I spent a quick 36 hours in New Hampshire this weekend, somewhere that is quickly turning into one of my favorite places to visit. After scoring some sweet tax free deals at the Merrimack Outlets I made my way to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to see how a bottle of good ol’ American Bud Light is made.
The Tour we went on cost $10 and included a tour of the facilities, a glass of hours old bud light poured straight from the ice cold barrel, a tour of the bottling facility, two samples, and a complimentary glass to take home. They also have complimentary tours and VIP Tours.
The facility was huge and we traveled through rooms with three degrees of temperatures.. 80 degrees where the mashing process takes place and “wort” is made, 56 degrees where the holding tanks are and the fermentation takes place, and 30 degrees where the beer is held before pasteurization and bottling.
Did you know that Bud Light is the only beer to be made with rice? It gives the beer it’s light color and distinct flavor. Anheuser-Busch is also one of the only breweries to have it’s own hops farms, one in Germany and one in Idaho.
After the tour we made our way to the gift shop and biergarten. There they have $2 pints of beers and German style food. Lastly, you can not end your trip without visiting the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale’s.
Check out budweisertours.com for tour times at all of their brewery locations. Cheers!