Budweiser Tour in Fort Collins (always free)
The Budweiser tour in Fort Collins ranks right up there with the Coors tour in the battle of the Colorado beer tours. Anheuser-Busch has offered very professional and detailed tours of their Fort Collins brewery for many years and the popularity continues to grow.
The tour begins with a walk outside from the tour center to the brewhouse, beginning with the areas where Budweiser and Bud Light are produced. In the brew house you make various stops as your tour guide provides information on how the beer brewing process works. You will also watch a short film about the history of Anheuser Busch, and you will view an exhibit showing all of the products they make.
The brew house tour finishes at packaging, where you will watch the dramatic flood of Budweiser cans and bottles rush by on the production line.
The tour finishes with a quick stop at the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses. You are then led into the hospitality center where you can pay $5 for beer samples (this was free in the past, but has changed). There is an indoor area with tables and pretzels or you can take your beers to the outdoor patio. When you are finished with your drinks you can revisit the Clydesdale hamlet and walk around the gardens at your leisure.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Schedule:
October 1 - May 31
Thursday through Monday: 10 am - 4 pm
June 1 - September 30
Daily: 10 am - 4 pm
Location: If you head north on I-25, just past Fort Collins, you can't miss the huge Budweiser brewery on your left. Take exit 271. Signs will direct you to the parking area for the tours.
Having been on both the Coors and Budweiser tours, I have to tell you that the Budweiser tour is MUCH better than the current Coors tour. The Coors tour was better in the past, but recent changes have really reduced the quality compared to the Bud tour. So if you like beer, don't miss the Anheuser Busch Budweiser Beer Tour.