Free Friday: Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

Are you a beer fan? A Budweiser fan and would like to know how your favorite beer is made? Anheuser-Busch, the company that produces Budweiser offers Brewery Tours at various locations for free. With free two glasses of beer at the end of the tour. How cool is this for beer fans!

Breweries with free tours are in St. Louis, Missouri; Fairfield, California; Ft. Collins, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; and Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

Today, I’m sharing photos of the free tour in Merrimack, NH.

   
                         

 

The complimentary tour shows visitors the Budweiser 7-Step Brewing Process – milling, mashing, straining, brew kettle, primary fermentation, beechwood lagering, and finishing.

  
But first, what is in a bottle of Bud?

 

Barley Malt
  
Hops
  

Rice
It was a surprise to learn there is rice in a bottle of Budweiser. Apparently, rice gives Budweiser it’s smooth drinkability.

On the tour, visitors get to see the huge kettles where hops are added and boiled.

Each kettle has a 620-barrel capacity.
 
Yeast is added in this part of the process for fermentation.

  
If I remember correctly, these are lager tanks.

 

These beechwood chips are placed in the lager tanks for natural carbonation.  
Visitors also get to see the packaging part of production.  

 

  
That was a bit exhausting, wasn’t it? Time for free beer! Don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker. Soft drinks are available, too. Yes, you get two glasses as well.

  
And since this is the Merrimack Brewery, visitors get to say “Hi!” to the Clydesdales. 

                
 

The Clydesdales’ home is the Merrimack site. 

So is there an Anheuser-Busch brewery at your  next destination?

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