Touring Anheuser-Busch Houston
A review of the brewery tour at Anheuser-Busch in Houston, Texas.
Maybe I'm biased but I think Houston did a great job hosting one of the most exciting Super Bowls in the history of Super Bowls. Houston made sure there was plenty to celebrate leading up to the big game. I was invited out to Anheuser-Busch's Houston Brewery to tour their facility to celebrate the 51st Super Bowl and the brewery being in its 51st year!
To be honest, when I was invited out, I hadn't realized that Anheuser-Busch Houston offered brewery tours and had a tasting room. That maybe because the tasting room only opened a few years ago! The tasting room in a beautiful open concept with nods to Texas style. We honestly could have sat in the tasting room all day trying the variety of different beers Anheuser-Busch works with.
However, there was a tour to be had and brew masters to meet. The tour we took is called "The Brewmaster Tour". The Head Brewmaster for the Houston brewery, Jeff, guided us through each level of the beer making process. We're pretty familiar with taking brewery tours but to see the global production side of the beer industry, well it was just flat out amazing. A big reminder heard throughout Jeff's tour is that Anheuser-Busch cares about beer and how it's brewed. With picking up craft companies like Goose Island and most recently Karbach, there is always that fear of change in the products we know. Take one tour and get to know the people who brew the beer at Anheuser-Busch and you'll start to see that the facility is filled with good people who care about the quality of your favorites brews.
Like most brewery tours we got to smell the hops, look in the mash tun, and listen to the rattle of the bottling facility. The coolest part of the tour we tapped our own beers straight from the finishing tanks! Not from a bottle, not from a keg, from the finishing tank. You can't get a fresher crisper Budweiser beer. It was the coolest part of any tour we've taken!
I do recommend no matter the season taking a jacket, the finishing tank room is cold enough to make you shiver.
After we finished the tour we headed to the tasting room to browse the endless gift shop and have another beer. It was nice to finish the day off by sitting and chatting about the things we learned. Except it didn't end there.
Since it was the Super Bowl, Anheuser-Busch brought out their famous Budweiser Clydesdales for everyone to meet and Clyde the dalmatian to ride atop the carriage. It was my first time meeting the Clydesdales and I was in awe of their massive size and beauty to match. Needless to say it was the perfect topper for our Budweiser day.
If you're in the Houston area, I encourage you to stop by Anheuser-Busch for a beer and a look at how such a large company brews beer. I've even added their tour to my list of Breweries to visit in Houston.
So tell me, what did you do for the Super Bowl? Would you love to visit a major brewing company like Anheuser-Busch?
Until next time, cheers!