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Marston's Brewery Tour

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Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
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Expanding from his already successful malting business, the first brewery...

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.

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I promised my wife a romantic mid-week break and what better could a man do than book a Marston's Brewery tour. Our tour guide was Alice who was superb. She had run her own pub... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Interesting to see the workings of a major brewery, both old technology and current, modern equipment. Our guide ( sorry don't know her name) was really very good - very knowledgable but also most enthusiastic about both brewing, and Marstons which is good to see In truth there is not too much to see and the tour only lasts around... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

I promised my wife a romantic mid-week break and what better could a man do than book a Marston's Brewery tour. Our tour guide was Alice who was superb. She had run her own pub and had a great knowledge of brewing and keeping good beer at its best. My wife was overcome by the experience. Well done Alice!!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Took the brewery tour earlier today and found it immensely interesting and great value as it also included three glasses of excellent beer. The brewing process was explained from start to finish with displays of each stage as it happens. Our guide, Alice, was friendly and extremely knowledgable consistently fielding all of our questions. I would thoroughly recommend this tour... More 

Thank JMBRAB1234
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Took my cousin and his wife to Marstons Brewery Tour . It was really interesting, you can wander round on your own but our guidedtour was excellent. Never realised how many every day expressions are related to the brewing industry. The entry includes tickets for sampling various brews at the end of the tour.We stayed on for Sunday lunch and... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Excellent tour around the old and new areas of the Marston's Brewery, including the union room. We learnt a lot about the beer making process from our knowledgeable guide, and it was nice to see the areas where brewing actually takes place. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the workers stories from over the years. The samples at the end of... More 

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

Myself & a friend had this tour on Monday morning.Our host Alice was very knowledgeable,and made our visit unforgetable,it was much better than we anticipated,I have been a licensee in the past & was most impressed by the whole visit,& felt I learnt something

Thank NVJackson
stratford on avon
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

A group from Dene Valley U3A made this our Christmas trip and we were not disappointed. Meryl our guide was knowledgeable, witty and great fun. Great value for money and of course ended sampling the products and a good meal in visitor centre. All 17 of us enjoyed the day and would recommend it irrespective if you are a beer... More 

Thank geoffangler
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

The best factory tour ever - with a knowable guide, lots of opportunities to see what's going on and ask questions, and finally a selection of beers to taste or take away. It was impressive to see how many different beers they brew in one place

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

During our canal holiday we stopped here (a 5 minute walk from the canal). A great tour, lots of information delivered by an enthusiastic and passionate lady who had a good patter. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

My wife and I spent a nice couple of hours with Alice who was a friendly and very knowledgeable guide. The brewery was at the heart of the community and you really got a feel for beer making traditions and how the brewery has adapted to stay successful. I had some nice tasters and took some home to enjoy. Well... More 

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