Budweiser has named the three winning beers to be featured in its limited edition “Project 12” Sampler Pack. The three finalists, named for the zip code in which the beer was originally brewed, are Budweiser Batch No. 91406 lager (Los Angeles), 63118 pilsner (St. Louis) and 23185 lager (Williamsburg, Virginia). The 12-bottle sampler pack will be available beginning Oct. 29, featuring four bottles each of the winning brews. “Project 12” began earlier this spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were given the chance to create a unique brew. Six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches and then given a summer-long nationwide sampling effort where the brewmasters asked for consumer feedback to help select the final three. We’re wondering if this is Bud’s response the craft beer craze…
Craft spirits producer Philadelphia Distilling has released a new flavored whiskey offering, XXX Shine Salted Caramel Whiskey. Rolling out nationwide this month, XXX Shine Salted Caramel is made with American corn and triple-distilled, blending sweet, buttery notes with the flavor of sea salt. The 80-proof offering is priced around $25 a 750-ml. Can’t go wrong with sea salt and caramel, what flavor would you want to see?
Islay single malt Scotch whisky Bowmore is set to release what it says is the oldest Islay malt ever made available to the public, Bowmore 1957. Only 12 bottles of the 54-year-old expression are being released, with the first two set to be auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh on October 10 and in New York City on October 28, respectively. A minimum reserve of £100,000 ($161,870) has been set for each of those bottles, with all net proceeds to be donated to five Scottish charities. Two more bottles will be reserved for the Bowmore archive, and the remaining eight will be sold at the distillery for £100,000 ($161,870) each.
Pittsburgh-based La Dorita LLC — which specializes in producing small-batch dulce de leche — is launching its new La Dorita Dulce de Leche liqueur this fall. Rolling out in Pennsylvania and other select markets, La Dorita Dulce de Leche liqueur blends premium potato vodka made by Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries with La Dorita’s dulce de leche milk caramel spread. The 17%-abv offering is priced at around $27.99 a 750-ml.