Located at 721 Pestalozzi Street in downtown St. Louis, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is other one of St. Louis’s well known landmark along with the Cathedral Basilica, the Arch and the Eads Bridge. The area that the brewery encompasses is spread over 142 acres and includes many red brick Romanesque buildings on the property. This location has served as the North American headquarters for the Anheuser-Busch company since its founding and the merger with the Brazilian-Belgium brewer InBev.
Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis location was built in 1875 after German born soap and candle maker Eberhard Anheuser purchased a brewery that was in danger of going bankrupt back in 1860. In 1864 Adolphus Busch, Eberhard’s son-in-law, joined the new family business and in 1869 would become a partner in the company. After Eberhard’s death in 1880, Adolphus became president and the company was renamed the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. During Adolphus’s tenure as president of Anheuser-Busch Brewing, he became the first U.S. brewer to use pasteurization in order to keep beer fresh while it was transported. At the same time, AB’s use of the railroad to ship its products across the country made it the first national beer brand in America. In 1869, AB introduced what it called a “super-premium” beer by the name of Michelob that to this day is still on the top end of all of AB’s products. In the 20th Century, the Temperance movement and the passing of the 18th Amendment nearly brought AB to its knees. However, the company survived by selling products such as brewer’s yeast, malt extract, ice cream and the nonalcoholic malt beverage Bevo. After prohibition, AB flourished again and by 1957, AB had become the largest brewer in the United States. In 1981, Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. was established and was responsible for the company’s foreign beer operations and equity investments; however, since the takeover by InBev, A-Bll has been shut down and it operations have been transferred to InBev’s respective zones.
Despite AB’s merger with InBev, Anheuser-Busch continues to be an iconic St. Louis landmark. On November 13th, 1966, the brewery was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark District. Tours of the brewery are available from September to August; however, times when the tours are available vary. From September to April tours are held Monday to Saturday from10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 11:30 am to 4 pm. In May tours are held Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11:30 am to 5 pm and from June to August, the tours are held Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm Sunday from 11:30 am to 5 pm. Holiday Inn Express St. Louis and Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown are two hotels closest to this historic brewery and iconic St. Louis landmark.