End of an Era: Jax's Anheuser-Busch's Brewery Tour
Since its opening, Anheuser-Busch has offered free guided tours to anyone willing to drop by to explore their Jacksonville brewery. However, these days are coming to an end. On December 23, the brewery will end tours of the facility and close its associated gift shop permanently. With that in mind, here's a photographic behind-the-scenes tour of the Jacksonville brewery permanently being archived for Jaxsons to have free access too.
Photos: A tour inside Jax’s Anheuser-Busch Brewery
5. A roof deck view of the 1.4 million square foot brewery’s operations. The brewery’s brewing capacity was 1.7 million barrels per year when it opened in 1969. Today, its brewing capacity is well over 9 million barrels a year, making it AB’s 3rd largest US brewery behind AB’s St. Louis and Houston locations.
9. To ensure consistency, every day at 3:00pm, every product produced in the brewery is sampled by staff. In this room batches of water, fermenters, chip beer, filtered beer and packaged beer are sampled.
10. In addition, the brewery flies a sample of its product to St. Louis for a 3:00 pm quality control test by expert brew masters. Only samples deemed perfect are cleared for bottling. It’s the final step in a series of five separate quality control checks.