To Infinium and Beyond

Boston Beer and Germany’s Oldest Brewery collaborate on a new, most unusual ale.


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This holiday season, while perusing the shelves of your favorite beer shop, you may come across a bottle that looks like it belongs more with the sparkling wines than with ales and lagers. But look past the caged and foil-covered cork, down below the gold-embossed art nouveau label bearing the name Infinium, and you’ll see evidence that it is indeed an ale.

And a most unusual ale, at that. The product of years of collaboration between the Boston Beer Company (makers of Samuel Adams beers) and the centuries-old Weihenstephan Brewery of Germany, Infinium represents nothing less than a revolution of brewing under the Reinheitsgebot—the Bavarian purity law that limits ingredients to water, malted grain, hops and yeast.

Inspired by Weihenstephan brewers’ desire to collaborate with Boston Beer on a project, BBC founder Jim Koch says he envisioned a “white space” within the limits of the Reinheitsgebot. To fill that space, he says, they had to rethink both the brewing and malting process, so they could create a strong, all-malt beer that was not overly sweet, cloying or heavy.

“I imagined a beverage somewhere between a Champagne, a dessert wine and the Samuel Adams Noble Pils,” says Koch.
Packaged in a bottle reminiscent of a German Sekt, Infinium pours a light gold color. Its perfumed aroma offers generous spicy notes against a backdrop of honey and florals, while the full and off-dry body carries gentle notes of peach and pear alongside biscuity malt and clove and ginger spiciness, leading to a finish that’s warming without being hot.

Koch says that he sees Infinium as the Opus One of beer. “[It’s] a coming of age moment when the Old World recognized the achievements of the New,” he says. While history will no doubt be the judge of that, what Boston Beer and Weihenstephan have definitely created is a unique and flavorful bottling well suited for the approaching season of celebration.

Rumor has it that two more collaborative beers from this intercontinental brewing dream team will be hitting the shelves in 2011. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with next.

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Reader Comments:
Nov 10, 2010 10:29 pm
 Posted by  datlow

where can i get some infinium?

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Nov 23, 2010 08:52 am
 Posted by  dcattanea

can you send me an e-mail when the new Infinium is available? Also, locations for purchasing this new product in the South Jersey area? Thanks.

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Nov 24, 2010 09:06 pm
 Posted by  genbenes

Where can I get Infinium in Albuquerque, New Mexico??

Thanks

Nov 26, 2010 07:46 am
 Posted by  Stargazer

I am looking for Infinium in the Phialdelphia area.
Where can I find it?

Nov 28, 2010 12:30 pm
 Posted by  magnoliak8

If you are looking for Infinium in Philadelphia go to the Foodery on North 2nd Street in the Northern Liberties. If they don't have it, they can tell you where to get it.

Nov 28, 2010 04:07 pm
 Posted by  kpow2516

where can I buy Infiniom in Charlotte Nc area?

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Nov 29, 2010 04:28 pm
 Posted by  johngjco

where can I get Infininum in Grand Junction Colorado

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Nov 30, 2010 01:07 pm
 Posted by  Giantfan

Where can I buy Infinium in the Cumberland, MD area?

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Nov 30, 2010 10:27 pm
 Posted by  holiday time

Where can I buy Infinium in Seattle? Is there somewhere I can order it if it is not available in this area?

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Dec 1, 2010 03:25 pm
 Posted by  BEER10

Infinium is currently on its way to distributors and should hit shelves sometime next week. Dates can vary by location, but if you check the beer finder at www.samueladams.com, you can pull up a list of locations near you that carry the beer. Check back next week for the listing.

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