In St. Louis, we had two sights to see, the Arch and the Anheuser-Busch Factory. My wife wanted to see Clydesdales and I wanted to drink beer. Two days later while in Denver we thought it only fair to head out to Golden and check out the Coors factory as well. In the interest of comparative shopping, this is how the two factories face up head to head.
AestheticsAdvantage: Busch. You really feel like you are walking through a great institution rather than watching the crappiest beer on earth get processed.
Waiting Area Photo-OpAdvantage: Busch. Nobody gets out of the waiting room without taking a picture of the car.
TourAdvantage: Coors. They do a lot of good subtle selling of why their beer is the better tasting horse piss.
|Nobody takes a beer factory tour to hear about hops. They go for Free Beer. At Anheuser-Busch you are allowed two free samples as well as unlimited snacks. In addition to all the Bud and Michelob varieties, they had World Lager on tap and bottles of the fruity Bacardi malt liquors.||Coors allows for three free samples, but you have to buy snacks from a vending machine. The free flavors included Coors, Keystone, Blue Moon, and Killians as well as unlimited Coors Non-Alcoholic. They also had Zima in slushie machines. Way tasty.|
|The Busch merch leans towards tailgating accessories and slutwear. Lots of belly shirts, tank-tops and Daisy Dukes available. Seems to fit with the ||Coors had a much wider variety of apparel and accessories. We bought a Killians Red ball cap and a refrigerator magnet bottle opener.|
Clydesdales. Chicks dig the horses. See this picture to figure out why.
Golden, Colorado is a much nicer place to grab a meal and let the cheap beer buzz wear off than St. Louis.
Overall Winner: Busch
The factory is gorgeous even if the beer is crappy. We’ll have to make a trip to Milwaukee and tour the Miller factory before we declare a final winner, but Busch gives off a much better sense of history. For all you do, this Bud’s for you.
Blatant Comment Whoring™: What is your favorite factory tour?