Month: December 2009

Beer Christmas Tree Anyone

Beer Christmas Tree_WebWho said beer is only for consumption?

A creative beer drinker has brought a new meaning to recycling beer bottles, and a good one at that. I am not sure the exact location of this emerald gem of a Christmas tree but it must be the pride of the neighborhood. I would like to see it lit up, like the one that consumed all these beers to create this beer Christmas tree masterpiece. If this picture does not get you in the Christmas spirit, make one for yourself and see if you get filled with holiday cheer followed by a holiday hangover (see hangover cures).

Beer with Highest Alcohol Content

highest content alcohol beersBanned in 13 States. This has to get your attention now. The cap on beer alcohol content was thought to be 14%. No More. Samuel Adams has its Utopia brew at 27% alcohol.

Paul Gatza, director of the national Brewers Association based in Boulder, Colo., said new yeast research allowed brewers to experiment with the emerging science that pushed the traditional cap of 14 percent alcohol by volume for beer.

“At 27% alcohol or about 6 times the strength of a regular beer, this should knock you on your ass.” –

Just 8,000 of the limited edition 24 oz tipple, sold in a copper kettle, have been brewed by the Boston Beer Company.

A new batch of Samuel Adams Utopias is on the way for the holiday season: “The small batch release comes from just 53 barrels all brewed, blended and aged at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. The exclusive, limited distribution brew will be available at select specialty beer and liquor stores starting in November for a suggested retail price of $150.00 per bottle.”

The 2009 Samuel Adams Utopias is a strong, rich, dark beer that, unlike most beers, is uncarbonated and is served room temperature in a snifter glass. The recommended pour is two-ounces meant to be savored like vintage port or a fine cognac. Samuel Adams Utopias is brewed in small batches, blended, and aged in the Barrel Room at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. Since its first release in 2002, Utopias has held the coveted title of ‘world’s strongest beer’ in the Guinness Book of World Records with 25 percent alcohol by volume. Maintaining the record set by the 2007 batch for commercially brewed beers, the 2009 batch of Samuel Adams Utopias weighs in at 27 percent alcohol by volume. The average beer is about 5%. Source Beer Advocate