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50 Proof Beer

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by cbbr, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    But At 50 Proof, Is It Still Beer?


    Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams beer, has come up with a brew that few ever thought possible, at 50 proof.

    The beer, Utopias, is just hitting store shelves in limited quantities.

    Extreme in flavor, alcohol and price, it's $100 a bottle, which is covered in brass-colored porcelain and looks like a brewing tank. But it's resealable and is meant to be sipped in small 2-ounce doses, like brandy or port, so you'll get a dozen drinks out of it.

    Inside is a sweet, reddish-brown liquid that smells a lot like brandy but goes down sweeter and smoother with its caramel, spice and maple-syrup flavors. There's no carbonation, because of the extreme alcohol level. It warms the throat like a good bourbon and coats the glass like syrup.

    "No one has ever fermented grain to this level of alcohol," Koch said recently.

    How did Koch get the beer so high in alcohol? Through a lot of experimenting with yeast. "We're flogging the yeast" and coming up with their own proprietary strain that could survive at high alcohol levels, he said. "We're asking them [yeast] to do things God never intended them to do. The sound barrier was 13 percent in beer, and we passed that. It was `Star Trek' kind of brewing, where no beer has gone before."

    http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-utopiabeer.artjul31,0,1282479.story?&track=rss
     
  2. BurbLover

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    "We're flogging the yeast"

    I hope they kissed em first :D

    I'd like to try that ****. I winder if I could drink an entire bottle at one sitting :doah:
     
  3. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    If you drink too much, do you go blind?
     
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    At $100 a bottle, you might want to drink it slow. :D
     
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    That stuff will take the hair OFF of your palms ..:doah:
     
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    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    Whew!! Finally, a cure........ :thumb:
     

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