The local beer scene is bustling with brewers big and small.
Bud Light now has a new low-calorie cousin: Bud Light Platinum. The newest addition to the Anheuser-Busch InBev family debuted in stores nationwide on Jan. 30 with higher alcohol by volume content and only slightly more calories than its Bud Light counterpart. Bud Light Platinum has 6 percent ABV, compared to the 4.2 percent ABV in Bud Light. The new brew also has a sweeter taste, and appears in signature cobalt blue glass bottles.
A young player on the local brew scene, Perennial Ales microbrewery is now adding creative cuisine to its menu with the help of Chef John Perkins, the man behind the successful Entre Underground, Entre Events and, most recently, Entre Mobile eateries. Entre at Perennial features small and locally-sourced cuisine—all of which is designed to pair well with beer. The menu changes on a fairly consistent basis, is dictated by the seasons, and ranges in price from $4 to $12. One recent offering is Perkins’ version of cassoulet, starring house-cured and smoked bacon cooked sous vide-style for 10 hours and served in iron skillets. And, that’s just the beginning.
Billy Busch is going back to the beer business with the launch of William K. Busch Brewing Company. The new brewery is going head-to-head against the big breweries in town with its new Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light. A point of pride for the new brand is that it uses an all-malt recipe with no fillers.
For even more brew news, check out the craft brewers on the 2012 Buzz List.