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Free beer is back at Busch Gardens for its 60th anniversary

The park offered the perk for 50 years when it was owned by Anheuser-Busch and ended the promotion in 2009.
Guests over age 21 can receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit  starting Jan. 1 at Busch Gardens. The year-long promotion is part of the parks’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Photo courtesy Busch Garden
Guests over age 21 can receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit starting Jan. 1 at Busch Gardens. The year-long promotion is part of the parks’s 60th anniversary celebration. Photo courtesy Busch Garden
Published Jan. 2, 2019

The new year brings free beer back again at Busch Gardens, as part of the theme park's 60th anniversary celebration.

It is based in the park's roots, when it opened in 1959 as a beer garden that had bird shows and promoted the products of its then-owner Anheuser-Busch.

For all of 2019, the park's Garden Gate Cafe and Serengeti Overlook Pub will give out hearty 7-ounce samples of rotating lineup of beers. Two per person, just like it did for 50 years.

RELATED: How we scored more than 2 free beers from Busch Gardens back in the day.

The perk ended in 2009 after the Blackstone Group bought SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. There was a brief reprieve last summer when both parks offered free beers just for the summer.

SeaWorld Entertainment, the park's parent company, reported a nearly 5 percent gain in revenue and attendance last summer, resulting in a surge for the company's stock. Many industry analysts credited the free suds with playing a part in the company's impressive increases in season pass sales and per capita spending.