Hold the soda and pretzels, bring on the beer. The complimentary brewery tour at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, N.H., is more about the Clydesdales than the beverage, but the in-depth beermaster tour is for those of us who take our hops and barley seriously. See the malt steep and the beer ferment. Learn the difference between ale and lager. Visit the downright brisk aging cellar, and sample directly from the finishing tank. Youll gain new respect for mass-market American beer. When youre done, you can still go see the horsies. If popping the top on a cold one is your idea of beating the heat, this Buds for you. 221 Daniel Webster Highway, 603-595-1202, www.budweisertours.com. Adults $25, ages 13-20 $10. Daily through December 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. by advance reservation.
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