Traveling Tuesday: Grant’s Farm – St. Louis

One of the most striking aspects of a visit to St. Louis is the overarching prevalence of Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser.  As much as we like to poke fun at the macro-brewers, it’s easy to forget that they are very important parts of their communities.  They sponsor community events, do charitable work, and provide a ton of jobs.  Just as with P&G in Cincinnati, even if you don’t like aspects of the company, you can’t deny that they do a lot of positive things in the community and have a significant economic impact on the region.

One of the more interesting contributions that AB makes in St. Louis is owning and operating Grant’s Farm.  The historic farm was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant, and it is right next to a National Historic Site.  The farm complex is free to the public and is filled with activities for families.  It’s clearly a great service to the community, even if it kind of feels a little like company propaganda.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…it’s just…well, kind of strange.

Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser branding permeates the farm.

Visitors start with a tram ride through the farm to see all the animals, including these impressive buffalos.

Feed the baby goats in the petting zoo area!

Notice that one of the elephant’s “toys” is a half-barrel keg.  A few minutes later, the elephant gored the keg.  True story.

The farm has a beautiful beer garden.  There is food for sale, and the beer is FREE.  A little extra incentive to take your kids for a day out, right?

Believe it or not, this was the first time we had ever petted a camel while drinking a beer.

Of course, no trip would be complete without visiting the up-and-coming Clydesdales.

 *Thanks to our friends and hosts, Jack and Alicia, for taking us on this delightful field trip!

 -John (#13) and Erin (#102)