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A-B Michelob Celebrate: Missing in Action

By William Brand
Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 at 1:28 pm in Uncategorized.

I tried the Anheuser-Busch Michelob holiday beers in Denver in October at the Great American Beer Festival. There was one made with chocolate, another aged on Bourbon barrel chips. For my tasting notes, see below.


My wife and I always enjoy reading your “What’s On Tap” ; in fact, thanks to it, last year we tried AB’s Celebrate, which has been one of our all-time favorites. Unfortunately, after checking high and low at almost every store that sells spirits and better brews, we are unable to locate it.

Do you know who is stocking it this year? SF or Peninsula locations would be preferable.

Cheers to you! Kevin

Hi Kevin. No, I haven’t seen it either and the Beverages and More site said it was out of stock. However, sometimes the Web site is behind. But I go into BevMo stores a lot and haven’t seen it. I just e-mailed A-B in St. Louis. but naturally won’t hear back from them this week. On Tuesday, I’ll call the A-B distributor here and see where it is. It’s probably sitting on a flat in the distributor’s warehouse. So,. will let you know. Happy Holidays. b

Late note: Hi Kevin. I called the A-B distributors on the San Francisco Peninsula and in Alameda/Contra Costa. Nobody has it. It looks like A-B distributors didn’t take it or it wasn’t offered by A-B. b

Anheuser-Busch Celebrate: Tasting Notes.
\Anheuser-Busch Celebrate Vanilla Oak+ and Anheuser-Busch Celebrate Chocolate, Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, Mo.

Michelob Vanilla Oak, 10.5 percent alcohol, was aged on chips from bourbon barrels and has a nose a bit like Calvados, the French apple brandy. No rice in this one; it’s all malt and the smooth balance between malt and hops conceals the beer’s strength.

Michelob Celebrate Chocolate, 8.5 percent alcohol, was a delight: wild cherry, chocolate aroma, full and malty taste with a huge rush of chocolate. It was fermented on a bed of cocoa beans. Both these A-B products come in 24-ounce bottles. A-B says they’ll be in stores with good beer selections through Christmas. Well, some stores, somewhere.

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