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Jan 31, 2011 04:56 AM

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Attended the mohegan sun wineferst this past weekend (do not judge me, free tickets meant free mediocre beer, not a BAD deal!) anyways, between the kegs for Shocktop and landshark was this winter cask ale. I was not very hopeful but to my surprise I was pleasantly surprised. When my face lit up with surprise the distributor said "hey we have a ton of money so we can make anything we want" gotta say I am glad they are starting to put their funds to some good use.
Has anyone else out thee tried it and if so what where your thoughts

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  1. I look forward to this beer every year. It is consistently wonderful.

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    1. re: Pylon

      Ahh glad to hear you enjoy it as well! I think just putting the words Annheiser Busch (sp) on the post deterred people from checking it out. But hey I cant argue with my palate, I think it is great! Do you know if they bottle and distribute it? Obviously I had it from a keg and not had a chance to get to a package store recently to try and find it.

      1. re: askeenan

        It may technically be AB, but it's bottled under the Michelob label. Whatever it takes to scare people off, though. More for me.

        It is sold in 6s, at least in the STL area, each winter. This year it was hard to find and I only wrangled a pair of 6s. I later found out that they only produced about 100 cases, and a full third of those went to one store in STL. Where my brother in law works. And he didn't mention is until they were gone.

        I still haven't forgiven him.

        1. re: Pylon

          I'm not sure what they've done since the Inbev deal, but before that, AB had spun some of the specialty stuff under the Michelob Brewing Co, a separate unit which I believe operated out of the pilot plant at the St Louis brewery.

          1. re: Pylon

            Thanks for filling me in! So i guess it does not look good for me trying to snag a couple of cases :( Go figure

            1. re: Pylon

              "They only produced about 100 cases, and a full third of those went to one store in STL."

              I'm having a hard time believing A-B-InBev - the world's largest brewing company - brewed a commercial release in such a small quantity - that'd be an under 8 barrel batch, smaller than some brewpubs. This has, in previous years, been a national release and I saw bottles advertised for sale at a neighborhood bar in Mercer County NJ yesterday. A look at one of the beer rating sites, Beer Advocate, and it looks like there's a good 50 reviews of this years' batch.

              Both seem unlikely if less than 70 cases made it out of St. Louis.

              1. re: JessKidden

                Might have been the 100 that were specifically for STL, but I can attest to the fact it was impossible to find in this market.

                1. re: JessKidden

                  5 cases of it is sitting at my local beer store in Waltham MA as of yesterday - only 25 cases left to account for. ;-)

                  1. re: LStaff

           saw them there and didn't buy them?

                    1. re: LStaff

                      Great news! I am in ct so I may just start calling around and head up to Ma for a beer run. I certainly would like to get my hands on some, I was at the blues brew and barbecue this weekend at sea world and it was not there which given the a-busch relationship I thought I may get lucky. Unfortunately there were no standouts of the sixty brews they offered! At least nothing that I was impressed by!

                      1. re: askeenan

                        I believe AB Inbev sold Sea World.

                        1. re: Jim Dorsch

                          Was at discovery cove today and it was all budweiser products and the sinks had the a-b in scripted on the faucets. Hmm so now I am wondering. Guess I have some googling to do.

                          1. re: askeenan

                            from Anheuser-Busch's website:

                            "Busch Entertainment Corporation is now known as SEA WORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT. It is an independent company and is no longer affiliated with Anheuser-Busch InBev."

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                            1. re: JessKidden

                              Hmm so that's strange because during the shamu show tonight they referenced annheiser busch as a partnerin conservation or something but clearly mentioned A -B. And unfortunately the parks only seem to carry Bud, b light , and lime etc.

                              1. re: askeenan

                                I would assume the sale contained a clause along the lines of AB being the beverage partner for a specified number of years. Not uncommon.

            2. I've yet to have a bad "bourbon" beer.

              1. So i posted this all the way back in January and now it is April. I still had not found this cask ale anywhere in my limited travels. I walk up the street, .02 miles from my home, literally a stone throws away and what to my astonishment do I find. an entire case of it. better yet it was on clearance as they were trying to clear it out for spring. Amazing!!!!

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