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Sam Adams Intros Small Batch Series with Tasman Red

Sam Adams is introducing a small batch series of ales, starting with the above – Tasman Red.    The series will feature limited edition brews, presumably from experimental batches, and previously draft only brews.

This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste.  The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee.  This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry citrusy hop finish.  

 At Sam Adams we love experimenting.  This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations.  Batch No. 1

Style: IPA
Hops:  Topaz, Galaxy.  Imported from Tasmania.
Malts: Two-Row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland Pale, Special B, Caramel 60, Roasted Dehusked malt

Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Arrival: TBA

6.5% ABV

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Sam Adams Black & Brew Revealed

Just a week ago I mentioned Sam Adams Black & Brew was going to make a draft appearance.  Add bottles to that too.  Sumatran coffee stout coming at ya…


Our Coffee Stout is a full-bodied, rich stout that supports the espresso character of the coffee.  We use 1.5 pounds of Sumatran coffee per barrel.  Rich and toasty, the flavor leads with coffee and follows with underlying nots of chocolate, caramel & dark fruit.  Cheers! 

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft

5.8% ABV

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A Witching Edition To Sam Adam’s Barrel Room

A new edition to Sam Adam’s Barrel Room collection is 13th Hour Stout.  Sam Adams Barrel Room series features small-batch, experimental brews.  Each of the beers tout the use of an experimental yeast/bacteria strain that the brewery developed called “Kosmic Mother Funk.”  The beer is then aged in Eastern European barrels used for making brandy.  There are currently 3 beers in the series – New World Tripel, American Kriek, and Stony Brook Red.

The 13th Hour is the Witching Hour, AND A TIME WHEN STRANGE BREWS CAN OCCUR.

With 13 ingredients, we combined the roasted chocolate and coffee notes of a stout with the complex spicy character of a Belgian-Style ale aged in oak for a dark, robust, and bewitching brew.

One of our brewers’ favorite places to experiment is in the barrel room at our Boston Brewery.   It’s here that each of our Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection brews was born.

Style: Imperial Stout (Belgian)
Availability: 25.4 oz bottles, corked & caged. Limited availability.
Arrival: Unknown, 2011.

9.4% ABV

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Sam Adams Lightship Back From Hiatus

Lightship was eventually abandoned for Sam Adams Light.  It was the second beer Jim Koch ever made.  The vision for Lightship was to change peoples expectations of light beer.  The recipe itself is over 20 years old now.

Lightship as seen bottles and draft before it’s retirement sometime in the 1990’s, although has some ratings from 2006.  In 2011, Lightship will be making draft appearances once again.

4% ABV

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Savor Flowers

Looks like there might beer some bottles of the Sam Adams/Dogfish Head collaboration for Savor – “Savor Flowers.”   The beautiful label carries a Brewer’s Association logo on for the backside of the bottle.   Pure speculation, the bottles will be distributed to the BA members, VIP attendees to Savor, and brewery employees.

Savor Flowers is brewed with dried red & white rose petals, plus 2 other kinds of roses.  The hops are experimental, known only by a name “369.”  As if the beer needed to be a bit MORE unique, this floral offering is aged in a special whiskey barrel dear to Jim Koch, one he aged a triple bock in back in the ’90s.

Total production is limited to 30 barrels.  Debuts at Savor in Washington D.C. in June.

10% ABV

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Boston Beer Loan Program

Boston Beer Company’s founder Jim Koch announced on a visit to the Wall Street Journal on Monday, a special loan program targeting upstart breweries.  This new loan program is an extension of Boston Beer’s “Brewing The American Dream” program, founded in 2008 to stimulate the food & beverage industry.

Jim Koch has pledged $100,000 to assist small breweries with start up costs.  The assistance goes beyond just loans & cash.  Koch and other employees plan on volunteering time in the form of seminars, webinars and hands on events to guide the fledgling breweries.  Not just on the art of brewing but assistance with tough questions about buisness models, leases, and employee pay structure.

Koch & Boston Beer Company has made many micro loans to start up businesses.  Over 50 to date.  In 2011, the 100k capital will be given to Accion USA, whom will manage and underwrite the loans.  Koch has a great quote in the article – “We all grow together, or not at all.”

The program’s expansion will be announced Tuesday. <Wall Street Journal>

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UPDATE: Sam Adam’s Sample B

A couple of days ago, the 2011 Sam Adam’s Beer Lover’s Choice sample beers were revealed.  Looks like “Sample B” was a  “Maple Wood Porter.  Brewed w/ Maple syrup & aged w/ oak staves.”

Updated, the samples look like this:

Sample A: Oaked Ale
Sample B: Maple Pecan Porter, brewed w/ maple syrup, natural flavors, & caramel color.

A press release is coming soon from Sam Adams for cities and voting places…