Friday, January 29, 2016

Budweiser Clydesdales galloping to Fairfield

(originally published in the 1/29/16 edition)

   Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium is well underway, as the nearly undefeated Carolina Panthers plan to take on Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. 
   In addition to the action on the field, there will be advertisements. Due to the NFL’s longtime relationship with Budweiser, even the most casual football fans have likely seen ads featuring the company’s majestic Clydesdale horses. And now, you do not even have to turn on your TV to see these magnificent steeds. You can see them in person at the Budweiser Brewery in Fairfield.
   The Clydesdales will be coming to Northern California for the Super Bowl and will be staying through Valentine’s Day, and they have chosen the Anheuser-Busch Fairfield Brewery and Tour Center as their temporary home. 
  “We’ve been hosting (the Clydesdales) for quite a few years now,” Jennivive Soriano, the tour center manager at the Fairfield brewery, said. “We try to get them at least once a year to come for a visit.” 
   The Clydesdales are an iconic symbol for the world-famous brewing company, dating back to 1933 when they toured America to celebrate the repeal of prohibition. They delivered beers across the company’s headquarters in St. Louis and ventured across the country, even stopping by the White House to deliver a case of Budweiser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 
   Many of the Clydesdales are raised in farms by three of Budweiser’s U.S. breweries in St. Louis; Fort Collins, Colo; and Merrimack, N.H. 
   “The hitch that is coming to visit us is a traveling hitch out of Fort Collins,” Soriano said.
   There will also be two Clydesdale Camera Days on Feb. 9 and 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. where guests will be able to pose with the horses. There will also be a daily hitch parade with eight horses and a red wagon daily from 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 11 to 14. The horses will be paraded around the visitors’ parking lot. 
   “They’ll stop, and guests will have an opportunity to talk to the handlers and take photos with the full hitch,” Soriano said.
   Soriano says the events will allow people to see the beautiful horses.
   “They are a symbol of Budweiser’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality,” she said. 

   The Clydesdales can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 3 to 14 at the Fairfield Budweiser Brewery, located at 3101 Busch Drive. The events are open to all ages. For more information, visit

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