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“Now I know how great tasting beer is made.”

Marston's Brewery Tour
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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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“Now I know how great tasting beer is made.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Not sure if this is really the first review of this tour but if it is that surprises me, surely lots of people have been and enjoyed a tour of a real working brewery and not a sanitised museum you get to visit in the famous Guinness Hop Store in Dublin.

Ruth, our guide, was extremely knowledgable and coming from a family whose Dad actually worked here she had a reaal pride in the place, lots of noisy and smelly machinery was on show but that's what a real brewery is actually all about.

Following your tour you get the chance to down a couple of free pints and try others for a minimal cost, well worth the experience and I recommend this tour for anyone with even a a smidgen of interest in industrial history.

Just one caveat, there are quite a few sets of steps/stairs to negotiate so anyone with mobility problems needs to enquire about those in advance.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank neilevan
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