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“Not your Father's Anheuser-Busch”

Budweiser Brewery Tours
Ranked #1 of 9 Food & Drink in Fairfield
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Owner description: Take a tour of the brewery, get free beer and learn about the beer making process.
Mount Olive, North Carolina
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Not your Father's Anheuser-Busch”
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I've been to several of the other Anheuser-Busch breweries and this one was the least impressive that I have visited. I am unsure if it is because of the merger with In-Bev or the lack of a bottling facility or that the factory is one of the smallest in the distribution chain, but the tour was less enjoyable than previous visits to Jacksonville, St. Louis, and the now defunct tour in Williamsburg.

First, the tour guide only offered us a single ten ounce serving of one of In-bev's products. Second, the products offered were not even bottled in the factory, they were sent in from another brewery. Third, and probably most important, they informed the group that they did not offer Budweiser, because they did not receive their order. It would have been unthinkable that when the Busch's controlled the company that they would offer Belgian & German Beers but not their flagship brand.

One positive from the tour was that we were able to go on the factory floor and we were able to enter the tank rooms. The guide seemed knowledgeable, but there was really no reason to ask any additional questions. If you have never been to a brewery and are I the area, it is worth a stop, but if you have been to other Anheuser-Busch breweries in the past, you will be disappointed.

3 Thank Stephen E
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Winnipeg Canada
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“Interesting tour”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We went on the Brewer Master tour. Our guide was very informative. It was very cool in some the rooms so bring a sweater. The plant was very noise. You get a Bud baseball cap, a glass and a diploma . And lots of beers to taste at the end. It was $10.00 per person.

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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“Some good, some just okay”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

There is not much to the factory tour. You get led around and see some of the equipment but it is hard to make out what is going on. Also, this facility only makes canned beer so entire areas of the factory are now dark and empty, which makes the facility appear that it is on it's way out. We were expecting a beer tasting at the end of the tour. Instead, they give you a glass of beer (or soda) at the start of the tour. You get to select the kind you want and then you drink it while you sit and watch a video and listen to the guide give you an overview of the history of the company and its players. The information was interesting and the beer good so one really cannot complain, especially considering this is a free experience! Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Tip: We combined this with a visit to Jelly Belly (within a mile) and Il Fiorello Olive Oil (ten to fifteen minutes away). There are also some nearby wineries that would round out the day well.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank LisaMNewJersey
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“Great Little Tour!”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Intersting little tour of a wonderful brewery! So many things to learn about the best beer around and free samples at the end!

Visited May 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“THIS Bud's for you!”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

It was great timing that we took this tour during a Playoff game. We wanted to show our pre-teen and teenage daughters what a real working factory looked like. After seeing Jelly Belly (not in full factory mode at the time), my husband needed some "man" time. He and I took a tour here about 15 years ago. There was another entrance then wherein the first whiff one got was from the brewing hops and barley. Yuck. This time they had an elegant entrance with a brand new gift shop on the side. Really nice woodwork! The prices at the gift shop weren't that bad, either. After waiting 1/2 hour for the next tour, a nice young man was our guide. The tour is very impressive and sometimes noisy. However, the generous samples given at the end wore off any ringing in the ears! Confession time: I don't like beer. However, the kind lady at the bar offered me the Stella Artois "Cidre". It was more like apple cider with a small kick. I'd definitely buy it. On a sad note, they ran out of pretzels. Shucks!

Visited January 2014
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