The Bud post below reminds me: I had a positive encounter with an Anheuser-Busch brew at a different world cup — the 2006 World Beer Cup, held recently in Seattle.
At the pre-gala dinner awards tasting, a staggering international selection of beer sat picked over and popped open.
An unmolested magnum caught my eye. I asked the guy in the tux manning one of the iced-down beer tubs to break the seal and unlock the cage on Budweiser’s big black bottle.
Anheuser-Busch calls Brew Masters Private Reserve 2005 “a symphony of character.”
At 8.5 percent alcohol by volume, I envisioned a bottleful of Beethoven … in a beater.
I took a cold slug.
It beat Bud.
It almost tasted like some of the craft brews that surrounded it.
I’ll wager that Brew Masters Private Reserve wouldn’t please a German, but channel-surfing NASCAR fans may dig it.