Long ago, Anheuser-Busch used trains to move th majority of its beer between the brewery in St. Louis and the railyards in Illinois, just over the Mississippi river. They also used a network of man-made underground tunnels and natural caverns to keep the beer cool and to transport it from the brewery to nearby St. Louis Union Station.
Today the underground tunnels are long since shutterd and, it seems, soon the above gorund railway, called “the beer railroad,” will be closed too. Effectively this move closes another door in the history of innovation A-B founder Adolphus Busch began in the late 1800’s.
Progress, while important to the industry, is rarely nostolgic.
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