Adding energy elements to alcoholic beverages has emerged as something of a trend of late. In Monaco, Propaganda (Monaco) has added guarana to its latest beer, while American powerhouse Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis) has announced plans for a beer infused with caffeine, guarana and ginseng.

Be, pronounced “b to the e,” will be packaged in a 10oz., slim-line can similar to those used with energy beverages. Containing 6.6% alcohol by volume (stronger than most beers), Anheuser-Busch's Be also will boast 54mg of caffeine and promises a flavor both lightly “sweet and tart.”

Rounding out the energetic brews, United Brands (Los Angeles) is launching 3Sum, mingling a trio of elements--triple-filtered malt, fresh flavors (four varieties: mixed berry, apple, pink watermelon, and tropical) and a “brewing bonus.” The bonus, as it turns out, is caffeine, ginseng and taurine.