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“Victorian brewing still practiced - great fun” 5 of 5 stars
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Marston's Brewery Tour
Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
01283 507 391
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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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“Victorian brewing still practiced - great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Open brewing will disappear someday. See it before it is gone. The tour was well done by someone who grew up around the brewery and is a third generation at the firm. This is a much more personal experience than the massive breweries. Everything is on a human scale. The tasting afterwards was great fun and we got to meet several of the staff coming in with colleagues or other guests.

Visited October 2012
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“Borracho Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Warm welcome from Meryl, our knowledgeable, friendly guide who took us through every part of the brewing and bottling process and gave us a wonderful insight into the history of the brewery. The actual brewers took time to talk to us and we were able to access all the interesting parts and take photos.
relaxed tasting session afterwards in the brewery bar and freebies to take home. If you're into British beer, this is definitely one to put on the list. And the price is a bargain.
Way better than the tour we had at Fullers in London.

Visited November 2012
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“one for the boys, well ok girls to?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

A chance to see and experience how the worlds greatest ale is produced. Sample Pedigree at its best.
Go with a group of freinds and enjoy it, a good prelude to a stag night. the guides are very good and know all the answers so ask away.

Visited October 2012
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“Best Brewery Tour in Beertown...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

After the disappointment of the soulless National Brewery Centre it was a treat to find a lively and friendly tour close by at Marstons. There were proper brewing things happening right in front of us, and a helpful guide who was keen to ensure that we appreciated and enjoyed it all, at whatever pace suited us.
It didn't hurt that the tour concluded in an atmospheric "pub" with generous free samples of the various brews to try, and reasonably priced bottles to take away for later. The only slight disappointment was that more than usual of the equipment was idle (between batches, being washed etc.) but that's the luck of the draw!

Visited September 2012
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“Now I know how great tasting beer is made.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

20, September 2012.
Arrived at Marston's brewery at 14:00 for a tour. Was met in the visitor centre with a warm welcome from Meryl... She gave us a brief description of what lay ahead then off we went! A visit to all parts of the brewery with a full detailed description of the brewing process from grain to glass, very educational.
After the tour we had a taste of a few different beers, one of which the wife has fell in love with! We also had a good long chat,, also bought some glasses, beer, polo shirt etc from the visitor centre shop!
We had a great afternoon! Anyone interested in beer and the brewing of, should pay a visit! We did and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Andy & Mandy Stuart.

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