Lost Beer: Banned. Reclaimed. Reproduced. Launched.

Prohibition Disposal. (Don't cry!)

It’s oh so trendy: Pre-Prohibition cocktails. It’s the latest and greatest in DC, the sidecar, the French 75, yaddah yaddah yaddah. So what about Pre-Prohibition beer? Well thanks to a recent discovery of a 91-year-old, authentic pre-Prohibition recipe, Washingtonians have a chance to taste “Batch 19” a Pre-Prohibition Style Lager that was banned in 1919 and was “lost” in the Coors brewery archives until now,  named for the year right before Prohibition.

Batch 19 will be available on draft in limited quantities and in select locations in Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee. Batch 19, the new beer that MillerCoors is launching in select markets on May 3rd with a potential national rollout next year.  In DC, Batch 19 will be available at the 18th Amendment, Iron Horse, The Saloon, and We the Pizza.

“When Prohibition banned beer in 1919, breweries went under and recipes were lost,” said Brewmaster Keith Villa. “In our case, the archived logbooks with these old recipes were stored in the basement of the brewery and forgotten about until a small flood prompted me to move them to safety. When I realized what I had found, it was something I knew I had to brew. This recipe is part of our history and I think beer fans will really enjoy a chance to taste the past.”

Attending the Batch 19 Launch Party:  Wednesday, May 12 5:30- 9.m. at the 18th Amendment in DC (613 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) Email me at diningindc@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

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