A special Budweiser created at the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in Columbus will hit the market later this month as part of brewer's Project 12 program.
Batch 43229 -- it's named after the Zip code -- is an amber lager brewed with chocolate and caramel malts and finished with Beechwood chips. The beer, which is 6 percent alcohol by volume, also goes by the name Beechwood Bock.
Batch 43229 will be sold in a 12-pack sampler along with Batch 94534 (North Pacific Lager) from the Fairfield, Calif., brewery and Batch 23185 (Vanilla Bourbon Cask) from the Williamsburg, Va., brewery. The sampler will be available starting Oct. 28.
Last year, the brewmasters at the 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the U.S. created "tribute" Budweiser beers as part of a friendly companywide competition known as Project 12. The 12 beers, which were named after the ZIP codes where they were made, were pared to six to take part in a summer-long public sampling. The Columbus brew made it to the final six, but didn't finish in the top three after the tastings so it wasn't released. -- until now.
"Our brewmasters are the best in the business and the quality of our brewing standards is unmatched," Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins said in a prepared statement. "Project 12 showcases our brewmasters at the top of their game, challenging them to create new recipes that stay true to the Budweiser taste profile while also introducing unique, new flavors."
Based on positive feedback last year, Anheuser-Busch introduced Budweiser Black Crown -- originally known as Batch 91406 -- as a permanent brand in its lineup.