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Friday, September 29, 2006

GABF: Anheuser-Busch Hosts Reception

Anheuser-Busch welcomed guests to the 27th floor of the Hyatt in downtown Denver just prior to the opening of the Great American Beer Festival on Thursday. The view was spectacular from the venue and attendees had a chance to get tastes of an amazing range of beers that the makers of Budweiser have unleashed on the market.

Two of the more interesting offerings are holiday seasonal beers under the Michelob Celebrate brand. One is an Oak Vanilla, while the other is Chocolate. According to A-B Staff Brewer Nathaniel Davis, the Celebrate Vanilla is a 10 percent alcohol by volume brew that uses milled fresh vanilla beans. The Celebrate Chocolate is 8.5 percent alcohol by volume. Both beers are finished in used Bourbon barrels. According to Davis, A-B uses barrels that were originally heavily toasted so that they impart a deep and rich flavor to the beers. Of the two, the Oak Vanilla was my favorite and would be a perfect holiday dinner dessert brew.

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