I post about 1 in every 12 press releases I’m sent, namely because “press release” & “news” are rarely the same thing. I don’t know that this one (edited with an eye toward drivel by me, b/c I’m bitchy like that) constitutes breaking news either, even to beer buffs (which, admittedly, I’m not); I just get a kick out of the fact that the brewer of my old hometown understands the all-fired importance of my new hometown w/r/t all matters brew-based.
As an early holiday gift, Samuel Adams is excited to let Denver in on a long-awaited secret [if it’s a secret, how can anyone be awaiting it? ed.]: The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, exclusive to Denver and New England.
Passionate about pushing the boundaries of brewing, the Samuel Adams brewers are constantly experimenting with new techniques and pioneering innovative recipes to change the American beer drinker’s experience. The Barrel Room Collection, a result of years of experimentation by the brewers at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, is no exception. The Collection marries the time-honored art of barrel aging with modern craft brewing ingenuity, further demonstrating Boston Beer Co.’s commitment to uniting tradition with innovation.
The trio of brews havehas been aged in Eastern European oak barrels, originally used to age brandy in Italy, imparting a subtle sweet, toasty note to each beer. The barrels also allow a small amount of oxygen to slowly seep in to the brew, smoothing out the flavors in the beer.
Each style in the Collection is bottled in a 750ml bottle and finished with a champagne cork. For an optimum drinking experience, the brewers at Samuel Adams recommend serving each brew in a traditional Tulip-style beer glass to best capture the beer[insert apostrophe: ed]s aromas.
This special collection makes a thoughtful gift and a great addition to the holiday table.
About the brews:
Samuel Adams New World Tripel: Pale gold in color, this ale is big, flavorful and complex. A special Belgian yeast strain adds tropical fruit and spice notes to the crisp dry ale, while Saaz hops add a subtle herbal note. Goes great with classic white sauces for baked fish or chicken, grilled fish with a tropical salsa, or roasted root vegetables.
Samuel Adams American Kriek: The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging. It’s a natural complement to chocolate desserts, fruity semi-soft cheeses, grilled pork tenderloin with spicy/fruity reduction sauce, or sweet and spicy Asian stir-fries and curries.
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red: This unique brew defies traditional beer style definition. The rich, malty brew combines notes of tart fruit from the yeast with a toasty oak character from the barrel aging. The long dry finish is almost wine-like. This is a beer that is satisfying on its own and also pairs well with braised or roasted meats, beef stews and strong salty cheeses.
The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection beers are available at select retail locations in Denver, Colorado, for a suggested retail price of $9.99 per 750ml bottle. [Will add actual names of locations ASAP—ed.]
Mondo Vino – 3601 W 32nd Ave, Denver
Argonaut Liquor – 700 E Colfax Ave, Denver
Morgans Liquor – 1200 E Evans Ave, Denver
Colorado Liquor – 865 S Colorado Blvd, Denver
Bubbles Liquor – 675 Genoa Way, Castle Rock
Tipsys Liquor World – 5869 S Alkire St, Littleton
Davidson’s Liquor – 5555 Boatworks Ave, Highlands Ranch
Chambers Wines – 15260 E Iliff Ave, Aurora
Lukas Liquors Superstore – 8457 S Yosemite, Littleton
Highlands Wine Seller – 6668 Timberline Rd, Highlands Ranch
Superior Liquor Market – 100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior
Westminster Total Beverage – 9359 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster
Daveco Liquor – 16434 N Washington St, Thornton