The one thing I didn’t expect on walking into the Budweiser brewhouse in St. Louis was for my dropping jaw to crash into the opulently mosaicked tile floor while I was looking up at chandeliers and Victorian architecture. It is the most beautiful brewery you’ve never seen.
In many ways, this is a museum. Or it’s the ornate front door and priceless treasure of a colossal gray machine. Most readers will scorn or just not read this entry. They’ll automatically overlook it as being the “other” dark side of light beer that they’ve moved on from, that they dislike and don’t even consider. But they should consider it because it’s important, both right now and in the past.
Visit The Budweiser Brewery In St. Louis For The Most Beautiful Brewery You’ve Never Seen Photo Gallery
The story of Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch is one of my favorites in the history of beer. I wrote 3,000 words about it for my my blog, The Best Beer in the World, and I could’ve written 30,000 more. The short version is that, in 1876, the Anheuser-Busch brewery wanted a new beer to add to their already broad range of Central European-style lagers. They wanted something lighter and more refreshing than their amber-ish lagers and were vaguely inspired by the beers of what’s now the Czech Republic. They couldn’t exactly replicate that beer using their own ingredients—primarily for the higher proteins in the six-row malts—so they added rice to give it a lighter color and drier body. It was a new kind of beer for Americans, a new kind of American Lager, special for its use of American malts, rice, and European noble hops, and it suited a new taste for lighter beers served in glasses.
Of greater historical importance than the world-dominating brew that we know Budweiser went on to become, the Anheuser-Busch brewery was pioneering and at the forefront of American brewing at the end of the 19th century. They were among the first to bottle their beers on a large scale, the first to set up distribution networks outside their city, including building train lines to transport it and dotting those lines with ice houses to keep the beer cold before refrigerated trucks, and they were the first to use the new process of pasteurization to stabilize their beers. Altogether this eventually—20 years after its first release—made Budweiser America’s first national beer brand.
If you’re in St. Louis—and you should go, as it’s a good beer city —then visit the brewery and my blog a tour. You’ll see the famous
Clydesdales stables, the enormous conditioning’ tanks, the brewery buildings from the late 1800s, and the remarkable brewhouse. Most remarkable, or perhaps sad, is that the brewers don’t get to work in this space; they brew from an office in front of computer screens because that’s how big beer is brewed nowadays. But within that huge brewing behemoth there’s this beautiful brewhouse that brews millions of bottles of Budweiser every day.
WHAT: Budweiser Brewery Tours
HOW: Tours run daily throughout most of the day, although opening times differ slightly in June and August, so check out the website first (www. budweisertours. com).
WHERE: 12th and Lynch Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63118, USA
Forget your preconceptions of Budweiser and take the brewery tour—you’ll see this titan of the beer world in a new light.
Maybe You Like Them Too
- Visit To Cloudwater Brewery And Taste The Latest And Greatest Double Ipas
- Marston’s Burton Union System And The “Cathedral Of Brewing”
- Visit Burton-Upon-Trent And Drink Draught Bass In The Coopers Tavern
- Visit To Cigar City Brewing And Attend Hunahpu’s Day
- Jester King—The Ultimate Farmhouse Brewers A Genuine Approach To Seasonal Brewing