hot spots: Anheuser-Busch in Saint Louis

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery recently hosted my husband & I for a beer tour date night.  The “King of Beers” just so happens to be brewed right here in the heart of the Midwest.  The #1 beer in America is a thriving hot spot for people from all over.  After our visit, we completely understand the draw.

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The Grand Tour

The classic facilities gives you a taste of the rich history of this brewery born before Prohibition.  Anheuser-Busch gives visitors the opportunity to check out the brewery for free, but the Beermaster Tour gets you the inside scoop on the brewing process along with freshly brewed samples.  From the fermenting tanks all the way to the finishing vats, you see what ingredients & conditions are required to make the perfect concoction.  Of course, the perks of this tour include some generous tastings: one at the beginning of the brewing process & another fresh from the finishing tanks.  (Well, really, you get a refill at the end, so that’s three samples with which to start.)

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Cool facts I learned on the tour include: the entire line of impressive beers crafted by Anheuser-Busch offer up quite a variety.  From the world-favorite Budlight & Budweiser to the flavorful Shock Top line to the crazy Clamato Chelada Picante concoction, it’s all created by this massive brewery.  Their new line of Ritas is already best-selling & growing rapid fast.  We also learned why the magnificent Clydesdales got red harnesses for their debut in China.  (You’ll just have to go on the tour to find out why for yourself.)

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The Cuisine

After the tour, Greg & I stopped at the on-site restaurant, the Biergarten.  We chose the thick & salty Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, which were delicious dipped in the beer-brewed honey mustard & cheddar cheese.  The charcuterie board offered tasty aged sausage & a variety of cheeses paired with nutmeg & cinnamon doused grapes that were absolutely heavenly.  We devoured a gourmet burger, smothered barbeque ribs & ate Parmesan fries to our heart’s content.

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The Swag

So, consider this: why pay for the Beermaster tour rather than opt for the free one?  THE SWAG.  You get your full $25 worth with all the goodies you’ll score while on the Beermaster tour.  Actually, the full value of all the items you get are worth way more than what you pay for your tour ticket.  You get a baseball cap with Anheuser-Busch’s famous eagle logo & a beer glass with etching in the bottom to better aerate your beer.  Plus, each sample included on the tour is pulled directly into this glass, meaning you get a full 3 beers.  Afterwards, you & your tour get VIP access to the Beermaster Suite, complete with a stocked mini-fridge full of various brews crafted by Anheuser-Busch (& there’s no limit on how much you can take!).  All in all, the Beermaster Tour is absolutely worth it.

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Anheuser-Busch can also be a family affair.  The kids will love spending time with the giant Clydesdales & enjoy playing at the foosball tables within the Tour Center.  Plus, you get a family photo op inside the stables & can purchase the photo at the end of the tour.  Try out this too cool brewery tour for yourself & tell me what you think!  Special thanks to Adriana & Anheuser-Busch for hosting us, & also to Justin, our awesome tour guide!

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This post was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC.  Opinions are my own.

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