Free beer at Busch parks run dry

Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:56 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- There are no free lunches in life, but one could always count on free beer samples at Anheuser-Busch theme parks.

Until now.

The brewer has put the kibosh on the free beer samples at its SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego and its Busch Gardens parks in Tampa and Williamsburg, Va. The brewer plans to build restaurants, or other food-related venues, which have a broader appeal to children and families, said Fred Jacobs, vice president of communications for Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks.

"People who like beer and the hospitality of those facilities might be disappointed," Jacobs said. "This was something that had pretty narrow appeal. We were looking to expand it into something that had broader appeal."

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