With the explosion of craft breweries in recent years, I’ve been savoring hundreds of peculiar, original, and inventive brews from around the country and touring those breweries in person. The process behind making craft beer has become a clear reflection of the care and attention that small brewers put into their product; from sourcing water to hand-picking hops from the farms of their choosing.
The world of big brewing though, has been a mystery to me. To cover some gaps in understanding of what goes into large scale beer manufacturing, I headed to Newark, New Jersey, (just a stone’s throw away) from the airport, to one of the many large brewing facilities owned by Anheuser-Busch, where the legendary Budweiser and Stella Artois beers are brewed and bottled.
Anheuser-Busch Public tours available through factories in St. Louis, MO; Merrimack, NH; Fort Collins, CO; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL, Fairfield, CA (see schedule) anheuser-busch.com