If you’ve ever wanted to see the Budweiser Clydesdales in action, they’ll make a trek down the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, Jan. 30, to mark the opening of Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the eight-team troupe with its red, white and gold beer wagon in tow march down the Strip to lead representatives from Caesars Entertainment and Anheuser-Busch, who will tap the first keg of beer at the event.
The 10,000-square-foot deck of Beer Park overlooks the Strip with an outdoor grill, picnic tables and more than 100 draft, can and bottle beer selections. Of those, 36 will be on tap.
Concession-style dishes make the menu, some prepared on a custom-made Budweiser beechwood grill. Beer Park plans to be open daily from lunch to late night.
That horse-drawn beer wagon got its start when August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch Sr. with a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
Now eight horses typically appear, each a gelding at least four years of age, standing 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature. Each Clydesdale weighs between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.
Some interesting facts, via Budweiser:
Each horse eats between 20 and 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day.
Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo., house the Clydesdales.
Ten horses are typically transported along with the beer wagon on three 50-foot tractor-trailers.
Beer wagon drives steer the horses using 40 pounds of lines that combined with the pull creates a weight of more than 75 pounds.
Each harness made brass, patent leather and stitched with linen and collar weighs about 130 pounds.
The Clydesdales tend to have short names such as Duke, Captain, Mark and Bud.
Those horseshoes worn by the Clydesdales measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.
Dalmatians joined the team in the 1950s. They tend to sit next to the driver.