Culinary — 14 June 2018
Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery Opens for Limited Tours this Summer.
On select weekends June 1-September 2, you can tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Cartersville, Georgia.

The Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery is open for a special series of brewery tours this summer, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at the company’s time-honored brewery process.

If you’ve ever only toured a craft brewery, don’t assume you’ve seen it all. It’s quite different to see a behemoth in action. Don’t miss the chance to get inside.

How big is it, really? Beer barrels are 31 gallons. More than 6.5 million barrels were produced at this Cartersville facility in 2017.

You may have gotten a peek inside the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery in the 2018 Budweiser Super Bowl spot, which ranked #3 in USA Today’s Ad Meter. The commercial highlights its heritage as the brewer that supplies water for disaster relief efforts. Tours offer the chance to see the huge production process for yourself.

The Cartersville brewery is the only brewery in the U.S. producing Budweiser’s newest addition to its Reserve Collection, Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. This beer is specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and builds on Budweiser’s long-standing support of American veterans (a portion of proceeds will help fund educational scholarships to military families).

The Cartersville brewery is also the exclusive producer of Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, which uses organic grains. And it’s currently the only Budweiser plant that has the capability to can emergency drinking water (though the Fort Collins facility will add that option to one of its lines later this year).

Of the 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the U.S., the Cartersville facility was the last one built. It is currently the only facility utilizing solar power, although that green technology will be expanding across the company.

What

Tours will take place on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 2, 2018. Advanced reservations are required. The brewery last opened in 2015 for limited summer tours, which sold out quickly. You can book now at www.budweisertours.com.

Each tour lasts 60-90 minutes and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the art of brewing Budweiser. Highlights of the tour include visits to brewing, the lagering and finishing cellars, packaging, and a sample directly from a finishing tank (if you’re age 21 plus—IDs are checked).

Some fun facts…

  • All Budweiser beers are lagers
  • It takes an average of 30 days to brew a Bud
  • The yeast strain used dates back to 1876
  • The U.S. is one of the largest producers of rice; 9% of the rice produced in the U.S. is purchased by Anheuser-Busch
  • The Cartersville Brewery sources its water from Lake Allatoona
  • 7 different types of hops are used in Budweiser
  • Everything brewed at this site has already been ordered
  • 20 batches of beer are brewed in an hour
  • The Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery makes 37 different products in 40 different packages
  • 2,000 12-oz. cans can be processed per minute

Throughout the tour, guests ages 21 and older will have an opportunity to sample Anheuser-Busch products and visit a pop-up gift shop to find something special to commemorate their visit to the brewery, including Georgia-specific attire and other Anheuser-Busch souvenirs.

The tours cost $25 for guests ages 21 and older and $10 for guests ages 13-20. (No one under age 13 is permitted.)

The Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery opened in 1993 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It brews beer that is exported to all 50 states and 40 countries.

Please note: For safety, closed-toe shoes are required to be worn during the tour.

When

Limited public tours are available on the select weekends below:

  • June 1 – June 3
  • July 6 – 8
  • August 3 – 5
  • August 31 – September 2

Times for the tours include:

  • Fridays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Where

Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery
100 Busch Drive NE
Cartersville, GA 30120

Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery

-Photo Credits: top and bottom images courtesy Weber Shandwick PR for Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery; remainder © HSP Media LLC

-Thanks to Weber Shandwick PR and the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery for hosting a media tour. Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

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