Free Beer

A few months ago the wife and I headed down to the city to take the FREE tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.  And, in the process, scratch another "to do" off my 101 in 1001 list.  (#63 Tour the AB Brewery)

We had a great time.  I think Gina enjoyed it even more than I did.  We were both amazed by the scale and speed of the operation.  Though, I think the stop at the Clydesdale barn was her favorite part.  She especially loved seeing the Dalmatians.  One of them was active and walking all around the place while the other was just sleeping on the floor while 60 strangers bustled in, talking loudly and taking pictures.  That was one laid back dog.

After the tour we stopped off for our free refreshments.  For me, it was hard to pass up free Stella on tap so that was a pretty easy choice.  Initially Gina said she'd just have soda but I "encouraged" her to not turn down free beer and she went with the Pumpkin seasonal... which I ended up drinking as well.

We had a great time and decided we'd come back again for the "Beer School" tour to learn more about food pairings with the AB beers.  Our first attempt was denied because we arrived too late and the tour was already full.  So, it's still on our list of things to do.

I can't believe I lived in St. Louis for 8 years before making it down there for the tour.  If you're in the area you should definitely check it out.  A word of caution, though, while the tour itself may be free it ends at the Gift Shop (as do all good tours).  The shop is full of AB schwag (hats, t-shirts, keychains, etc.) and, of course, beer.  You can build your own mix-&-match 6 packs of some of the AB "boutique" brands.  Be prepared to spend a few dollars after the free tour.