Budweiser Brewery Releases Their First Alcoholic Root Beer

12/14/2015 at 02:32 PM ET

Root Beer
Anheuser-Busch

It’s not every day we say this, but sometimes being an adult rocks. Exhibit A: alcoholic soda.

Anheuser-Busch released their first hard root beer on Monday and the boozy drink promises a “full-flavored, well-balanced take on a favorite classic taste.”

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Best Damn Root Beer—though not the only alcoholic root beer available but the first one from the Budweiser brewer’s new brand, Best Damn Brewing Co—contains 5.5% alcohol compared to Budweiser’s 5%.

“We’ve seen a growing consumer interest in sweeter taste profiles, and we jumped at the opportunity to brew an easy-drinking, hard root beer,” a vice president for Anheuser-Busch Rashmi Patel said in a statement. “People like beers that are approachable, down-to-earth and don’t take themselves too seriously, so Best Damn Brewing Co. aims to bring all the flavor without any of the fuss.”

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The new ale—which was aged on real vanilla beans during brewing—is available in six-pack bottles, 16 oz. cans and on tap.

All we can say is the ice cream float-loving child inside of us is very happy to be 21 and over today.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Rachel on

I prefer Not Your Dad’s Root Beer. Support small businesses!

Sara on

Yeah….I’ll be sticking to Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

TigerMoon2 on

Well, Not Your Father’s Root Beer is 9.5% alcohol, compared to Best Damn Root Beer’s 5.5%. For me, that’s a plus for NYFRB. But NYFRB is pretty expensive, so I’m hoping their price will come down since I love the taste. I will probably try this new one, but I can’t imagine it tasting as good.

Bill on

Not your fathers is NOT A SMALL BUSINESS!!! It is owned by and created by PABST. And it tastes terrible.

James on

It’s not owned or created by Pabst, they just partnered for distribution, which if you pay attention to the craft beer industry these days, might as well be a necessity for real success.

Bruce on

Not your Fathers Root Beer is Not 9.5% alcohol, you got your numbers backwards, it is 5.9%.
NYFRB is very good but I find it is a little bit too sweet.
I hear from others that the Best Damn Root Beer is excellent, I haven’t tried it yet but will soon.

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