I have been on a Budweiser tour at the Fort Collins Budweiser facility before. This tour was more fun. The tour is nice because you get to see the historic buildings on the Budweiser property. At the end of the tour you get a few free samples. I was hoping to get a chance to try some lesser available AB beers, but the choices were pretty limited.
Went on the Beermaster Tour May 18th. Tickets cost $25 a person but well worth it for the intimate tour (6 people), samples, a hat and a glass. Tour was aided by headphones to hear the tour-guide, very necessary with loud LARGE equipment. Got to check out many areas the regular tour never sees. Also got to sample Bud Light right out of the finishing tank, it actually had taste and was good! 2 hours well spent finishing with many samples and a certificate. If youíre in the area I say do this despite the companyís (mainly) lackluster products and over-marketing. You wonít be disappointed.
Went on the Beermaster tour. You have to call ahead and reserve a spot because they only take 10 people on each tour. Itís 25 dollars but I think it is well worth it. The tour takes about 2 hours and they take you everywhere, right out onto the bottling line all the behind the scenes stuff. You get to taste Budweiser as it is being made and you get to pour yourself a pint right out of the finishing tanks with you very own commemorative glass they give you. Really a neat experience. You also get a hat and "honorary beermaster" certificate. At the end they take you back to your private suite with a fridge stocked with just about every single product they make and you can drink as much as you want for about an hour or so. Awesome experience.
Went on the tour for the first time in a long time. Pretty bare bones. They take you to the brew house, canning and bottling rooms and of course to see the clydesdales. No real discussion about the brewing process itís more like hereís where we make it. Hereís where we store it and then package it. Of course it is free and you do get 2 pints at the end of the tour so it can still be worth an hour. I used to live in Soulard about 2 blocks away from the campus and I really miss living in this historic neighborhood.
The cost of admission is free, so what a deal. Good tour, just tons of mass produced same-same beer rolling off the lines. Great place to see where it all started, and where all the íriceí beer comes from.
The A-B tour is a must for anyone visiting (or living) in STL. The grounds and facilities are amazing, and pristinely kept up. Tasting at the end is great, since the whole thing is free. Selection is hit or miss - obviously A-B beers, but the quality varies. Most recently it was very poor - mostly just your basics of Bud, Bud Light, Bud Select and the spin offs of those (Lime, etc). The only halfway decent was Stella. I have been there many times before, though, where the selection was much better.
The Anheuser-Busch Campus is amazing and is a must see for anyone passing through St. Louis. The tour is one of the best that I have been on. The guides are very knowledgeable and provide an educational experience. The tasting at the end is a great closure to the tour.
Iíve probably done this tour at least two dozen times. Itís essential for those visiting St. Louis and it takes a little under an hour. A few of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, so the grounds do have a special feel to them. A slight knock to the ambience because it has gotten increasingly corporate and touristy over the years (and, I know, itís always been a far cry from small breweries). The tasting room obviously has primarily A-B products, but a few others they distribute in North America (occasionally Stella, Beckís, and others will appear). You can also get drafts of things before they come out en masse; I was among the first to try Bare Knuckle Stout and Shock Top on tours in recent years. The smell of the brewery wafts all the way across South City on clear, warm nights and thatís a good thing. The buildings, the story, the clydesdales, and the pageantry are unique, even if most of the beer isnít. This place is important to St. Louis and I hope InBev doesnít strip away even more of what makes it special.