Budweiser Project 12: limited-edition sampler pack coming this fall

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(St. Louis, MO) – Call it a friendly competition, one best argued over a bottle or pint.  Its name is “Project 12.” Twelve Anheuser-Busch brewmasters at Budweiser’s 12 geographically dispersed breweries worked together to create their own “tribute” beers to fit the Budweiser brand’s reputation for quality and consistencyThe assignment pays homage to Budweiser’s “clean and crisp” taste by using the proprietary yeast directly descended from the original Budweiser yeast culture used by Adolphus Busch in 1876 and still used by Budweiser today.

Through internal tasting and analysis, the 12 small-batch beers – each a lager using all-natural ingredients – were pared to six to take part in a summer-long, nationwide sampling effort. Consumer feedback will help Budweiser narrow the six beers to three for inclusion in a limited-edition sampler pack, available for purchase this fall.

“We asked our Budweiser brewmasters to each submit a beer idea in styles that consumers have shown interest in,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser. “From those 12 ideas, we narrowed it to the six best. Our brewmasters have been working in small teams this spring and early summer to perfect these six and now it’s time for consumers to let us know what they think.”

To launch the six sampler beers, private events with brewmasters are scheduled to take place in August in all 12 A-B brewery cities:  St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.Williamsburg, Va.Cartersville, Ga.Jacksonville, Fla.Columbus, OhioHouston, TexasFort Collins, Colo.Fairfield, Calif.; and Los Angeles, Calif.

Each small batch Budweiser is distinguished by the ZIP code where the beer is brewed. Among the six beers being sampled this summer and the brewmasters behind them:

  • 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 Ungermannin 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 Rippelfrom Fort Collins.

  • Budweiser Small Batch 43229 (Ohio): A light-amber lager using eight different types of hops with 6 percent ABV.  The beer is brewed in Columbus, Ohio, and was the brainchild of the brewery’s general manager, Kevin Lee and developed with assistant brewmasters Travis Burge and Tyler Hunter.
  • Budweiser Small Batch 23185 (Virginia): 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 (New York): A bright-golden lager brewed with six imported and domestic hops and with an ABV of 7 percent.  The beer is brewed in Baldwinsville, N.Y., by brewmaster Nick Mills in consult with general managerSteve McCormick.
  • Budweiser Small Batch 80524 (Colorado): 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,” said Jane Killebrew-Galeski, director of brewing, quality and innovation for Anheuser-Busch. “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.”

Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to quality and spirit of innovation are at the foundation of the company’s history and continue to be it defining characteristics.  This passion helped the company expand from a local St. Louis brewery to a leader in the industry.  Today, Budweiser’s recipe for success brings together its proud heritage and talented teams to brew, package and sell some of the most popular beers in the world.

The six sampler beers also will be sampled during “Budweiser Made in America” over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. The two-day music festival benefits United Way and will culminate following a summer of music parties in cities all across America in which Budweiser will invite its Facebook fans to experience talented local bands and artists and sample some of these news beers along with local food in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, Miami, Boston and New York City.

For more information on Budweiser’s Project 12, visit www.anheuser-busch.com/Project12.

About Budweiser 
Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters.  Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment.  Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.  The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 47.7 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers.  The company brews Budweiser and Bud Light, two of the world’s largest-selling beers.  Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years.  The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo.  For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

 

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17 thoughts on “Budweiser Project 12: limited-edition sampler pack coming this fall

  1. Hardcore Bud drinkers and hardcore craft drinkers combine to makeup probably 20% of the beer drinking public, so I suppose that this product is aimed at the other 80%?

  2. I’ll drink it. It sounds like an interesting experiment, maybe a little research into a A-B crossover brew?

  3. For me, Eurotrash beer drinker. I would love to sample all 12 and decide. Wonder who decided on the 6? Bud is tasteless crap beer to me, but Inbev might be on the right track. Regional tastes are what European beers are all about.

  4. As a homebrewer and craft beer drinker…I’m turned off a bit by beer snobs. A-B brews quality products, and more often than not, ones that are very difficult to brew well with consistency. It might not be your “cup of tea,” but that’s o.k…. no reason to slam a quality brewer. I for one am interested anytime a brewery tries something new. I, for one, like to approach new things without a preconcieved bias.

  5. I suspect that this was InBev’s idea to build credibility for their brands in the U.S. market, as well as for A-B to bring some name recognition to their individual brewers. A-B probably won’t need to advertise them much, instead relying upon their distributors and retailers to promote via point-of-sale…they’ll need to do some social network marketing to collect consumers’ feedback as to which ones are preferred if they really want to move forward with one or two of the recipes. Even if one is a hit in a handful of SMSA’s, it will bring additional volume and floor space to them.

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  8. Project Twelve, is better than the regular Budweiser by leaps and bounds. They should have thought about doing this years ago. I buy two cases at a time. That’s how good Project Twelve is. I hope that this is a permanent product and not just a promotional product!!!!!.

  9. These beers are great! What got me to try them was the 6% abv. I am not a bud fan but these are well crafted, delicious brews. I hope they keep making them.

  10. I’m an Amber Bock man. While the two ambers won’t replace Amber Bock, they are unique and very drinkable. Even though I’m not that much of a pilsner drinker, the Deep Gold was very good. I purchase more of that.

  11. My husband and I like all of them. Vanilla Bourbon Cask is a favorite. And Clyde, we are Amber Bock fans also. No. Pacific Style Lager is our least favorite.

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    I been drinking Busch Bavarian since I was 14. I’ve tried all AB products in the last 46 years. Busch tastes like beer should.

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