In the market of brewery, distillery, or factory tours, not many are free. Big names like Heineken, Guinness, and Sam Adams ask for significant compensation for having a look inside their buildings with promises of "free samples" at the end. But, in St. Louis, Anheuser- Busch is a great value, in that it's completely free and they give two half-pint samples of any of their products. The tour is about forty-five minutes long, starting with the famous Clydesdale horses and then moving into the brewing process with a look in many different buildings around their large property near the banks of the Mississippi. The tour ends in one of the many bar areas in the main building where they have numerous beers on tap, including many kinds of Shock Top, and Budweiser varieties. There is also free soda for kids or non-drinkers and bags of pretzels if you find yourself needing a snack.
There are also "premium" tours that can be paid for that are more in depth and, most likely, involve more tasting. The free tours depart every fifteen minutes but on crowded days the wait time can be lengthy. At the front desk you can receive your ticket and time slot, and can wait around in the gift shop or Biergarten. While the Biergarten is nice, with a seasonal menu and wide selection of beers, it is a bit expensive and might off set the reason for coming to the free tour.
This tour is also a chance to have fun while also experiencing the great history that St. Louis has to offer.