December 14, 2015 02:32 PM


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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