Last Saturday, November 1st, we visited with the beautiful Clydesdale horses at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery located on 221 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The first Saturday of every month from June through December is Clydesdale camera day. The last opportunity this year will be December 6th from 1:00 – 3:00pm.
They invite you to bring your camera and pose for a photo with a world-famous Budweiser Clydesdale. These “gentle giants” have been an Anheuser-Busch symbol of tradition since the first Clydesdale hitch and red beer wagon paraded to celebrate the end of Prohibition in 1933.
After visiting with “Chip” the Clydesdale, we took the kids on a tour of the brewery. They were fascinated with all of the big, shiny equipment and the talk about the manufacturing process. My older son particularly liked being in the 80-degree Mashing Process Room and then quickly descending into the 45-degree Primary Fermentation Room.
Quality, tradition and a century-old reputation for brewing the world’s finest beers have made the Tour a favorite among New Hampshire visitors. And of course, the chance to see the legendary Budweiser Clydesdale’s up close adds to the fun. In one hour, we learned about the slow, natural brewing process Anheuser-Busch has been using for more than 100 years. The tour is highlighted by historical displays and Anheuser-Busch memorabilia that reveal important stages of progress along the way to becoming the world’s largest brewer. The tour and visit with the Clydesdale horses is offered free of charge.