Named for the zip codes where they’re brewed, the six finalists are being sampled nationwide this summer.
Twelve Anheuser-Busch brewmasters at Budweiser’s 12 geographically dispersed breweries have worked together to create their own “tribute” beers to fit the Budweiser brand’s reputation for quality and consistency as part of “Project 12.”
The 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 narrowed down to six that will 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. “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, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Fort 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% 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% 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.