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Marston's Brewery Tour

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Address: Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 2BG, England
Phone Number: +44 1283 507391
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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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See the history, smell the process and taste the products - perfect.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

First went here when I was only 10 which was many years ago and this year took my 10 year old daughter,she and myself thought what a great place with lots to do

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

A very nice tour around the brewery, with a very detailed story of the brewing history of Marstons, along with a lot of insight to the actual process of the beer from raw material to nice tasty beer. On top of that a very nice tasting in the end of the tour where the products you have seen in production... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Our tour guide, Alice, provided us with a tremendous amount of brewery-related knowledge. I found the information fascinating and very enlightening. The host was friendly and engaging together with a great enthusiasm for her subject. We had a grand tour of the building followed by a tasting session in the bar. The beer was excellent and concluded a very worthwhile... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Wonderful, an enjoyable afternoon in the company of a tour guide who knew all about her brewery. Enjoyed a drink afterwards and as driving was able to take two bottles home with us.do this tour rather than national brewery tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Went on a tour and enjoyed a few pints afterwards. Tour is miles better than brewing center. Authentic, honest tour with all questions answered and a good insight into the economics and market forces in beer. Clearly, Marston has a great future as long as it listen carefully to its customers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

We chose a mooring for our narrowboat right outside the brewery yard and walked just over 100metres to the main gate. Alice gave us an excellent tour and was a mine of information. All the processes were understandable and interesting - just like old style home-brew only on a rather large scale. Thoroughly recommended visit when passing on a canal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Excellent tour. Alice, the tour guide was superb, so informative and enthusiastic, We learned such a lot about beer and brewing. It was wonderful to see the Pedigree beer being brewed in the traditional way. Well done Marstons for preserving our nations heritage. Beer samples were delicious,!

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