U.S./German brew on the drawing board

Boston's Samuel Adams and Germany's Weihenstephan Brewery are teaming up to jointly create a new style of beer next spring.

Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams beers, said in an announcement:

"The Weihenstephan Brewery is a mecca for brewers and people around the world who are passionate about beer and brewing. No brewer can stand at the site of this brewery without feeling a sense of reverence for what has been done here. It is a great honor to work together on this mission to explore the limits of the Reinheitsgebot and to brew a beer that represents the platinum standard in the art of brewing."

Josef Schradler, managing director of Weihenstephan, took a shot at topping that hyperbolic statement by saying:

"This journey we've embarked on with Samuel Adams is unprecedented in the beer world. We are making history with Jim and his team of brewers; turning our traditional brewing techniques on their head will result in an innovative beer that is ground breaking, delicious and unique."

Whatever they come up with is to be introduced in the U.S. and Germany next spring in cork-finished bottles. The champagne-like beer will be about 10% alcohol by volume.

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