jokes, “To conquer one of these tanks in your lifetime you’ll need to drink one beer every hour of the day, so a 24-pack a day…for 137 years!” Imagine the beer belly.

Inside each tank is a foot of beech wood chips. The chips allow the yeast to stay in constant contact with the beer during the fermentation process that naturally carbonates the beer.

The wood chips inside the tanks are sourced from farms in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. They are dried and cured for three months before being chipped. The chips are then coated so they don't infuse flavours into the beer.

The wood chips inside the tanks are sourced from farms in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. They are dried and cured for three months before being chipped. The chips are then coated so they don’t infuse flavours into the beer.

Budweiser Ingredients Includes Rice

Emily tells us this is an expensive process but Anheuser Busch believes, “the result in quality is unmatched.”

Next comes the part we’ve all been waiting for; beer tasting. For once it’s great to be over 21! We’re handed a wooden token each to redeem at the bar later. On entering the Brew House we’re offered generous free beer samples of Budweiser and Bud Light at the door. I choose the Budweiser. Everyone crowds in, sipping their samples slowly, possibly conscious of appearing greedy.

AB Brewery tour St Louis. Tokens to be redeemed at the bar.

AB Brewery tour St Louis. Tokens to be redeemed at the bar.

AB Tours St Louis. The seven-step process of making the beer is explained as we all sip our samples (and wonder whether it would be rude to ask for another!)

AB Tours St Louis. The seven-step process of making the beer is explained as we all sip our samples (and wonder whether it would be rude to ask for another!)

Budweiser or Bud Light? Choice of taster samples to enjoy while the brewing process is being explained. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Budweiser or Bud Light? Choice of taster samples to enjoy while the brewing process is being explained. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Secret Beer Brewing Recipe Held At St Louis

Connor then runs through the seven-step process of what makes the beer we’re drinking so special. The Budweiser ingredients are wheat, yeast, water, hops and rice. The latter is what sets Budweiser beer apart from other beer brands. Using rice actually goes against German beer making regulations. Anheuser Busch includes rice to get a crisp, fresh taste.

Did you know hops are flowers? I didn’t. They grow on vines, some grow over a foot at night. Hops add spice to beer. Anheuser Busch are the only brewery that grow their own hops vines.

Yeast makes up 60% of the beer’s flavour and ‘fun’ fact; the same yeast strain that Busch picked out back in 1876 is still used today. It is kept under lock and key on the St Louis facility. Only five people have access to it. Once a week it is harvested and shipped out to the other 11 breweries across the country in armoured trucks and cars.

Brewing of Budweiser beer an American legend. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Brewing of Budweiser beer an American legend. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

The Anheuser Busch brewery in St Louis opened in 1852. It has since been designated a National Historic Landmark District which includes three buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. The Brew House with its attractive clock tower was constructed later, between 1891 and 1892. Adolphus Busch’s vision was to “make this the finest brew house in the world.”

The Anheuser Busch brewery in St Louis opened in 1852. It has since been designated a National Historic Landmark District which includes three buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. The Brew House with its attractive clock tower was constructed later, between 1891 and 1892. Adolphus Busch’s vision was to “make this the finest brew house in the world.”

Mashing For A Natural Light Beer

We are then whisked up in elevators inside the factory to the Mashing Section. The temperature is noticeably warmer. It looks elaborate with the pipes, cylinders and ornate iron railings.

Mashing is the process of cooking the grain with warm water turning the starch into sugar. This is the step where you get the difference between Budweiser and Bud Light. The longer it’s kept in the mashing tanks the more starch gets burnt off resulting in a lighter bodied beer.

We then come to the end of our tour. I’m disappointed we didn’t see any bottling, labelling or packaging but guess that’s available as the paid option of the tour.

The very ornate Mashing section of the brewery. Where all the Budweiser ingredients come together.

The very ornate Mashing section of the brewery. Where all the Budweiser ingredients come together.

The Mashing section of the brewery. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Inside the Mashing section of the brewery. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

Free Beer On The Budweiser Tour St Louis

But wait…we now get to go to the bar for our FREE 12oz draught beer. There are about 12 brands and types of beer on tap to choose from. I dilly-dally between the lime and the apple flavours, and opt for the Honeycrisp Apple Wheat. It’s sweet, tastes like cider but stronger and not as gassy. Darrin’s driving so has to settle for a soft drink. It’s just after noon and I feel slightly guilty drinking so early. But hey – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

This Bud's for you! Enjoying my end of tour reward at Anheuser-Busch, a Honeycrisp Apple Wheat draught beer. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

This Bud’s for you! Enjoying my end of tour reward at Anheuser-Busch, a Honeycrisp Apple Wheat draught beer. The Budweiser Brewery tour St Louis.

 

Excellent Budweiser Advertising Campaign

These kinds of perks are not just for the public, employees 6 months+ on the payroll get a case of beer twice a month. How cool is that? That’s quite unique, where employers encourage workers to drink – in their own time of course.

This Budweiser company has stood the test of time (over 150 years), Anheuser-Busch are obviously astute marketing strategists. They’ve been offering free tours since 1904. This is where Darrin’s “nothing is free” philosophy comes in.

Is This A Very Clever Marketing Idea?

The ‘free’ tours and Budweiser beer samples helps win fans, promotes brand awareness and achieves that priceless ‘word of mouth’ advertising. Our 90 strong group included potential future beer drinkers being exposed at a young age to the brand.

Wait a minute, could it be that nothing’s for free? Have I just been wooed by clever marketing? Oh well, I don’t mind, this really was fun.

Well done Anheuser Busch, this Bud’s for you!  The Budweiser tour is a winner.

Beer brands list of some of the tantalising choices at the bar after the tour.

Beer brands list of some of the tantalising choices at the bar after the tour.

Anheuser And Busch Making Budweiser History

In case you’re interested, here’s the story about Eberhard Anheuser and Aldophus Busch. Anheuser left Germany in 1843 and settled in St Louis. Being the entrepreneurial type he bought into the brewing business in 1852 despite lacking experience. Busch, another German immigrant, had a partnership in a brewery supply company, he later married Anheuser’s daughter and started working for his Beer brands list of some of the tantalising choices at the bar after the tour. father in law.

In 1876 Busch with his friend Carl Conrad created Budweiser, an ‘American-style’ lager beer that appealed to palates across the country. It became the company’s flagship brand.

The St. Louis branch is the largest and oldest Anheuser-Busch brewery site was chosen because of its access to the Mississippi River and the large number of German immigrants in the 1800’s.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are a breed of draught horses originating from the farms of Clydesdale in Scotland and named after that region.  Each Budweiser horse gets a custom-made collar.  You can learn more about the famous Clydesdales here.

Passing a Budweiser delivery lorry a few days after our visit to the brewery. Couldn't not take a picture!

Passing a Budweiser delivery lorry a few days after our visit to the brewery. Couldn’t not take a picture!

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