The Boston Beer Co. is getting ready to release its second batch of Infinium, a new style of beer it created jointly with the world's oldest brewery.
Infinium is a champagne-like beer that Sam Adams brewer created with German brewer Weihenstephan, founded in 1040. (Here's a piece I wrote about Infinium last year, when it was first introduced.) This year the beer has been dry hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, which should give Infinium a more pronounced citrus character.
Sam Adams has invited the public to its Jamaica Plain brewery Thursday night for the first tasting of 2011 Infinium, but reservations for the event have already filled up. Even though the tasting is "sold out," Sam Adams will begin selling the 750-milliliter bottles Thursday at the brewery at 30 Germania St. The price is $19.99. If you can wait, Infinium should begin showing up in stores next week.
I shared a bottle of Infinium with a few other beer lovers last Thanksgiving. I thought it was an interesting beer -- a refined beverage that fell somewhere between a hoppy pilsner and a sparkling wine. It appealed more to the guests who preferred wine over beer, however. And at $20 a bottle, everyone agreed it was a bit too pricey, as beer goes.