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Have you heard about Bud Dubbel?

The SessionHow excited must the people at Anheuser-Busch be about the advent of The Session?

Certainly they must have been disappointed that nobody blogged about Bare Knuckle Stout for the first round of The Session.

Apparently they don’t want to be left out again.

Is it coincidence that Alan McLeod has chosen dubbels as the topic for April 6 and A-B seems to be brewing a beer to that style?

They are. Really. OK, we won’t be looking for it before April 6. Instead of pretending they did it for us it’s time to remove tongue from cheek (thus making it easier to properly taste beer).

Miller’s Brew Blog reports that A-B filed a certificate of label approval application with the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for three new beers under the Faust banner. Of course that doesn’t guarantee anything, particularly widespread distribution.

The beers are Faust Belgian Style Dubbel (7% abv), Faust Dortmunder Style Lager (5.5%), and Faust Early American Pilsner (5%). (And how about a collective hmmm for that last one?) The brands are attributed to the Beechwood Brewing Group.

The SessionA-B first created a Faust beer for the Oyster House and Restaurant, naming it for its owner, A. E. Tony Faust (best friend of brewery founder Adolphus Busch). In the 1990s the brewery experimented with a series of specialty beers called American Originals. These included American Hop Ale and a golden colored lager called Faust.

The Brew Blog has a long list of other A-B products recently killed or possibly in the works, but these Faust beers look the most interesting.

Even if the Dubbel isn’t in time for what Alan’s calling the “Son of Session.”

7 Responses to Have you heard about Bud Dubbel?

  1. SteveH March 22, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    My share of the hmmm points to the “Faust” moniker. Didn’t he sell his soul to the Devil? Uh – oh…


  2. Jeff Renner March 22, 2007 at 12:10 pm #

    “and Faust Early American Pilsner (5%). (And how about a collective hmmm for that last one?)”

    Hmmmmm indeed! All of these years I’ve been flogging for a Classic American Pilsner to be brewed commercially. It would be fantastic to have one, and I know that if they put their mind to it, no one could do it better.

    Now if only they really do it and don’t pull their punches.

    Jeff R
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  3. Lew Bryson March 22, 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    Damn! I KNEW I should have opened those links to the beer names. A-B, a dubbel? That’s nothing short of amazing.

    But they can’t be surprised that no one blogged about Bare Knuckle Stout. Hell, just try to FIND it.

  4. Loren March 23, 2007 at 7:25 am #

    A little birdie told me he tried these at an A-B conference recently and all 3 were OK. The Dubbel being the best of the lot. We shall see…


  5. Bostonbeerman (Jim Olson) March 30, 2007 at 8:55 pm #

    A-B is trying to infiltrate our beer geekdom. Here’s to Beer is on the back of this month’s BeerAdvocate. Pretty sad.

  6. snekse April 5, 2007 at 11:06 pm #

    The Bare Knuckle Stout isn’t bad at all. I wish I could find it in Omaha.

  7. hiikeeba April 14, 2007 at 6:22 am #

    I don’t mind if A-B invades beer geekdom. As long as it’s good beer, I’ll try it. Like other folks here, the Classic pilsener sounds intnteresting.

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