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When is a beer more than a beer? When it’s a Samuel Adams UtopiasÂ® brew. Here’s whatÂ CaptainsBeerBlog has to say about UtopiasÂ®:
Sam Adams Utopias isnâ€™t really a beerâ€¦itâ€™s an experience.
Offered in extraordinarily limited quantities once every two years (there were only 53 barrels produced for this yearâ€™s version), Utopias is considered to be one of the tougherÂ beersÂ out there to get your hands on, and for good reason,Â taking into accountÂ the intensely laborious, time-consuming processÂ Boston Beer Co.â€™s brewers take to produce this innovative brew. In its fifth release, UtopiasÂ has traditionallyÂ contended with such beers as Dogfish Headâ€™s 120 Minute IPA as the most alcoholic beer on planet earth*, coming in at a mere 27% ABV. But the strength of the beer, while certainly unique and more reminiscent to what youâ€™d find in a fine liquer, is not all that setsÂ it apart in my mind.
Main Street Market is excited to announce that we have ONE container of this limited edition fine brew available for sale at our Egg Harbor store. Let me tempt you with some of the details:
Sweet fire, with a rich malt and wood complexity. â€¨Truly the epitome of brewing’s two thousand year evolution, Samuel Adams UtopiasÂ® offers a flavor not just unlike any other beer but unlike any other beverage in the world. The 2011 release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 16 years in the barrel room of our Boston Brewery, in a variety of woods. We aged a portion of the beer in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest batch also spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, as well as sherry, brandy and Cognac casks. This flavorful, slightly fruity brew has a sweet, malty flavor that is reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage port, fine cognac or aged sherry.
Flavor: A unique flavor of vintage port, old sherry and fine cognac. Layers of dark fruit, wood and vanilla.â€¨
Color: Ruby blackâ€¨Original Gravity: 40Â° Platoâ€¨Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 27% ABV – 21.31%ABWâ€¨Calories per recommended 2 oz serving: 107
Malt Varieties: Two-row pale Harrington and Metcalfe, Caramel 60, Munich
Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt and Tettnager
Yeast Strain: Two Samuel Adams yeasts
Availability: Limited release First Brewed: 2002
Main Street Market has ONE bottle of the 2011 brew available for sale – $500
Interested? Call Main Street Market at 920-868-2120 and ask for Sam. Or email email@example.com
Last week I told you about the many wine tastings we’ve been to this month. It may sound glamorous, but it really was a lot of work! My notes were definitely more legible in the first hour or two – but I’ve been to enough of these – I know how to be selective.Â Like I said, somebody has to do it!
The tastings are a precursor to our Annual Spring Wine Sale. We have two “Big Sales” a year – spring and fall. After a long hard winter, it is now time to stock up for the summer season ahead. We always give 10% off any 12 bottles; for our sales, we give you 15% off any 12+bottles and 10% any 6-11 bottles.Â Wine gets better with a little age, so stocking up is an advantage! Besides, it’s nice to have some good wines on hand for any impromptu gatherings you may have in the next few months.
We encourage you to try some of the new wines we’ve added. It is not unusual to go back to familiar brands, but there is so much good wine in the world – try something new! We’ve tasted just about every wine we sell at one time or another; we can offer advice or recommend our favorites. I think it is much more interesting to serve a variety of wines for dinner or parties – it gives you an opportunity to experiment with foods and different varietals.
So – get a cart and fill it with bottles! We will box it up for you and take it to your car. There is good wine at every price – and at 15% off – you can splurge a little!