|No Tours Allowed
|Victory Brewing Company of
Downingtown, PA will no longer offer
brewery tours. According to Co-Founder
Bill Covaleski, the decision wasn’t easy but
necessary "in order to keep up with
production operations as demand for beer
has increased." In a statement he went on
to say that the brewing and cellar
operations are now a 7 day a week labor
due to swelling orders and that Victory
cannot safely conduct both tours and
business in tight spaces.
Sorry Bill, but it's a weak move and your
reasons sound a bit disingenuous. There is
always a way to design a tour that is both
safe and does not interfere in the brewery's
daily work. Most of the world's breweries
do it, from the largest to the smallest,
despite the inconvenience. If you can't
figure it out maybe you should ask them
just how to do it. Oh, does your ending
tours also mean you've closed the
brewery's gift shop too? I didn't think so.
|It might not sound like a glamorous weekend for a craft
beer lover but Anheuser-Busch is trying to get you to
spend a weekend of adventure their home of St. Louis,
MO.,the birthplace of the country’s top-selling beers
Bud Light and Budweiser. The brewery is offering an
exteneed free tour at this historic landmark for a
firsthand view of the brewing and packaging process —
one that’s is the most automated of any brewery in the
world. It's really something to see as are the 2,000-
pound, white-stockinged Clydesdales, the iconic symbol
of Budweiser. All tours stop at the horses' stables.
For serious beer aficionados, Anheuser-Busch offers 90-
minute “Beermaster” tours ($25) that include a souvenir
glass, hat and the chance to swig back a Buds straight
out of the finishing tank. All tours finish with samples
of a few ofthe 300-plus Anheuser-Busch brands. After
the tour you can register for their newest creation "Beer
School" for an additional $10.
"Beer School" is a half-hour class that teaches you more
than you probably need to know about Bud but it offers
more beer sampling (and that's a good thing!). For more
info go to: budweisertours.com/toursSTL.htm.
|BeerNexus Readers Get Results
Beer enthusiasts are toasting the Alabama Legislature for passing a bill
that will lead to a resurgence of brew pubs and the opening of more
breweries in the state. The new law will allow brew pubs to sell their
beers through other locations and allow breweries to serve their
products at their plants.
Several issues ago we asked BeerNexus readers to sign an online
petition from the group "Free the Hops" . A substantial number of
you did your part in helping "Free the Hops" reach their goal.
"It's the biggest change in Alabama brewing laws since the repeal of
prohibition," said Gabe Harris, president of Free the Hops. His
grassroots group of beer enthusiasts has been pushing for several
years to change Alabama's beer laws. The laws were so restictive
that not one brew pubs remains in operation in Alabama because they
found it hard too turn a profit under the state's restrictive laws.
The new law does away with a requirement that brew pubs include
restaurants with at least 80 seats and that they be in historic buildings.
Now they only have to be in historic districts or areas designated as
economically distressed by city councils. In the past, they couldn't sell
their beer at any other locations but now can sell to a wholesaler, who
could offer their beer in other restaurants and retail stores.
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