*Disclosure: We were invited by the Budweiser Brewery to visit for the celebration of National Beer Day and the 85th Anniversary of the Clydesdale Horses. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. I’m proud to be working with Budweiser. I have not been compensated in any other way.*Our family recently had the pleasure of visiting the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH to celebrate National Beer Day. I know that you are probably thinking that this is not really a family-friendly place. That was my thoughts at first too. But I was definitely wrong. We all had a great time and it is definitely family friendly!When we arrived, I was immediately in love with the exterior. It reminded me of a little cottage in Germany. Very cool! It is called the Biergarten and it houses both the gift shop and the café.Our 1st stop was the gift shop. Since that is always the most important part of any activity for our kids. The brewery tour is free and it starts in the gift shop. After browsing for a few minutes in the gift shop, we started the tour.I truly thought my kids would have no interest, but they loved it! It really kept their interest and they were very attentive listeners. The tour lasts about 30 minutes and takes you through the process from grain to bottling.
At the end of the tour, there is an awesome tasting room.
There are tables and chairs, comfy couches, even a basketball shooting game for the kids.Adults can taste 2 samples from a pretty diverse selection and the kids get unlimited soda. We had a great time just hanging out in there for a bit with our tasty samples.
Cheers!For our next stop, we hit the café for some lunch. We had the Warm Bavarian Pretzel and Chili Nachos for appetizers. They were both great. I must admit, pretzels are my favorite. They were so warm and soft and delicious. You can choose 2 of their 6 different dipping sauces.
My husband had the Hamlet Sandwich which was a big hit. Very tender pulled pork that was full of flavor.The kids got a Mini Cheese Pizza kids meal and a Ceasar Salad. I got the Chicken Caprese sandwich. All of the food was great. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything you choose.
Now that we all had full bellies, we headed back to the gift shop of course for the kids to make their final purchases. They chose some playing cards and beautiful pictures of their Clydesdale horses. My husband picked up a growler of blueberry beer which he tasted in the tasting room and loved.On to our favorite part of the day. We visited when they were celebrating the 85th anniversary of their gorgeous horses.We got to pet and take an up close and personal picture with Victor, an amazing 15-year-old Clydesdale. Gianna immediately fell in love. He was so gentle and sweet despite his size, which by the way is enormous! They definitely do not look as big in pictures as they do in real life. To put it into perspective for you, my husband is 6’2” and Victor towered over him.The horses were definitely the highlight of the day for us. We really are true animal lovers so this was right up our alley.