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Days and Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm CLOSED Monday and Tuesday Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Plan to Stay: 1.5 hours for tour, hospitality room, plus time for shopping and tour assembly room displays.
Minimum Age: Under age 18 must be accompanied by adult.
Disabled Access: Yes
Group Requirements: Groups larger than 15 should call 1 day in advance. Groups of more than 35 people will be split into smaller groups. No maximum group size.
Special Information: Photography is permitted inside brewery.
Gift Shop: Tour Center Store sells logoed items, including T-shirts, bathing suits, steins, and jackets. Closes 2 hours later than tours.
Directions: From Boston, take I-93 North to I-495 South to Rt. 3 North. In New Hampshire, Rt. 3 becomes Everett Tnpk. Get off at Exit 10. At end of ramp, go right. At the next set of lights, turn left onto Daniel Webster Hwy. At the next traffic light, turn right into the brewery. Park in second lot on right. From Rt. 101, take Everett Tnpk. South to Exit 10 in Merrimack. At end of ramp, turn left. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Daniel Webster Hwy. Follow to next traffic light and turn right into brewery.
Nearby Attractions: American Textile History Museum (see page 65); Currier Gallery of Art (call 603-669-6144); New England Quilt Museum (call 978-452-4207).
The entrance to the Merrimack Tour Center is surrounded by New England charm and award-winning landscape.
Go Behind the Scenes at a Budweiser Brewery in New Hampshire
You Might Even Meet Budweiser's Famous Clydesdales
Kim Knox Beckius
Budweiser is America's—and maybe even the world's—most recognizable beer brand, but many New England visitors don't realize that Anheuser-Busch has a manufacturing and bottling facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire , where beer fans can drink, eat, go behind the scenes for a brewery experience and even meet the famous Budweiser Clydesdales a few times each year when the East Coast Traveling Hitch is home resting up for its next parade or other appearance.
If you're a beer fan, the Anheuser-Busch factory in Merrimack is the largest of the best breweries to visit in New Hampshire and a place to marvel at modern mechanization and the scale of production. The Budweiser Brewery has been operating in New Hampshire for nearly 50 years, and while changes in 2019 eliminated some of the facility's cherished offerings (including free brewery tours for all ages and daily visit with the Clydesdales), there are still reasons to include a Merrimack stop on your New Hampshire itinerary.
Reserve Your Brewery Tour
Free Budweiser brewery tours are no longer offered in Merrimack, but that doesn't mean you can't get a look at the beermaking process. Visitors now have two options, available Wednesday through Sunday:
The Beermaster Tour : Buy tickets online ($35 for ages 21 and up, $10 for guests ages 13 to 20, no younger children allowed) for this in-depth and educational experience that incorporates a full tour of the brewing plant including the chance to see the brew house, the lager cellar, the ale cellar, and the packaging facility, plus bonus treats including the chance to taste fresh beer directly from a finishing tank (if you're 21+). Beermaster Tour participants also leave with a a variety of commemorative gifts.
The Bud Light Tour : Purchase tickets online ($10 for adults 21 and up, $5 for guests ages 3 to 20, and free for children under 3) for this factory tour focused on company history and the brewing process for Bud Light: the top-selling beer in the world. You'll step inside the brew house, the lager cellar, the ale cellar, and the finishing cellar; watch the mesmerizing bottling process through observation windows; sample Bud Light straight from the finished beer tank (if you're 21+); and enjoy an additional sample of a beer crafted on-site when the tour concludes in the hospitality room.
Private group tours are an option in New Hampshire, as well.
Meet the Clydesdales... Maybe
The Budweiser Clydesdales are the beverage industry's most recognizable mascots, and you can sometimes meet these famous horses by visiting the Clydesdale Hamlet at Anheuser-Busch's brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
In 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. gave a hitch of Clydesdales to his father in celebration of the resumption of brewing in St. Louis following the repeal of Prohibition. Clydesdales, a powerful breed of draft horses, originated in the Clyde valley of Scotland, and they are known for the distinctive, feathery hair on their fetlocks—the lower parts of their legs above and behind the hooves.
If you've never heard of the Budweiser Clydesdales, then you've probably been living in a cave for several decades. These high-stepping horses make hundreds of public appearances each year in addition to appearing in television commercials and other Budweiser beer advertising.
