Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to release three new small-batch beers under the brand Budweiser Project 12 this fall -- and perhaps one of them will be "Budweiser Small Batch 43229," an amber lager designed by brewers in Columbus.
The brewmasters at the 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the U.S. created "tribute" beers as part of a friendly companywide competition. The 12 beers were pared to six to take part in a summer-long sampling effort. The three most popular -- as chosen by feedback during special sampling events -- will be included in a limited-edition sampler pack, available for purchase this fall.
Anheuser-Busch is holding private tasting events with brewmasters in August in Columbus, St. Louis, Merrimack, N.H., Baldwinsville, N.Y., Newark, N.J., Williamsburg, Va., Cartersville, Ga., Jacksonville, Houston, Fort Collins, Colo., Fairfield, Calif., and Los Angeles.
The six beers are named after the ZIP code where they are being brewed. They are:
-- Budweiser Small Batch 43229: A light-amber lager using eight different types of hops with 6 percent ABV. The beer was the brainchild of Columbus brewery general manager Kevin Lee and developed with assistant brewmasters Travis Burge and Tyler Hunter.
The beers were designed for people who enjoy Budweiser but also might want to try something new, Lee said. "Bud drinkers really appreciate Budweiser’s 'clean and crisp' taste, but are interested in trying some new styles – we hope these small batch beers, including the 'Bock' beer we did, meet these needs … it’s darker in color and has a little more alcohol. Our 43229 beer (like the others) is a refreshing beer that fits with Bud’s taste profile."
-- Budweiser Small Batch 91406 (Los Angeles): A deep-amber lager with 6 percent ABV that uses four different types of hops. The beer is brewed by brewmaster Bryan Sullivan in Los Angeles and was developed in collaboration with Scott Ungermann in Fairfield and Dave Cohen in Houston.
-- Budweiser Small Batch 63118 (St. Louis): A deep-gold 5 percent ABV American lager that uses the same types of hops (Hallertau and Tettnang) commonly used at the St. Louis brewery during the 19th century. The beer is brewed in St. Louis by brewmaster Jim Bicklein and was developed in collaboration with Katie Rippel from Fort Collins.
-- Budweiser Small Batch 23185 (Williamsburg): A light-amber all-malt bourbon cask lager aged on bourbon staves and vanilla beans and with an ABV of 5.5 percent. The beer is brewed by Daniel Westmoreland in Williamsburg and was developed in collaboration with Mike Anderson in Jacksonville and Dan Kahn in Cartersville.
-- Budweiser Small Batch 13027 (Baldwinsville): A bright golden lager brewed with six imported and domestic hops and with an ABV of 7 percent. The beer is brewed by brewmaster Nick Mills in consult with general manager Steve McCormick.
-- Budweiser Small Batch 80524 (Fort Collins): A deep-gold, filtered wheat beer with 5.2 percent ABV using lemon peel, orange peel and coriander. The beer is brewed by Katie Rippel in Fort Collins and was developed by Nick Mills in Baldwinsville, Otto Kuhn in Merrimack and Tiago Darocha in Newark.
“The key to this project was the common yeast – which is a very important and often under-appreciated contributor to the flavor and aroma of beer,” A-B Director of Brewing, Quality and Innovation Jane Killebrew-Galeski said in a prepared statement. “We are proud of all these beers – the variety and the quality – but we want consumer feedback. So, we’re looking forward to what we hear when we sample this summer. Our objective is to allow our brewmasters to show some creativity, but the beers must fit the hallmarks the Budweiser brand is respected for, such as quality and consistency, and have a very crisp and clean taste.”
The six beers also will be sampled during “Budweiser Made in America” over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. Budweiser also plans to invite its Facebook fans to sample the beers at events in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, Boston and New York City.