Sept 18 (Reuters) - Budweiser said Tuesday it will launch three limited-edition beers in the United States next month named for the zip codes of the places where they were developed, as its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev SA seeks to boost sales of domestic beers.
The beers, named for zip codes in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Virginia, are the winners of a project begun in the spring, when Budweiser asked for 12 recipes from its brewmasters. Of the 12, six were chosen to be brewed in small batches.
Those six were tasted by thousands of consumers at dozens of events over the summer, and the winners were chosen from their feedback.
The beers will be available starting Oct. 29, in a 12-bottle sampler package.
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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 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 manager Steve 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.