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Marston's Brewery Tour

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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About Marston's Brewery Tour
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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Joanne wrote a review Jan 2020
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There was a group of 6 of us who went on the tour around Marstons Brewery last night with the guide, Graham. He has 38 years experience under his belt and shared those experiences with us. He made our tour very enjoyable and informative, he took his time to take us around and explained the brewing process in detail. I had read that the tour was good, but we did not expect the experience that we received, it was such a great and fun evening! I recommend this tour for those thinking of doing it, even if you are not a massive beer drinker. The process of brewing is fascinating. Thank you Graham and thank you Marstons!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Sean M wrote a review Dec 2019
Chorley, United Kingdom47 contributions14 helpful votes
My wife booked this as a wedding anniversary gift and although she isn't a massive beer drinker we both had a fantastic time! I cannot remember the ladies name who took us on the tour however she was absolutely lovely, and felt you could tell she loved her job and was certainly passionate about beer and the local area! We had traveled a fair distance to get here and as we were running behind I had to call to tell them we would be a little late and they said they would wait for us to turn up which was so good of them. When we arrived we put on high vis jackets and wondered through to the bar area to meet the guide and the rest of the visitors and it was a great atmosphere. The tour itself lasted well over an hour, which showed the old brewing equipment, and the old methods and the new equipment and the new DE14 nano brewery which is super cool! Finally we sat and enjoyed a few beers and grabbed some merchandise. We had a great time and as a massive Marston's beer fan I was in my element here. We will visit again for sure and we highly recommend the trip! Thank you!!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Helen J wrote a review Nov 2019
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Our tour guide Sarah was very informative and funny. She made the whole experience very enjoyable and the beer was very good too. Highly recommend 😃
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Deano69 wrote a review Sep 2019
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my son bought me a trip to the Marston Brewery tour for my birthday as we are both keen on ales and its history. Well what can i say the Lady that took us on the tour was very informative her name was Caroline, we were running a bit late due to a train delay and called to let them know and thankfully they held back for us. when we arrived we were greeted by Caroline whom told us what to expect on the walk about what a great visit and the beers we tasted were very nice. i highly recommend this tour to all and a big thank you to Caroline
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Heather G wrote a review Aug 2019
Beeston, United Kingdom70 contributions32 helpful votes
I really enjoyed the guided tour of the brewery by Caroline. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable. I’m not a beer drinker but it was still very interesting to see all the old brewing machinery alongside the new machinery. Although it would have been nice to actually see the brewing being done ( we visited on a Saturday) I still felt that the tour was good value for money.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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