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|All whiskey is essentially distilled beer, but
you wouldn't want to ever get the two
confused. Until now - it's Charbay R5 Hop-
Flavored Whiskey which is distilled from
Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA.
The Racer 5 IPA gets double distilled in
copper pot stills—it takes about 10 gallons of
handcrafted suds to produce a gallon of
finished whiskey. The aged version then
mellows in French oak casks for 22 months,
which the clear is bottled straight from the tap.
The unaged expression of this whiskey is
bottled at 99 proof. It has a creamy mouthfeel
and loads of hoppy tang that wrestle with the
fruit for dominance. The aged version is also
bottled at 99 proof. The time spent in oak
brings this whiskey a light golden color and
has more chocolate and a drier finish.
Unaged retails for $54; aged for $75.
|To help victims of Hurricane Sandy, a beer company is
not turning water into wine. Rather, it turned beer
products into water cans.
Beer giant Anheuser-Busch temporarily turned off its
brewing tap at its factory in Cartersville, Georgia in
order to deliver water to Sandy victims. The huge
assembly line in Cartersville moved over one million
water cans to monolith delivery trucks in a span of
hours. In total, Anheuser-Busch sent 44,000 cases of
canned water to areas affected by the superstorm
including relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.
That amounts to 1,056,000 cans in total. All of the
donated water products were handed out free of charge.
Since 1988, the company has donated 78 million cans of
water to various relief drives in the United States and
many more to areas around the world hit by natural
catastrophes. Even if you don't like many of the A-B
products they deserve a salute and thanks for this one!
This year's Samuel Adams Utopias beer is priced at $190 a bottle.
The costly beverage – with a whopping 29% average alcohol content
– is available in stores this December. If you've got the money it
makes a perfect gift for your beer geek friend or just for anyone who
enjoys being ostentatious. Be aware however that fewer than
15,000 bottles of the limited edition brew are in circulation because
of the beer’s long aging process. And 13 states prohibit sales of
the booze due to its high alcohol content.
One key to the beer's production is the yeast. Samuel Adams uses a
special Champagne yeast since it can survive in the higher alcohol
longer than most standard beer yeasts. Maple syrup is also used to
provide additional fermentable sugars to help raise the alcohol.
The Utopias also contains a blend of beer aged for years in different
type of barrels, including some of Samuel Adams Triple Bock, the
breweries first extreme beer, which was released in 1993. Portions of
the Utopias are also aged in single-use bourbon casks from the
Buffalo Trace Distillery, as well as several different port wine barrels
from Portugal and rum barrels from Nicaragua. Each barrel is
supposed to add different character notes to the Utopias - the
bourbon adds vanilla and maple; port adds fruit notes while the rum
adds some chocolate and spiciness.
Utopias is also not carbonated. It is not meant to be imbibed all at one
sitting. Instead, it is meant to be enjoyed slowly, like a liquor. Samuel
Adams recommends it is served at room temperature in a two-ounce
glass. The Utopias comes in a black decanter, unlike the past Utopias',
which came in bronze decanters. It is shaped like a brew kettle.
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