Curious about that new brew on tap at your local watering hole? MillerCoors is testing a new beer called Batch 19 in just five cities (Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Jose, and Washington DC) and in limited quantities.
According to the company, Batch 19 is based on a pre-Prohibition recipe found in brewery archives predating 1919. Available only on tap, we got a bottled sample just to give it a whirl.
Overall, I like it. It’s a refreshing amber colored lager with a distinct citrus character. The body is medium, with some creaminess, and the hops are very light and well balanced. The finish is pleasing. Overall, pre-Prohibition beer doesn’t really seem to be that much different than the beer we have today, and maybe that’s a good thing. Give Batch 19 a try next to one of your favorites and see if you can pick out how things have changed. You can find a list of bars that are serving the beer on the Batch 19 website (link below).
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