A few weeks ago I was approached about sampling the new limited edition beers that Budweiser is offering this holiday season. I jumped at the opportunity and knew these would be perfect to bring to my friend's post-Thanksgiving get together.
The package arrived, and while I was excited about the beer, I was really excited about the sampling goodies that they sent with the beer. The slate board is going to get used quite a bit in our household =)
I'm not a huge beer drinker, but I am always excited to try new products, especially when they're from a name as big as Budweiser. The premise of this project was simple: brew masters were tasked to develop new beer recipes using the signature yeast first used by Adolphus Busch in 1876. The three beers that were chosen were named for the zip code in which they were created and boxed together in a special 12 pack. I love that they're packaged together, instead of in separate packages. This way you can buy one twelve pack to try all three flavors, instead of buying each on it's own.
I brought the beers (and the sampling set up I received) to Charlotte over Thanksgiving weekend. My friends and I were having a casual get together, so this was a great chance to get multiple opinions on these special edition beers.
Brewed with a unique blend of North Pacific hop varieties, including Cascade and Palisade, this bold, hoppy lager is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and offers a distinct taste of the American Northwest.
This one was my husband's favorite. The general consensus on this one was that the presence of the hops was very subtle. There wasn't a strong aroma and the flavor was very mild. This beer pairs well with sharp, savory foods, like garlic, cheddar, and curries. I would honestly love to make a pot of fondue with this one!
Aged on a bed of bourbon barrel staves and vanilla beans, this light amber lager indulges the sweet side and features a 5.5 percent ABV.
This one seemed to be the least favorite, but it was still drinkable. A few people commented on an aftertaste, even saying that the aftertaste had a twinge of rubbing alcohol. Despite the name, The flavor of the bourbon was barely discernible, and it was very sweet. While it wasn't the favorite of the evening, most thought that it was very drinkable. Budweiser recommends serving this with the flavors of bacon, cherry, maple & pumpkin.
Brewed with chocolate and caramel malts for a rich auburn appearance and finished on Beechwood chips for a crisp, clean taste, this deep amber lager is 6 percent ABV.
Everyone enjoyed this one as well. The overall opinion on this one was that while it was very drinkable, it didn't have the body or the taste that a bock should. The color on this one was absolutely gorgeous and I think this one would pair really well with spicy, hearty foods. I think this would be a great add-in in a pot of chili.
Try these beers while you can! They're only going to be around for a limited time.
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