Touring The Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Anheuser-Busch's Jacksonville brewery produces more than 125 million cases of beer each year, serving Florida, Southern Georgia and Southern Alabama markets. The Jacksonville site was selected in August of 1967. Two Clydesdales pulled a plow to break ground for construction in December of 1967.
Construction took almost two years and the first brew was finished and shipped in September of 1969. At that time, the plant brewing capacity was 1.7 million barrels per year.
Since Jacksonville's brewery establishment, there have been several expansions and bottling lines installed, increasing brewing capacity to well over 9 million barrels a year. In addition, Busch operates a 400-acre farm just north of the 600-employee brewery. There, brewery wastewater is fed into massive center pivot irrigation systems that water and fertilize the soil during growing season, producing corn, sorghum and rye grasses.