For ages, adventurous brewmasters have experimented with new varieties and processes surrounding three of beers four main ingredients – yeast, hops and barley – in an effort to create new and exciting brews. Jim and Sam decided to tackle beers previously untapped ingredient – water – and through an age-old distillation process, created a rosewater base to be used as the main liquid in the brew.
The rosewater inspired them to continue to explore the idea of brewing with flowers. After experimenting with a wide range of varieties, they landed on dried lavender, hibiscus, jasmine and rosebuds mixed in during the brewing process to further enhance the beers botanical qualities. As well, on his annual hop selection trip to Bavaria last year, Jim learned about a new hop breed known only as #369, grown for its amped-up floral notes. He was able to obtain 30 pounds of this unique variety from the Yakima, Wash., growing region, adding another dimension to this complex brew.
“Sam and I had a great time gathering these ingredients, and I am excited to collaborate with such an innovative brewer on this beer for SAVOR,” says Jim. “Sam’s originality and imagination are endless, He came up with the creative idea of distilling rosewater for this brew. We share the same intense passion for pushing the conventional definition of what beer can be and we put that same passion into our beers.”
SAVOR Flowers was aged in Barrel One, the same bourbon barrel Jim used to age the premier batch of the first extreme beer, Samuel Adams Triple Bock, in 1993. Barrel One is the first barrel originally used for spirits which was then used to age beer. For the last 18 years it has been filled with Samuel Adams Triple Bock. Since starting out on this extreme beer journey, Jim has been committed to challenging American palates and introducing drinkers to brews that have carved out a new category in the craft beer world.
“Jim is the godfather of craft beer, and he’s got unbelievable ideas about what beer can be, along with the knowledge and palate to make those crazy beer dreams come true,” says Sam. “I am with him on his philosophy and thrilled to be working together on this groundbreaking brew. We share a commitment to elevating beer to its proper infinite height, as both a beverage and a pairing for food.”
SAVOR Flowers will be available exclusively to all attendees of SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, a food and beer pairing event held June 3-4, 2011, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have a chance to sample the brew at the event as well as take a 750mL bottle of the collaboration beer home with them.
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