Back in the fifties, beer-brewer Anheuser - Busch started a beer garden and a bird show at the front of its new brewery in Tampa.   It opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for the Tampa Anheuser-Busch brewery on the grounds of the manufacturing plant. Visitors could watch bird shows and animal acts in a tropical setting and before leaving the grounds entered a beer garden offering free Busch beer to drink.  Hundreds of exotic birds filled the fully interactive Bird Gardens.







 The Hospitality House and Gardens                                         


See photos of E. Anheuser and Adolphus Busch family from LIFE Magazine

Also see "Brewmasters Club"

See Anheuser and Busch descendant family tree


Chronology of past corporate leaders (President /CEO)

  Term President/CEO Born-Died Notes  
  1860–1880 Eberhard Anheuser 1805–1880 Predecessor company E. Anheuser & Co.  
  1880–1913 Adolphus Busch 1839–1913 Incorporated Anheuser-Busch in 1875  
  1913–1934 August Anheuser Busch, Sr. 1865–1934 Led the company through WW1, Prohibition and the Great Depression  
  1934–1946 Adolphus Busch III 1891–1946 Turned the company’s baker’s yeast operations into the nation’s leader  
  1946–1974 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr. 1899–1989 Became prominent sportsman as owner of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise in Major League Baseball from 1953 until his death.   See family portrait  
  1974–2002 August Anhueser Busch III 1937 Known as "Auggie" and as "The Third" or "Three Sticks" by subordinates and employees at Anheuser-Busch  
  2002–2006 Patrick Stokes 1942 First time in history of the company that a non-Busch family member ran the day to day operations, while A.A.Busch III continued to serve on the Board.  
  2006–2008 August A. Busch IV 1964 In April of 2008, Mr. Busch told beer distributors that Anheuser Busch would never be bought "on my watch." On July 13th, 2008, he signed off on the sale of Anheuser Busch to InBev, ending 150 years of family control.  
  2008– Dave Peacock   Current President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch. He was appointed by InBev to head the new subsidiary.  


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Crafting the wagon



            30 days in the "Clydesdale cooler" for horsing around                            Clyde's harness

A visit to the Clydesdale Hamlet            The team in action           History


A speedier way to deliver Bud


Gardens in the area of the Hospitality House



Macaws on lookout


Flamingo Family

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