The hitch of Clydesdales that calls New Hampshire home is one of several owned by Budweiser, which offers tours of three of its U.S. breweries . Unfortunately, as of January 1, 2019, New Hampshire is no longer where young Clydesdales are trained, and that means opportunities to see the horses in the picturesque stables here are limited. The Clydesdale training facility was relocated to Warm Springs Ranch in Booneville, Missouri, and now Merrimack is only home to the East Coast Traveling Hitch. The team is home in New Hampshire just a couple of times each year, and while they are out performing up and down the East Coast, there are no Clydesdales on the property.
Drink and Eat at the Biergarten
If you're sad there are no Clydesdales to see, you can drown your sorrows at the Biergarten, where you'll discover that Budweiser is the brewer behind many more craft beer labels than you realized. There's a fun menu of food to pair with your choice of brews, and when the fire pits are lit, you can even toast marshmallows for S'mores.
The Budweiser brewery is located at 221 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, New Hampshire, which is between Nashua and Manchester. Follow the Everett Turnpike/Route 3 to exit 10, then travel east on Industrial Drive to a left on Daniel Webster Highway.
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Taking a Budweiser Brewery tour in Merrimack, NH isn’t just for beer lovers. It’s also an experience for history buffs and anyone who likes to understand the ins and outs of how things are made. It’s also an opportunity to take a peek at the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales .
Picking up a Budweiser Brewery Tour in Merrimack, NH
With the number of craft breweries on the rise, it’s easy to forget about the rich and storied history of ale giants like Budweiser, and that’s just what they hope to combat by offering tours of their 6 bottling facilities. However, the Budweiser Brewery tour in Merrimack, NH is one of only 3 places that the popular Clydesdales call home.
In 1933, the first Budweiser Clydesdale team was put into action to celebrate the repeal of prohibition. Since that time, they’ve grown into a national symbol, recognized by beer lovers and even non-drinkers across the country.
Given the popularity of the equine team, a visit to the stables is a natural way to start your tour in Merrimack. You can see just how large their harnesses are and take a look at some of the equipment used when the team is put to work in parades and shows. During our visit, most of the horses were out to pasture, but a few were munching on hay in the stables.
Off to See Beer Being Made
To take a Budweiser Brewery tour in Merrimack, however, you’ll need to trot on over to the brand store. This where you’ll purchase your tickets and meet your guide.
Tours start every 20 to 30 minutes or so, and while there is a small waiting area opposite the retail outlet, most people hang around checking out the merchandise. Most also shell out some extra cash to walk home with branded gear.
As any craft brewer will tell you, the act of making beer is largely a waiting game, so don’t expect to see a lot of action on the tour, particularly if you’re visiting on a weekend. In fact, the first stop after having your photo snapped with a bronzed Clydesdale, is the mashing facility.
During the walk from the store toward the building, you’ll learn about the history of Budweiser and the story of German immigrant, Adolphus Busch, who later joined forces with client Eberhard Anheuser to form Anheuser Busch, the parent company to the Budweiser brand.
As you near the mashing facility, you’ll be asked to turn off your cell phone to avoid accidental sparks. This is where hops and barely are brought in on trains and milled into a fine grain, forming the central ingredients for Budweiser’s famous brands. Once you leave the milling facility, you’ll be allowed to turn your phone on and take pictures again.
Budweiser Brewer Tour in Merrimack, NH Includes Tasting of Unfinished Brews
The next stop on the tour is the Budweiser craft brewery tanks. Here the guide discusses Budweiser’s foray into specialty beers. Since the brands under fermentation at Budweiser in Merrimack change on a regular basis, the guide will also tell you a little about the particular brews being made on that day.
Leaving the craft tanks, you’ll travel next to the Budweiser or Bud Lite finishing tanks. This is where the fermentation for Budweiser’s primary beers takes place. This is also the first sampling spot on the tour where guests are allowed to sip the freshly fermented beer prior to final finishing.
Which beer you will be able to sample will depend upon which brew is in the tanks on the day you’re visiting the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack. During our visit, the Merrimack brewery was finishing a batch of Bud Lite. A survey of the drinkers on the tour, most who sipped a few small cups, revealed that beer at this stage was a little crisper than the finished product, possibly more flavorful.
After enjoying the unfinished samples, the tour moves you along to the finishing room. This is where beechwood is added to the bottom of the tanks before the brew you just sampled in the finishing tanks is piped in.
