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Try beer straight from the source at Anheuser-Busch brewery pop-up tours

rarriaza@vagazette.com

For almost 20 years, the Williamsburg Anheuser-Busch brewery has been closed to the public, but that all changes this summer with a series of monthly pop-up tours.

The brewery is offering two days of tours on July 7 and 8, and guests will get an inside look at how their favorite beers are brewed.

Each tour will last 60 to 90 minutes. Jeff Scott, Anheuser-Busch’s local brewmaster, says guests will visit control rooms that the plant used when it first opened in 1972 and the brewing, lagering and finishing cellars.

“They’ll get to pull a sample of beer directly from the filtered beer tank, and they’ll also get to taste beer that’s going through the aging cycle, so we beechwood-age our beer for 21 days and they’ll get to taste that beer out of a lager tank,” said Scott.

The brewery will also have a gift shop with Virginia-specific attire and other souvenirs.

Scott says the company decided to open the plant to the public to raise awareness of its support for the Williamsburg community.

“We’re proud of our quality and our brands, and we really want to share that and have a little bit more visibility to our local community to show some of our pride,” said Scott.

Tours cost $25 for guests 21 and over and $10 for guests 13-20 years old. Children under 13 are not allowed on the tour.

For advance booking, visit budweisertours.com.

Tour schedule

July 7 and 8: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

 

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