Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, Plate 60Update: I went back in the early fall of 2021 to take more photos of the plant.
According to Sanborn maps, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery originally had several bottling plants before the construction of the iconic bottling plant built in the early Twentieth Century along Broadway.
By the time of construction, Bevo had become a prominent symbol of the brewery, and his likeness appears on several corners of the building.
The front of the building doesn’t look industrial, but like the entrance to a grand bank building.
The interior is immaculate, and covered in elaborate terracotta tiles that continue the Bevo theme on in the lobby.
Can you imagine this level of detail and decoration in a modern factory?
Bevo reappears with his drumstick and tankard of beer on the top of the wall.
The actual bottling floor is similarly immaculate, with new machinery of course.
The tour takes you past a series of images that show earlier incarnations of the bottling process at the brewery.