Went on the Beermaster tour. You have to call ahead and reserve a spot because they only take 10 people on each tour. It’s 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.
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.
The tour is free and there is a lot to learn about beer and A-B history here. The trip to see the Clydesdales and their stable (they live better than I do) is really cool. Pictures are permitted most places. Two full pints are proved free at the end. I tried Bud Select and Bare Knuckle. The gift shop has a ton of stuff and it is pretty low-priced. I bought some nice glassware for $3 each. I would come back here anytime even if I have moved onto better beer. You still have to give these guys credit for the consumer base they have established. Now that they are owed by INBEV I would recommend a trip here before something changes and a piece of post-prohibition history is lost.
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.
Not a craft beer destination, but a destination rich in history that you’ll inevitably find a new beer or two to tick. The tour is cool, and you get a free beer at the end. Atmosphere is awesome (huge and open), and service was good. We didn’t eat, but they have food. I laughed at the idea of going here initially, but I’m glad we did.
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 you’re in the area I say do this despite the company’s (mainly) lackluster products and over-marketing. You won’t be disappointed.
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.
I’ve probably done this tour at least two dozen times. It’s 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, it’s 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, Beck’s, 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 that’s a good thing. The buildings, the story, the clydesdales, and the pageantry are unique, even if most of the beer isn’t. This place is important to St. Louis and I hope InBev doesn’t strip away even more of what makes it special.
This is the disneyland of big beer, set up for a beautiful tour of the great brick buildings and old school brewhouse. The bar area is pretty spacious and inviting, with lots of seating in a bierhall atmosphere. Honestly, was way cooler than I was expecting, and they even have some one off beers from their research pilot brewery. Most tours give you a free beer at the end, and beyond that they're pretty cheap.