Leethebard – what a great memory you pulled up from my past – I had forgotten the little Wonder loaves of bread! We loved getting them as kids. We toured Hershey’s and the pretzel factory in Lancaster PA as well. Do you NJ people remember Becker’s Dairy Farm – the chocolate milk, the milking barn, and the mini train ride? What great afternoon drives we had that always ended with ice cream!
I certainly enjoyed the tour of the Corvette plant in Bowling Green Kentucky and the museum across the street.
Paul E. Smith
Anheiser-Busch in St. Louis was fun. Horse stables were immaculate. Beautiful grounds. Hubby enjoyed the beverage at the end of the tour.
Toured Frito-Lay in Dallas area in college. Even at that age, I was amazed by the spraying of cheese on the Cheetos.
Non-food, my favorite tour is the Longaberger Basket factory in Dresden, Ohio.
When a 4th grader (many moons past), our class toured the McDonald’s Nursery in Hampton, VA. At the end of the tour, each child was handed a small blooming colorful Lantana plant. To this day, I think it got me interested in planting flowers.
In the ’80’s, I toured the Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna Factory in Palmyra, PA. Now, that was very interesting watching the link sausages being filled and then going out to the tall skinny smokehouses. The aromas were fantastic and the finished products were plentiful for sampling. I wonder how the tour compares now. I purchase the sweet Lebanon Bologna now in presliced packages in (where else) super Walmart. Hey, I ain’t complaining!
As a kid we did a bread plant tour and a potato chip plant. As a parent with young kids we did the Calif. Hershey plant. Got to do the actual plant. That would have been in the mid – late 80s.
I’ve done the Maker’s Mark tour. It’s not a faux factory tour. Everyone sticks his finger in the fermenting mash to see what whiskey tastes like in its early stage.
My favorite was Porsche, Zell am Zell…the winery, and Jack Daniels.
Also to keep trade secrets from the competition.
R. I. P. Straub’s Eternal Tap!
That is the absolutely driest long-established beer I’ve ever tasted. Victory Prima Pils from Downingtown, PA. seems modelled at least somewhat after it.
I’ve never made it to St. Mary’s, and always wanted to go.
UnStraubbedly, Ort. Carlton in Farther Away Than Far Rockaway Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Straub Light Beer is the second-best Light American Pilsener I’ve ever tasted (the best is, alas, no longer made!). I’ve got to try it on draught at least once before I croak. No rivet.
Mark in Ohio
As a kid in the 1960s, all of the local sixth graders got to take a tour of our local [Chillicothe’s] Carrolls Potato Chips factory and watch the transformation from spuds to chips. They let us have a single warm chip coming down the conveyor belt to the bagging area and we each got a little nickel bag of chips for the bus ride back to the school along with an admonition to only buy Carroll’s chips at the store. In the 1980s they became Herr’s, but the factory is still in town.
In the 1970s, I went through the Heineken factory in Amsterdam a number of times, it was the cheapest breakfast in town: all the beer you could drink, a plate of cheeses, and your guilder admission was donated to UNICEF.
What would we ever do without you telling us what to think?!?
Mine is the Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s, PA.
I’ve done it on a Friday, and unfortunately they don’t bottle on Fridays. So this year we’ll head up for a Monday or Tuesday tour!!!
While not considered a ‘mirco’ brew, Straub only produces in a year what the big boys produce in an hour! Looking forward to the bottling portion of the tour, the woman who gave us the tour this past fall said she normally pulls a beer or two right off the line for those who want to try the freshest beer in the world. I plan on taking her up on that offer next time.
Just plain good people! Of course there is the never ending tap! I’ve been there twice, one just for a visit, and once for the tour.
Plus Clem’s BBQ is right on the way!!!!!!!!!! We’ve always made the trip on motorcycles from the DC area, and the ride is fantastic.
Busch Gardens in the San Fernando Valley years ago had free tours and bird shows.
They also had all the free beer you could drink.
Unfortunately they don’t do that anymore.
I remember going to Lockhart’s Turkey Farm and Long Meadow Dairy in early grade school. I’m from Durham, NC and they used to offer guided tours of the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company cigarette factory conducted by college girls in airline stewardess-style outfits. Unfortunately, most factories aren’t designed for tours.
The nature of my job as a State of NC Air Quality Environmental Engineer has gotten me tours in all kinds of fascinating factories, but all required me to wear safety shoes, safety glasses, ear protectors, a hard hat and sometimes an emergency escape air tank. A fellow inspector got overwhelmed by the odors and sights of a turkey proceessing plant just before Thaksgiving and ran for the Exit door, upsetting a wheelbarrow load of turkey heads. She changed jobs the next day!
Sometimes the Corporate Mentality is reversed. For years, the insides of the Kraft Cheese Plant in West Jefferson, NC was forbidden territory to all except workers. It’s successor, locally
owned, welcomes visitors.
I visited the Sprecher Beer Brewery just north of Milwaukee a couple of times, really a nice tour of a smaller brewery and has it’s own small beer garten too. Also, try the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, same as above with a great Friday night fish fry with a German band. They even have bluegills as one of the choices.
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