The sampler Project 12 pack hitting US shelves later this month

The sampler Project 12 pack hitting US shelves later this month

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reignited its 'Project 12' initiative with the launch of three new small-batch beers. 

The scheme, which last year led to the launch of Budweiser Black Crown, will see “sampler” bottle packs with the three beers hit US shelves at the end of this month, the company said today (8 October). The idea of the scheme is to allow Budweiser's 12 brewmasters to experiment with new flavours, while staying "true to the Budweiser taste profile," the company said. Three beers were chosen out of the 12 produced, based on consumer feedback. 

The new beers, named for the ZIP code where they are brewed, are:

- Batch 94534 (Fairfield, California): a 5.5% abv “bold, hoppy lager”, brewed with Cascade and Palisade hops 

- Batch 23185 (Williamsburg, Va.): A “light, amber” 5.5% abv lager aged on a bed of bourbon barrel staves and vanilla beans

- Batch 43229 (Columbus, Ohio): A “deep, amber” 6% lager brewed with chocolate and caramel malts and finished on Beechwood chips

"The initial response from beer drinkers has been overwhelmingly positive," said Pete Kraemer, Anheuser-Busch's head brewmaster.   

Last year, the Brewers Association accused global beer companies of trying to “blur the lines” between their products and "genuine" craft beers.