Anheuser-Busch InBev has expanded the number of test markets for its Select 55 beer brand in the US.

From next month, the brewer will increase the number of markets by a further 12, on top of the initial 15 that the brand was introduced into on 10 August, the company confirmed today (8 September).

Anheuser-Busch InBev said the move is in a bid to "learn more" and "get a broader read on a proposition for the brand".

The St-Louis-based unit of the blobal brewer said it wants to do more testing before it makes a decision about a national launch.

Select 55, which is named after the amount of calories it contains, targets men and women between the ages of 25 and 49. The drink has 2.4% alcohol by volume.

The expansion is expected to take place in phases through October and November. To date testing is taking place in markets such as; Green Bay in Wisconsin, Tampa and Orlando in Florida, San Diego, Dallas and Arizona.

Additional areas to be tested include parts of Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and Ohio.