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Beer Pick: Samuel Adams and Weihenstephan Infinium

Samuel Adams and Weihenstephan Infinium

The Boston Beer Co., Boston, Mass.

$19.99/ 750 ml bottle

infinium

Profile: Timed for the holiday season, the Boston Beer Co. recently introduced Infinium — a limited edition champagne-like beer that’s the product of a two-year collaboration between Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch and Dr. Josef Schradler of Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery.

The brewing challenge was to adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law that allows just four ingredients: malt, hops, water and yeast. It seems yeast was the most important element at several stages in the process. At 10.3 percent alcohol by volume, Infinium is strong, but light and bubbly, with a refreshing, fruity acidity and a dry finish. There’s also a smooth malt presence that says, “beer.”

Pair with: To fully appreciate the elegance of Infinium, serve it like sparking wine, chilled in an ice bucket and poured into flutes. It would make a fine match for oysters, shrimp or lobster. And it’s perfect as a pre-dinner aperitif or a special way to toast the New Year.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast, www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew

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Rolka Nation

December 14th, 2010
9:53 pm

Any idea of where in Atlanta to get our hands on this? Sounds amazing.

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Justin

December 15th, 2010
12:12 am

Unfortunately, while Infinium is already on shelves in most of the country, the local Sam Adams distributor just received it and still hasn’t made it available here.

If you’re interested in getting this beer distributed around Atlanta in the near future, let Empire Distributors (phone: 800-216-9107) know.

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kp

December 15th, 2010
5:42 pm

Empire is a wine distributor, not a beer distributor. Maybe they can be convinced that this is really a sparkling wine.

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Richard

December 16th, 2010
9:33 am

Is there anyplace around Mobile, Al to get this beer?

Ray

December 17th, 2010
8:08 pm

If anyone is looking for this in New Jersey they have it at Wine Country in Newton

Marsee

December 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

Help…Where can I find this in Hawaii?

pat

December 19th, 2010
12:12 pm

Right now the closest retailer to Mobile, AL is in Ft. Walton Beach. Use this link to check for others: http://www.samueladams.com/find-a-sam.aspx?brand=Infinium&loc=&zip=36693&distance=100

johnny

December 20th, 2010
9:11 am

I found it in a liquor store across the street from the Hilton at Pensacola Beach this weekend. $17.99 That’s a little closer than Ft Walton, but not much.

steve

December 20th, 2010
11:13 am

where can i find infinium in san diego ca.

ampersandrea

December 20th, 2010
5:04 pm

@Rolka & Justin – the Total Wine in Perimeter has 50+ bottles according to the guy who answered their phone this afternoon. I haven’t been by to pick up mine, but if he’s telling the truth you should be able to find it there (or try calling another of the Atlanta Total Wine locations to see if they carry it).