Anheuser-Busch Brewery - Fort Collins, CO - a history of quality beverages


Anheuser-Busch Brewery is located at 2351 Busch Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado. Visitors love the facilities and those that are at least twenty-one can visit the Hospitality Room for a product sampling. There are a number of samples offered including new and seasonal products. The facility is open from 10am until 4pm Thursday through Monday from October 1 thought the 31st of May. From June 1 until September 30 the facility is open every day from 10am until 4pm.

Tours of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery are given based on availability and the facility may close on some holidays. Visitors should call to confirm hours. The gift shop at the brewery closes an hour after the final tour is given. Travel down Interstate 25 to the Mountain Vista Drive and use exit 271. Busch Drive is on the right.

The gift shop at the brewery has unique merchandise that includes glassware, apparel and culinary items for guests to choose from. There are also malt beverages from Anheuser-Busch in the gift shop. Coupons are available for the gift shop at the Anheuser Busch Brewery contact the facility directly for additional details.

Adolphus Busch was the second youngest out of twenty-two children and immigrated to the United States during 1857 from Germany. He started work on the St. Louis riverfront as a clerk and ended up forming a brewery supply company. In 1860 Eberhard Anheuser bought a St. Louis brewery that was having difficulty and changed the name to the E. Anheuser and Co.

Lilly A. Anheuser was the daughter of Anheuser and married Adolphus Busch who became part of the company during 1864 as a salesman. He later became partner and eventually company president. Busch bought half of the brewery during 1869 and during 1878 he formed Budweiser with Carl Conrad. The company began producing high quality beer and during 1879 the name was changed to Anheuser-Busch Brewing Associate. The next year Adolphus took over the presidency of the company and for the next thirty-three years; he is thought to be the company founder.

By 1901 Anheuser-Busch Brewery produced one million barrels annually. August A. Busch Sr. became the company president after Adolphus Busch died during 1913 and Bevo was introduced during 1916. When Prohibition began during the early 1920's the company began diversifying the product line to ensure that it remained in business. At the end of Prohibition during 1933 the company introduced the Budweiser Clysdesdales. In 1934 Adolphuls Busch the third became company president when August A. Busch Sr. died.

The company has seen a number of innovations such as putting the beer it sold into cans and continuing to introduce new products.

The company has continued to have a reputation of quality production and thrived even in the most difficult of economic times. Anyone interested in touring a facility that produces quality products should make it a point to visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Additional information about the hours of operation and taking a tour of the facilities can be obtained by contacting the company directly.

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