Despite the fact that most of their products are swill, it is still nice to tour one of the oldest American breweries and walk among the history of such a landmark. Two free beers at the end of the tour definitely help to erase your memory of the heat and humidity you have just been exposed to in St. Louis.
Very cool and very impressive tour. Despite the general swill they produce, their factory in St. Louis was very reminiscent of a Charley and the Chocolate Factory experience. The tour is free and you get two free 12 oz. beers at the end (though me and my friend took 4). I tried the bare knuckle stout (see my rating), the shock top, the Tilt energy drink beer, and a bass. At the end of the tour when you get your free two, I was surprised to see Stella (not an impressive beer for me, just impressed to see non AB beer) and bass - I found out they carried these because they distribute them in the US, as Bass and Stella mutually distribute AB in Europe. The brewery is definitely worth a visit if in St. Louis. AB is definitely very good and efficient at what they do.
Visited in the year 2000. Wrote as comment that if Bud is the king of beers, they should come to belgium where they can find real beers. Apperently they did not reed my comment.
Rogueone (21) I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio | April 21, 2008
I was in awe of the largeness of the operations at A-B. Not a macro beer fan, but I can appreciate the process. First, make sure you are are appropriately dressed for the elements. You will be walking a lot. And climbing stairs, and riding trolleys, and escalators... I was amazed at the cleanliness of this brewery. I would have felt comfortable eating off of the floor. That being said, you do not get as much as an in-depth look at the process as other breweries. Sampling room is also spotless and you are allowed three samples. Are you afraid of horses? Maybe you should skip this one. ’Cause I am and I wish someone would have told me.
The tour is pretty nice and informative. I was suprised to see just how many brews Anheuser-Busch actually has its name on. Of course they aren’t very good brews, but there were still some I ddin’t realize were their’s. The facilities were very well kept and the tour guide was friendly. You get a few beers at the end of the tour also. If you’re in the area and have time this is something worth checking out, but not a must see.
hey, you know what you are gonna see when you get here. the place is spotless and the grounds are well kept. the people are friendly and everyone and everything is just nice. at the end you get a couple of free beers ( i got three). the tour is actually somewhat interesting and it really isn’t boring or too long. i like anheuser busch i just wish they had more selections.
So what if it’s a mass-produced beer factory? It’s an interesting tour of a cool building. Very informative and lively. The beer, however, is disappointing. At least at the Coors plant one can sample some different offerings on occasion.
I never added this place because it didn’t meet the website’s "Only serves craft beer" criteria, but yes it is a must visit for any beer lover (and Bud haters). I’ve gone about 6 times in STL. If nothing else, you can gain an appreciation for the ginormous operation of this type of brewery ... the lagering tanks are bigger than most micro’s produce in a year. Listen to the perfectly scripted and rehearsed tour repeated over and over by the attractive and bubbly post-teen guides as they with a straight face exalt the properties of rice in their beer. Sample some of the crappy adjunct-laden beers at the end of the hour-long indoctrination, and amaze yourself that they come out the same every single time, even in 5 billion gallon batches! And the horses and dalmations are cool.
Budweiser is not very good in my opinion, but the tour is interesting. The people there are very friendly also. It is free, so I can’t complain about the price. At the end of the tour you get two samples, one of which has to be Budweiser. The others you can have with your other beer are Michelob, Bud Light, and other A/B products. They also give you pretzels to eat. If only the beer was better, this would be a great tour.
If you are a beer geek or just some beer drinker you should like this place. It can appeal to just about anyone. From the wow this is how beer is made to wow this is how a super huge beer consumer makes an incredibly consistant product that never dissapoints its regular followers. Some history and arcitecture with some beer educating. Worth the trip if you are in the area. And, for what it is worth, they do give some samples at the end of the tour. Bring the family, they will enjoy themselves.
15 for rating becuase of what this place represents and just the magnitude of what they have accomplished.