The Fort Collins–based Anheuser-Busch InBev facility offers a glimpse as to how beer is produced on an industrial scale.
The roots of Anheuser-Busch date back to the mid-1800s when Adolphus Busch, the second-youngest of twenty-two children and a partner in a brewing supply business, married the daughter of German-born Eberhard Anheuser, owner of a St. Louis brewery. In 1876, the brewery created an American-style lager that would become the company’s flagship brand. The beer was given the German-sounding name “Budweiser” to appeal to German immigrants.
In 2008, Anheuser-Busch was acquired by the Belgian beer giant InBev in one of the largest-ever purchases of an American company by a foreign entity. The brewing conglomerate now goes by the name Anheuser-Busch InBev and produces dozens of well-known brands including Budweiser, Michelob, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Beck’s, Bass, and many others.
The company’s Fort Collins brewery was built in 1988. It’s the second-youngest and third-largest of the company’s twelve U.S. breweries. The brewery produces 10.5 million barrels annually. The packaging operation has the capacity to output 7.8 million cans, 5.1 million bottles, and 7,680 draught kegs every day!
Brands brewed at Ft. Collins: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, Budweiser Select, Bud Ice, Select 55, Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob ULTRA, AmberBock, Busch, Busch Light, Busch NA, Natural Light, Natural Ice, O’Doul’s, O’Doul’s Amber, Landshark, Shock Top, Shock Top Raspberry, Rolling Rock, Goose Island 312, Goose Island IPA and Goose Island Honkers Ale.
Opened in 1988, our Fort Collins Brewery brews 33 different beer brands. In 2018, it became the second brewery with the capacity to support our emergency drinking water program. The team periodically pauses brewing to produce and can emergency drinking water, enabling us to better support our neighbors in need from coast to coast.