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Marston's Brewery Tour

Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
Phone Number: 01283 507 391
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Owner description: Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery was founded by John...
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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Derby, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Visited here recently and really enjoyed the experience. Its about 7.50 each but you are given vouchers which you can use in the pub after the tour which entitles you to a pint of your favourite beer or soft drink. Des the tour guide was very informative and knew his stuff so really glad we went he will also tell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I visited this excellent brewery with a group of Society for Preservation of beer from the Wood members. Wood is used in series of casks used for the famous Burton Union system of fermentation. For us this was a particularly spectacular thing to see. The talks covered both the historical and the technical aspects of brewery and the brewing process,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Since Burton on Trent is the brewing capital of England this tour is a must see. As it happens we spent a very wet afternoon at Marstons and found the tour to be interesting and informative giving an insight into the local history and also a view of brewing past and present. The staff ( particularly Ruth ) very helpful... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Having spent many an evening enjoying Marston's we were curious to see just how it was made but this tour far exceeded our expectations... Our tour guide was able to explain the brewing process from grain to glass in layman's terms whilst we toured the historical brewery buildings, vintage equipment and the modern plant in action. Marston's are distinct in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is an insight into the brewing industry in Burton on Trent at an historic site. Nothing is rushed and questions are taken and answered without fuss. The physical tour of how pedigree is double dripped is also very enlightening. A real bonus is the tour of their bottling plant. There is no rush to leave; you can enjoy a... More 

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