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Bud and Beam Team Up for Black Lager

Second limited-time collaboration offers 7.1% ABV
Photograph courtesy of Anheuser-Busch

ST. LOUIS — Budweiser and Jim Beam Bourbon have teamed up again to create Budweiser Reserve Black Lager, a limited-supply beer with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 7.1%. This specialty beer marks the second collaboration between Budweiser and Jim Beam, joining Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager.

Budweiser Reserve Black Lager is aged on six-year Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves for a bolder taste than regular Budweiser, according to the company. Black Lager boasts a dark auburn color, an oaky aroma with coffee and chocolate notes, a toasted malt taste and a smooth finish.

“Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager proved that when Budweiser and Jim Beam collaborate, good things happen,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing core and value brands for Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis. “For the second collaboration between Bud and Beam, we wanted to brew something unique that would excite both beer lovers and bourbon aficionados. Budweiser Reserve Black Lager is a bold, bourbon-forward beer that’s perfect for the holidays.”

Budweiser Reserve Black Lager is available nationwide October through December, while supplies last. Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, initially launched this past spring, is available nationwide through March 2020. Copper Lager is brewed with two-row barley and aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves to create a toasted oak aroma and nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes, according to A-B.

Both brews will be available in stubby glass bottles across the country. Black Lager will also be available in a premium 22-ounce bomber bottle gift box.

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