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Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
Phone Number: 01283 507 391
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Description: Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery...
Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery was founded by John Marston at Horninglow in Burton-on-Trent, where Marston's™ soon developed a reputation for producing beers of the highest quality and taste.Rival brewers from London including Manns, Crossman and Paulin, who had the Albion Brewery built in 1874, relocated to Burton to take advantage of the very individual nature of the water.Towards the end of the century, when scientists started to claim that they could recreate Burton water artificially, the London brewers decided that transport costs could be now be saved, and returned to the capital.When Mann, Crossman & Paulin left town in 1897, they left behind arguably the best brewery in town. Following the merger with the Thompson's Brewery in 1897 Marston's moved into the Albion Brewery on Shobnall Road a year later. The Albion has been described as a 'cathedral of brewing'. A prime spot in the best brewing town in the world.The Albion Brewery was 'constructed according to the most approved model of modern times'. Pleasantly situated in rural surroundings, the brewery included a big cooperage, ale stores, stables, wells, its own railways sidings, and cottages to house selected employees. Marston's™ passion for cricket and dedication to its people is evident right from the beginning of its move to the Albion Brewery, as The Burton Mail of March 11th 1899 notes, 'the directors have given the cricketers a well laid out and well appointed field in which to carry the colours of the firm to victory'.The Albion Brewery was compact, efficient, and pleasing on the eye. Barnard visited in 1888, rating it as the ninth largest in the country by output. He described how all the large mains and pipes were laid along walls or under vessels, so as not to obstruct the light or 'mar the elegance of the building'. He commented on the purity of the water, and of the beer.
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A great way to see a working brewery. You go into the factory itself and see real ale being brewed. You also get to see the comparison between the new and the old as many of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A great way to see a working brewery. You go into the factory itself and see real ale being brewed. You also get to see the comparison between the new and the old as many of the old machines are still available for inspection. This isn't a sanitised, hands off tour, you get to see everything actually working. Our guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A real educated insight into the brewing history of Marston's. Our guide had the most extensive knowledge and answered all questions asked. Loved the samples at the end of our tour. Will definitely return. Best tour ever. Not to be missed!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

When I came I decided to join a tour group the tour guide was very knowledgeable and there lots to luck at the shop also excellent I got 4 bottles of ales ive not had before

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Having lived in Burton for 2.5years we have been meaning to do the tour of the brewery for a while. We went at 11am on a Monday for the guided tour around the museum before ending up in the bar to sample the ales. Our tour guide Olly was very knowledgable and with only 3 of us on the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My husband and I came here for the tour for his birthday. Meryl and Alice were very knowledgeable and genuinely cared about what the company did. Took just over an hour, as there was just the 2 of us on the tour but it was great. Learnt a lot and we enjoyed the samples at the end. Would recommend to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Brewery tour was a good length, comprised a number of rooms. Information was accurate and guides were entertaining. Would recommend to fans of brewery tours, 7.50 for entry including three halves was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Sue and Meryl gave our tour and we found it very interesting. The tour lasted about 90 minutes and all the questions we asked were answered. We finished off at the shop, with 3 halfs of beer to try each. Excellent value and I would recommend it if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Excellent tour showing a good mix of the old and new brewery and how the operation is run. To cumulate a chance to try the various brews being made. Worth an hour and a half of anyone's time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

It is getting on for 50years since my last visit then as a drivers mate, letting the young kid do the work whilst the driver went for his beer. This is an excellent tour, Meryl is really knowledgeable. Lots of history both old and fairly recent, great to see that the Burton union system is still being used. Great visitor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I visited with three colleagues and we were all very impressed with the detail Meryl our tour guide gave about all the brewing process stages. A real must of a tour for anyone with an interest in Beer, how it's made and our industrial heritage.

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Address: Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
Phone Number: 01283 507 391
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