The beechwood is designed to facilitate the lagering process wherein yeast is used to reduce some of the by-products of fermentation, mainly acetaldehyde and diacetyl. The former is reported to emit a taste like green apples or latex paint, if you can imagine the two tasting the same. The layering of beechwood gives the yeast a place to grow as it goes about its work of breaking down these distasteful byproducts.
This is also where the beer will pick up most of its carbonation as well as its alcohol content, since the majority of the fermentation occurs in these tanks. On some trips, you will be offered the option to take home a small piece of the beechwood used to age Budweiser.
Bottling Happens Day and Night at Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH
When operating at peak capacity, the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH tuns out 57,000 cases of bottled beer in a day. You’ll see how this is possible on the last stop of the tour. Glass windows overlook the bottling plant, where you can see packaging of the bottles in action.
The tour guide will pause here and answer any lingering questions for those who are interested in the process. Others dwindle away into the tasting room, where the majority of the Budweiser Brews are available on tap, including some specialty beers.
Each guest was allowed two samplings during our first visit served in 6-ounce plastic cups. However, during our second visit to the Budweiser Merrimack facility, drinkers in the group were asked to select a single variety which was then served in a much larger souvenir pilsner glass. O’Doul’s and various varieties of soft drinks are available for non-drinkers.
Getting to the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH
The Budweiser Brewer in Merrimack is located at 221 Daniel Webster Highway. The facility is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Brewery tours are offered during normal business hours.
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The tour was interesting and Monique is very knowledgeable. She also made the tour fun. We will... read more
Great experience!!! You are taken through the entire brewery. Monique is an amazing tour guide. Her... read more
Fun with Clydesdales
Not only a fun tour, but the garden is one of the best along with the Clydesdale's are available for a photo op first sat each month
I'm not a big fan of Anheuser-Busch's products, but their brewery tour is one of the best I've ever been on. We took a Beermaster tour, which is a few extra bucks than the regular tour, but gets you a comprehensive tour of the brewery with a dedicated guide. The tour is supposed to last 2 hours, but we asked so many questions along the way it was probably closer to 3 for us. Well worth the trip to Merrimack!
We were in the area staying about an hour from here and I REALLY wanted to go see the East Coast Budweiser horse team (there is only 3 in the country). So off we went being so close. Then once there realized we could do the brewery tour for FREE ok why not we're here after all. You could take photos though the tour. And at the end you each got to pick 2-12 ounce drinks from their menu that day but the trick is you only have 20minutes to drink them in!! They also have Non alcoholic beers and soft drinks for free too along with snacks. So everyone wins here. They do let you see the photos they took of your group at that point it was a good deal in my option for $20 got a 5x7 of the horse team, 5x7 of your group, 1-3x5 of your group, 2-2x3 of your group and a magnetic frame along with a memory folder of brewery tour the photos of the date on them. But you are not obligated to buy them. But still a good deal for the memory of our trip and first time here. I have done several other brewery tours of other places but found this one to have the much broader selection for those who don't drink or not interested in the actual brewery part is the horses with the stables and the gift shop which was reasonable in my option getting a cute shirt of the horses for my daughter (but could not say Budweiser for school reasons it just had the horse in gems and the city/state she loved it for $18 great gift for my teen at home. Postcards .50 ect which they had more horse stuff though like magnets as I collect them but everything said Budweiser. Oh well. My goal is to visit the other 2 horse hamlets in St Louis and Fort Collins Colorado this year!! We gave our bnb the info on this place to pass on to their guests as it was a straight shot down the interstate to find this place from where we were staying.
