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Sam Adams releases marathon beer, '26.2'

Posted by Steve Greenlee  March 23, 2012 11:16 AM

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20120322_BostonBeer_BAA_059.jpgThe Boston Beer Co.'s marathon-themed beer, Samuel Adams 26.2, should begin showing up in local bars and restaurants soon, perhaps as early as this weekend.

The brewery unveiled the beer last night with a tasting at the Boston Athletic Association's headquarters downtown. Among those there were Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch, BAA president Joann Flaminio, BAA executive director Tom Grilk, and Kristine Lilly, two-time Olympic gold medalist with the US women's soccer team; she's running this year's Boston Marathon.

The BAA, which organizes the Boston Marathon, is a partner in the brewing of the beer, which is a gose. Never heard of a gose? There's a good reason for that. It's something of a forgotten style. It's a light German beer brewed with at least 50 percent wheat, plus coriander and salt. Few brewers make a gose, which is too bad, because it can be quite tasty, with fruity esters, a spicy character, and a tart finish. (The name 26.2 refers, of course, to the number of miles in a marathon, not the alcohol content, which is 4.5 percent.)

Boston Beer Co. spokeswoman Lauren Malone says the goal is to get the beer in at least 100 establishments. Here's a partial list of the places that are getting Sam Adams 26.2:

Whiskey Preist
Atlantic Beer Garden
Jerry Remy's (Waterfront)
Cactus Club
Sweet Cheeks
Jacob Wirth
Sweet Caroline's
Jerry Remy's (Fenway)
Uno Kenmore
Uno Boylston
Coolidge Corner Club House
Cigar Masters
Jimmy's (in brookline)
McCormick and Schmick
Post 390
Jimmy's Bar and Oven
Conor larkins
Back Bay Hotel
Union St, Newton
Cityside, Brighton
Cambridge Commons
MJ's Westin
MJ's Park Square
Champions at the Copley Marriott
British Beer Company, Framingham
Pepperoncini's, Framingham
TJ's Spirits, Ashland
The Corner Pub, Ashland
Bill's Pizza, Hopkinton
Cornell's Pub, Hopkinton
O'Connells Pub, Framingham
Railroad 6, Framingham
John Stone's Inn, Ashland
Morse Tavern, Natick

(Pictured, from left: Lilly, Flaminio, and Koch. Michael Casey Photography)

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Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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