Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights Display Opens November 20

Anheuser-Busch's iconic brewery on the southern edge of Soulard is a destination for St. Louisans and visitors alike year-round, but each Holiday season, the brewing giant takes things up a notch with their holiday lights display. This year, the annual St. Louis Brewery Holiday Lights Display opens tomorrow night, November 20th.

This year, the 29th for the event, Brewery Lights activities will be held every Thursday-Sunday from 6-9 pm during the season. That season runs from Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Here's a listing of things happening during each night of the event, taken from the brewery website:

  • Walking Tour– Guests of all ages can soak in the holiday spirit on a self-guided walking tour of the brewery grounds to view dazzling lights along Pestalozzi St. and topping the iconic brewery buildings (complimentary).
  • Beer Sampling– Guests age 21 and older can sample their favorite beers along the walking tour route, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Stella Cidre, Shock Top Shockolate and Bud Light Lime Ritas (complimentary).
  • S’mores Station– Warm, cozy fire pits for roasting s’mores (s’more kits $2.50 each).
  • Biergarten Buffet– A buffet of Biergarten favorites offers a dinner experience surrounded by festive lights and decorations ($10 adults; $8 youth).
  • Holiday Cheer Pass– Pose for a souvenir photo in a themed snow globe or with a Budweiser Clydesdale and take home a print plus a commemorative sampling glass ($10).
  • The Biergarten Package– Enjoy the best of food and fun with access to The Biergarten Buffet, a commemorative sampling glass, printed photo and s’mores kit ($22.50 adults; $10 youth).
  • Fire Pit Fun– Reserve a fire pit for a relaxing, private experience with seating for eight people, eight s’mores kits and wait staff service (3 hours, $75).
  • VIP Clydesdale Photo Opportunity– Families or friends can enjoy dinner for four in The Biergarten, a 15-minute private photo session with a Budweiser Clydesdale in the historic Clydesdales stables, two holiday ornaments, and one print and digital copy of their photo – perfect for that holiday card ($200; limited availability on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m.)
I was lucky enough to get to sample the new menu at The Biergarten the other night and talk with chef Travis Odle. The food on the menu, like the Butternut Squash soup, was fantastic and Odle seemed quite excited about his restaurant's role in this year's festivities. His buffet should be top-notch and steal at $10. The temperature inside the heated tent was nearly as perfect as the Bavarian pretzels with Bass Ale Cheddar dip. 

The staff was excited about all of the decorations going up and there was talk of a beach scene as well as a snowy area for snowball fights going in on the grounds.

For more Holiday lights displays around St. Louis, check out this post.

(Photo Credit: Anheuser-Busch)