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Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. Courtesy photo.




Brewery Lights 

Where: Anheuser-Busch Tour Center and Biergarten, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
When: Thursday through Saturday, 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., now through Friday, Dec. 30
Cost: Admission and parking are free 
Visit: brewerylights.com and budweisertours.com




Beer and good cheer
Anheuser-Busch hosts new holiday experience

12/01/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Beer enthusiasts and anyone looking for some holiday cheer can celebrate with a new seasonal experience at the Anheuser-Busch Tour Center and Biergarten in Merrimack. The Brewery Lights, a series of ongoing festivities held at the brewery from mid-November through December, has been a yearly tradition at the Anheuser-Busch locations in Fort Collins, Colorado, and St. Louis, Missouri, but this year will be the first that the Merrimack brewery hosts the celebration. 

“Some of our other locations have had [Brewery Lights], so we decided to expand it here,” Carla Reardon, assistant tour supervisor, said. “They have been [popular], and it’s a fun way to share the holiday spirit with people in the area.” 
The experience features food and drink specials at the brewery’s newest space, The Biergarten, as well as family-friendly activities, entertainment, special events and more. The festivities take place among  thousands of holiday lights, decorations and displays which adorn the brewery, grounds and Budweiser Clydesdale stables. 
Visitors can enjoy flights and pairings with a variety of beers available at The Biergarten’s 14 brew taps, which rotate weekly. Holiday Happy Hours featuring special menu offerings and deals on drinks and selections from The Biergarten’s new expanded food menu will be held on Wednesdays, from 3 to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, from 5 to 8 p.m., with different specials each week, which will be posted on the brewery’s website. The menu includes plates like Bavarian pretzel pieces layered with cheese, bacon and garlic butter drizzle; spinach and artichoke dip served with warm tortilla chips; cream cheese-filled jalapeno poppers with a raspberry aioli dipping sauce; and meatball sliders with marinara and mozzarella cheese. There will also be s’mores kits for parties of four available for purchase ($10 each), which people can enjoy at one of the four fire pits located in The Biergarten’s outdoor space. 
An Ugly Sweater Party featuring live music by the Project Mess Band will take place on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. Updates about other Brewery Lights events including paint nights, trivia nights, karaoke nights and live music shows will be posted on the brewery’s website. 
Finally, there will be photo opportunities with a Budweiser Clydesdale on Thursdays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., during which free cocoa and popcorn may be served. 
Though the beer and nightlife events are geared toward adults, Reardon said families and kids of all ages are welcome to grab lunch or make s’mores at The Biergarten, visit with the Clydesdales or check out the holiday displays. 
“Families can come see the lights and walk down to the stables. … It looks beautiful, and we always have the Clydesdales here,” she said. “We’re definitely excited for the opportunity to showcase our property.” 





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