Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis

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Address

1200 Lynch St, St. Louis,
Missouri 63118

Phone

(314) 577-2626

First Visited

August 9, 2013

The St. Louis brewery (founded 1852), is located next to the Anheuser-Busch World Headquarters. It also houses the Budweiser Clydesdale paddock and stable, lager cellar, Brew House, Lyon’s Schoolhouse, and Bevo packaging plant, where a sense of history and the smell of hops surround you.

The Budweiser Clydesdales tradition began in 1933 when August A. Busch Jr. presented his father with the first team of Clydesdales to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. Today the gentle giants make more than 500 appearances annually with their bright red beer wagon. The company only keeps a rotation of its famous Budweiser Clydesdales at its headquarters; some of the herd is kept at the company farm in St. Louis County. Known as Grant’s Farm (having been owned by former President Ulysses S. Grant at one time), this complex is home to a menagerie of animals such as elephants, tortoises, and a variety of exotic hooved mammals. Since 2008, approximately half of the Budweiser Clydesdales are kept at the Warm Springs Ranch near Booneville, Missouri.

The beer is actually made in the historic six-story Brew House. Built in 1891, the Brew House is known for its clock tower, ornate wrought-iron railings, and hop vine chandeliers from the 1904 World’s Fair. The Lyon School House, built in 1868, is the oldest structure in the Anheuser-Busch complex. It served as the company’s headquarters from 1907 until 1981.

Also located here is the beechwood aging and fermentation cellars and Bevo Packaging Plant. Anheuser-Busch is the only major brewer that still uses the famous beechwood aging process to age and naturally carbonate its beers. In the lager cellar, stainless-steel lager tanks are lined with a layer of beechwood chips, providing additional surface area to attract and retain yeast. Beechwood aging is part of the secondary fermentation. Each of the lager tanks holds enough beer to fill approximately 200,000 six-packs. The Bevo Packaging Plant was constructed in 1917 and stands eight stories tall and houses 27 acres of floor space and over 25 miles of conveyor belts. This is where you can see fast-paced action as bottles and cans are filled. Whimsical fox sculptures are perched on each corner of the building, all munching on chicken legs and holding a mug of Bevo, a non alcoholic cereal-based beverage that Anheuser-Busch produced during the Prohibition era.

The brewery was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1966, recognizing the company’s importance in the history of beer brewing and distribution in the United States. The landmarked area includes 189 structures spread over 142 acres (57 ha), including many red brick Romanesque ones “with square crenelated towers and elaborate details.” The Brew House, built in 1891-1892, is particularly notable for its “multi-storied hop chandeliers, intricate iron-work, and utilization of natural light”.

Opened in the 1850s, St. Louis is our flagship brewery, the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch and the Home of Budweiser. The brewery is remarkable for its beautiful interior and has been offering tours to the public since the 1890s. It is our hub for innovation brewing over 30 of our brands, like beloved favorites Budweiser and Michelob ULTRA. Having called St. Louis home for more than 160 years, we continue to support the community and help drive the local economy forward.

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