finished off a day of shopping with a visit to the brewery tour and it was really nice. lots of info is given and same with samples. Quite interesting definitely make time for it if in the area. |You wont be disappointed
If you like beer, this is a great tour. If you like horses, this is a not-to-be-missed adventure. The Anheuser Busch brewery tour takes about an hour. You’ll start in a pleasant waiting area just off the gift shop. For those “of age” you will get your first “taste” here, too. On our day it was “Shock Top.” The tour itself takes you through all stages of the brewing process from the giant train cars that unload daily to the bottling/canning operation. There are a few stairways, but they have elevators at every step of the way, making this a very handicap accessible tour. Folks typically think of this as the Budweiser Brewery, but they are brewing lots of other beers, as well. In fact, at the end of the tour, you’ll end up in a large hospitality room. A menu lists a variety of brews and ciders, etc., from which tour goers can select two. You get two full-size portions, along with bagged pretzels to nibble. They also have a selection of family-friendly beverages, too. The best part of the tour, in my opinion, is self-guided. Merrimack, NH is one of only three locations in the country where Anheuser Busch have teams of their famous Clydesdale horses. Though they tour 340 days a year, one full team of 8 is always “home,” so you can visit these enormous horses whenever you want. Plus, New Hampshire is the training location, so there are also pastures and corals behind the main stables, where you can see several pairs of young Clydesdales. You can stay as long as you want. Tours end at 4, but the stables stay open till 5. At the far end of the stable building is a wonderful room with some of their oldest wagons, formerly used for delivering beer. In this room is a TV monitor that runs a delightful array of stories and videos, including all those classy Clydesdales television commercials. All of this is for free. The only money to spend is $20 if you want the package of professional photographs that they offer. There’s no pressure. They literally take photographs of us tourists before we enter the plant to start the tour. They are really very good. Of course, you could spend money in the gift shop, where there are plenty of large and small items… my favorites there are the little stuffed Dalmations (to honor the dogs that ride with the Clydesdale hitch teams) and both a large and baby-sized Clydesdale. You’ll also find everything from specialty beers and clothing items to coolers and lots of jazzy souvenirs.
Last night a group of us attended the "Brews & Bites" tour at the Merrimack, NH Budweiser Plant. It was totally awesome!! Before the event we went on our own, to the stables to see the Clydesdale's. Beautiful horses....they had 10 in the indoor stables and several outdoor. Be sure to check out the famous Budweiser trailers they pull in the back display room. One horse was actually named after me "Pete"!! The "General" was very stoic and proper, and doing his own thing! What magnificent animals. The tour started promptly on time and the tour of the facilities was excellent. The tour guide was excellent. Had a beer tasting direct from the giant finish tank....ice cold! To complete the tour we all gathered in their pub area, sampled beers, and had 4 excellent appetizers of food which complemented certain beers they had. The cost of this evening tour was $15 if you bought the ticket online. $20 at the door. The plat was impeccably clean and the best part in my opinion was watching the bottling process. Tour lasted 3 hours. Lots of stairs, but they also offer elevators for those that want it. A must see.
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Merrimack brewery experience to light up the holiday season, anheuser-busch biergarten and tour center set to "flip the switch" on 250,000-light, family-friendly christmas celebration friday night..
Scott Souza , Patch Staff
MERRIMACK, NH — A quarter-million lights will help ring in the holiday season at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center Friday night when the switch is flipped to illuminate the brewery's yuletide festivities. The fourth annual Merrimack Brewery Experience includes the massive lights display, as well as activities for kids and special packages for adults.
"It's a chance to bring the community together to celebrate the season," Carla Reardon, Merrimack Brewery Experience assistant manager told Patch on Friday. "So many of our connections these days are around social media. But this is a place where people can come back, sit down with each other, and enjoy the season together."
The 250,000 lights make for the biggest display in the four-year history of the holiday experience. There is also a Candy Cane Maze that includes complimentary 3D glasses that create the sensation that the holiday light designs are jumping off the walls, a light tunnel with synchronized music and a Kid's Zone in a heated tent with face painting and holiday-themed crafts that Reardon said children can either bring home or leave to be placed on the brewery's Christmas tree.
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"We've been working on it for quite a while now," Reardon said. "The inspiration behind it is building a sense of community where people want to come and roast S'mores on the fire pits together."
Adult-themed packages include the VIP Igloo Package where those 21-plus can split two buckets of beer, and those of any age can spend a night in the snow and ice. The private igloos seat up to six people with advanced purchased suggested due to limited availability.
The new 21-plus Frosty Tour allows guests to sample beer directly from the tank in the Finishing Annex after a brewery tour of the Brew Hall, Ale Fermentation Cellars and Beechwood Aging Cellars. The tour includes a complimentary pint of Bud Light.
It all kicks off Friday at 6 when brewery general manager Tom Jokerst "flips the switch" to turn on the 250,000 lights. The Merrimack Brewery Experience will then be open Thursdays and Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m., through Dec. 29 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
All are encouraged to share their experience on social media by using the #BreweryLights hashtag.
Tickets for all packages and discounted parking can be purchased online .
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