Think you know everything there is to know about the “King of Beers“? Think again! Made with up to 30% rice in addition to hops and barley malt, Budweiser is a 5.0% abv (alcohol by volume) American-style lager introduced in 1876 by Adolphus Busch and one of the highest selling beers in the United States.
Anheuser-Busch was one of the few breweries during Prohibition that had the resources and wherewithal to convert to “cereal beer” production—malt beverage made with non-fermentables such as rice and unmalted barley and rye, and able to stay under the 0.5% limit established by the Volstead Act.
7 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT BUDWEISER
1. 800 years: the length of time that brewers produced an eponymous style of lager called “budweiser” in the town of Budweis (in the current Czech Republic), before the drink was trademarked by Anheuser Busch in the U.S. as a brand name.
2. 50.9: percentage of beer sold in the U.S. by Anheuser Busch.
3. 10: percentage of annual U.S. rice crops purchased by Anheuser Busch (Budweiser is one of the few beers that, in addition to barley, yeast, malt and hops, uses rice as an ingredient.
4. 25,000: estimated size of crowd waiting outside the St. Louis Anheuser Busch bottling plant at 12:01 a.m. on April 7, 1933, to buy beer, after the repeal of Prohibition.
5. 250: Clydesdale horses owned by Anheuser Busch (the world’s largest breed).
6: BUD: Anheuser Busch’s ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange.
7. 86: the number of calories for each 7.1 fl. oz glass of Budweiser (5% alc).