A-B InBev will look to test Montejo in the US this year

A-B InBev will look to test Montejo in the US this year

Anheuser-Busch has confirmed it plans to test launch the Mexican lager brand Montejo in the US later this year. 

In a statement to just-drinks today (4 June), Ryan Garcia, A-B's regional marketing VP said: “We anticipate bringing Montejo... to select US test markets this fall.” The company said more details will be released on the launch in “late summer”. 

Garcia described the 4.5% abv pilsner as a “smooth, authentic Mexican beer”. The beer was acquired by Grupo Modelo in 1979, having first been launched in 1960 in south-east Mexico. It originated in the city of Merida, in the Yucatán peninsula. 

A-B InBev took control of the brand, among others, a year ago after it completed a US$20bn deal to acquire Modelo

The Mexican brewer's flagship beer, Corona Extra, has been adopted by A-B InBev as one of its “global” brands, alongside Budweiser and Stella Artois. 

A shortage of Corona is expected in the UK due to glass supply issues, the brewer warned last month