5 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In St. Louis
St. Louis was once home to many factories that were more industry than art. Now we have a whole new generation of crafts people, creating amazing things here in St. Louis. You can take a tour of many of these places, and watch the magic of the process firsthand – and sample the creations too. Some of these tours are completely free. Check out this list to plan your a fun tour-based outing.
1. Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier
Taking a tour is always fun, taking a tour where you get to sample handmade fine chocolate is amazing. Bissinger's offers five different tours of their chocolate factory, including a private tour and a wine and chocolate pairing tour. All tours are held at 1600 North Broadway, and all tours must be scheduled in advance.
Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier Tours - 1600 North Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri 63102
2. Anheuser Busch Brewery
Only in St. Louis can you tour one of the oldest and largest breweries in the world. There are many different types of tours offered here — all include a history of the buildings of Anheuser Busch Brewery, a beer tasting, and a chance to see the iconic Clydesdales.
Anheuser Busch Brewery - 1200 Lynch St, St. Louis, MO 63118
Learn how Herbaria creates their incredible soap products with a free tour of their process, which is less factory and more beautiful kitchen lab. You will learn about the ingredients, how soap is cut and packaged, and learn about the history of bathing too.
Herbaria - 2016 Marconi Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
4. Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.
Kaldi's offers Cupping Classes that are followed by a short tour of their coffee roasters. Cupping is an insider's coffee term meaning to taste the coffee for evaluation. You will learn how that process works and get to sample some of the best coffee in the country. Reservations for classes are required.
Kaldi's Roastery - 3983 Gratiot, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
5. Third Degree Glass Factory
Third Degree Glass Factory is open to the public every third Friday of each month. You will watch as glass is being fired, twisted, and blown. Each month offers different aspects of the glass creation process and it is always free. Food and drinks are available for purchase, as are handmade glass art pieces. Third Degree Glass Factory also offers private tours and facility rentals for special occasions.
Third Degree Glass Factory - 5200 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Taking a tour is a great way to learn more about how your favorite things are created. And a chance to meet all of the hard working people who take pride in offering the best products. Have you taken any of these tours, have any tips or advice to share? Please do in the comments below.
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