Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anheuser-Busch / KMOX

While in St. Louis we took a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

The tour was very interesting. Anheuser-Busch was formed in 1869 and became the largest brewer in the United States in 1957. Three buildings on its site are listed as National Historic Landmarks. Afterwards we got two free glasses of beer. I chose a Shock Top and a Stella Artois. I had no idea that A-B brewed, imported or distributed so many brands besides Budweiser: Beck's, Michelob, Natural Light, Bass Ale, Rolling Rock and Bacardi Silver among many others.

The best part of the tour might have been seeing the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. There are five "hitches" or teams of horses that travel the country for promotional purposes and one hitch that stays at the brewery in a historic brick stable. To become a Budweiser Clydesdale the horse must have a reddish-brown coat, four white stocking feet and a blaze of white on their face. If not, then it's off to the glue factory they probably stay at Anheuser-Busch-owned Grant's Farm or their breeding facility Warm Springs Ranch.

I knew these horses were massive but you really have no idea until you're right up next to one (I'm 5'11".)

I also saw two beer wagon dalmatians scamper through the stable but they ran off before I could get a picture.

KMOX is a News/Talk station from St. Louis, Missouri. Anheuser-Busch owned the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team from 1953 to 1996. The Cardinals home of Busch Stadium was originally going to be called Budweiser Stadium but was prevented from doing so by Major League Baseball. A-B went ahead and named it Busch Stadium and then slyly introduced a new brew called Busch Bavarian Beer.

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