St. Louis – That time I went to beer school

Free tours at Budweiser, and retro tram tours.

Song recommendation – Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

I find it hard to write about a place like St. Louis. It was actually a great place to be for a couple of days, mainly for its chilled out atmosphere, but also because it does have a few cool tourist attractions.

My Airbnb in St. Louis was great. It ended up being the whole top story of a three story house, in a “hip” neighbourhood, with a really good cafe literally next door (so close that I could get my Airbnb’s wifi in it). It was also only a short walk to the Anheuser-Busch factory (home of Budweiser), but I’ll get to that later.
One thing that St. Louis is known for is the Gateway Arch. What I didn’t know, but what I soon learned from an informative Uber driver, was that you can actually go inside the arch. He told me that you get on a small tram that takes you to the top, and from there you get great views of the Mississippi, and of the city below.
I didn’t know what to expect with this “tram”. I struggled to see how you would be able to use a tram to get to the top of the very large arch, but I can now confirm that it really is a thing.

It reminded me of something you might see on The Jetsons. You are in these small pods, with four other people and the “tram” cars slowly ascend, initially in a zigzag motion, till you finally make it to the viewing platform at the top.
Moving back to the Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) factory. I found out (also from an Uber driver) that they offered a free brewery tour, which included one free sample drink, and another free full sized drink. I took advantage of this offer, and also did the Beer school tour, where I learnt the four S’s of tasting beer: sight, swirl, smell, sip.
The start of the tour still humors me (there were only three of us).
“So what sort of  beer do you like?” said the guide, looking at the three of us.
“Stout,” said the first guy.
“Cider,” said the second guy. Hold on a second. . . since when was cider a beer? ? ?
“I like cider. . .” I said slightly confused “but IPA’s are good too”.
I am not a huge beer drinker, so I just said the first sort of beer that popped into my head. I just wanted to sound legit. I felt so smart, until I actually had the IPA. Not. A. Fan.

Turns out they had a cider to taste too :).

I returned to my Airbnb a beer connoisseur. I spent the night trying to get Hamilton songs out of my head and then departed St. Louis for Bozeman, Yellowstone Country.

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