BUILDING AN AMERICAN ICON
Our story begins with two German immigrants who had big entrepreneurial ambitions of bringing high-quality beers to America. Together Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch tirelessly worked to build Anheuser-Busch.
Working alongside a St. Louis bottler, Carl Conrad, Busch developed a lighter, thirst-quenching lager and called it Budweiser.
CROWNING A KING
When Eberhard Anheuser died in 1880, Adolphus became president of the Brewery. In 1901, the company broke the 1 million barrels of beer sales mark for the first time, making it one of the nation’s leading breweries.
During Prohibition, Anheuser-Busch refused to shut their doors and instead prepared by shifting to the production of non-alcoholic consumer products, like Bevo. The majority of their workers remained employed during Prohibition due to diversification.
The Clydesdales made their debut on April 7, 1933, as a gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. The world met the Budweiser Clydesdales for the first time.
A BOLD AMBITION
Following WWII, both America and Anheuser-Busch experienced an era of growth lasting into the 1960s. In 1980, Anheuser-Busch reached the 50-million-barrel mark.
And that expansion only continued with the merger of Anheuser-Busch and InBev, creating the largest brewer in the world. Today Budweiser is brewed in 63 breweries across the globe.
- Nearly 100% of our barley comes from America’s farmers.
- We’re investing billions in cutting-edge innovations.
- We are working hand-in-hand with American farmers to raise the next generation of barley.
- Our founder, Adolphus Busch, journeyed to America from Germany in 1857, determined to make his dreams come true.
- After fighting for the Union during the Civil War, Adolphus joined his father-in-law’s business, bringing big, ambitious ideas with him.
- In 1879, the company’s name was officially changed to Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. After Eberhard’s passing in 1880, Adolphus became president.
- Before Budweiser was introduced, many Americans were drinking heavy, dark ales. But St. Louis summers were hot – perfect for a palatable, crisp lager.
- Budweiser’s smoothness and drinkability were a success. Budweiser quickly became wildly popular not just in St. Louis but in America. And we’ve stayed true to the recipe ever since.
The company's name was officially changed to Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association. After Eberhard's passing in 1880, Adolphus became president.
Before Budweiser was introduced,
many Americans were drinking heavy, dark ales. But St. Louis summers were hot – perfect for a palatable, crisp lager.
and drinkability was a success. Budweiser quickly became wildly popular not just in St. Louis but in America. And we’ve stayed true to the recipe ever since.