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“A worthwhile way to spend time in Burton”

Marston's Brewery Tour
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Owner description: Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery was founded by John Marston at Horninglow in Burton-on-Trent, where Marston's™ soon developed a reputation for producing beers of the highest quality and taste.Rival brewers from London including Manns, Crossman and Paulin, who had the Albion Brewery built in 1874, relocated to Burton to take advantage of the very individual nature of the water.Towards the end of the century, when scientists started to claim that they could recreate Burton water artificially, the London brewers decided that transport costs could be now be saved, and returned to the capital.When Mann, Crossman & Paulin left town in 1897, they left behind arguably the best brewery in town. Following the merger with the Thompson's Brewery in 1897 Marston's moved into the Albion Brewery on Shobnall Road a year later. The Albion has been described as a 'cathedral of brewing'. A prime spot in the best brewing town in the world.The Albion Brewery was 'constructed according to the most approved model of modern times'. Pleasantly situated in rural surroundings, the brewery included a big cooperage, ale stores, stables, wells, its own railways sidings, and cottages to house selected employees. Marston's™ passion for cricket and dedication to its people is evident right from the beginning of its move to the Albion Brewery, as The Burton Mail of March 11th 1899 notes, 'the directors have given the cricketers a well laid out and well appointed field in which to carry the colours of the firm to victory'.The Albion Brewery was compact, efficient, and pleasing on the eye. Barnard visited in 1888, rating it as the ninth largest in the country by output. He described how all the large mains and pipes were laid along walls or under vessels, so as not to obstruct the light or 'mar the elegance of the building'. He commented on the purity of the water, and of the beer.
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A worthwhile way to spend time in Burton”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

Since Burton on Trent is the brewing capital of England this tour is a must see. As it happens we spent a very wet afternoon at Marstons and found the tour to be interesting and informative giving an insight into the local history and also a view of brewing past and present. The staff ( particularly Ruth ) very helpful and friendly with a good understanding and delivery of the topic. Excellent value for money and a worthwhile visit.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Ian H
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Hasselt, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Why Pedigree is so good”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Having spent many an evening enjoying Marston's we were curious to see just how it was made but this tour far exceeded our expectations...
Our tour guide was able to explain the brewing process from grain to glass in layman's terms whilst we toured the historical brewery buildings, vintage equipment and the modern plant in action. Marston's are distinct in that they continue to use the traditional Burton method of brewing in barrels for their flagship Pedigree ale. Sampling the beers in the Brewery pub was a highlight where we had a go at pulling a pint ourselves.
We felt really honoured by the friendly staff working in the brewery who seemed to be always on hand to supply technical details and insights. A particular thank you goes to the very knowledgeable Brewer who's enthusiasm really shone through when explaining the scientific basis for the traditional methods.
Satisfied that the heritage of our favourite tipple is in good hands we retired to our local to boost their sales!

Visited August 2013
4 Thank AdeFearn
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East Midlands
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136 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“The best brewery tour”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

This is an insight into the brewing industry in Burton on Trent at an historic site. Nothing is rushed and questions are taken and answered without fuss. The physical tour of how pedigree is double dripped is also very enlightening. A real bonus is the tour of their bottling plant.
There is no rush to leave; you can enjoy a pint pulled at a bar and take a bottle home as well,

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Ricoh8
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good way to spend a winter afternoon in Burton”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

We booked the Marston's Brewery tour to make sure we had somewhere warm to pass the afternoon on our overnight stay in Burton and weren't disappointed. Our guide Ruth was knowledgeable without becoming to technical and as there was only one other couple for the tour on a bitterly cold Monday it was very relaxed. unfortunately Pedigree was not actually being brewed on the open brewing process until Wednesday this week and due to a problem the bottling plant was not actually running but these are chances you have to take when you book in advance and as we were able to see all the plant used it did not detract from the tour enjoyment. The ability to bring some of your 'allowance' home was also appreciated by my non beer drinking wife.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank David S
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Definitely go for the tour as they have the only unique fermentation technology in the world! Its called the Burton Union way of fermenting beer in oak barrels. The signature beer is Pedigree. must try at restaurant is the steak pie with peas.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Sweeteners
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