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Sam Adams and Dogfish Head collaborate for SAVOR

The beer, Savor Flowers, is brewed with rose water and uses an especially floral, experimental variety of hops that goes by the number 369. The brewers added a tincture to the beer that was created inside a whiskey barrel first used by Mr. Koch in 1993 to age a triple bock. With only 30 barrels planned, the men compared it to a public art installation: Only a few people will experience it before it becomes a memory.

If you have attended SAVOR in the past, you know it usually offers more than the run-of-the-mill offerings typically seen at beer festivals. For the most part breweries tend to bring out special beers for this event because the audience tends to expect more. This year already has some rare and unique offerings in the making. As reported first by John Holl of The Wall Street Journal, Sam Adams and Dogfish Head are working on an exclusive collaboration for SAVOR.

Last week Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Co., which produces Sam Adams, and Sam Calagione, the brewer at Delaware’s Dogfish Head Ales, collaborated on a brew that will be served exclusively this summer at SAVOR, a gourmet beer and food event held annually in Washington, D.C.

The beer, Savor Flowers, is brewed with rose water and uses an especially floral, experimental variety of hops that goes by the number 369. The brewers added a tincture to the beer that was created inside a whiskey barrel first used by Mr. Koch in 1993 to age a triple bock. With only 30 barrels planned, the men compared it to a public art installation: Only a few people will experience it before it becomes a memory.

While this beer is limited, I’m guessing it will be available in very limited quantities outside SAVOR and in the DC Metro area. The post does say “exclusive,” but I have a hard time believing the SAVOR crowd can get through sixty kegs in two days. So for those of you that didn’t manage to get tickets, you might have an opportunity to try this outside the event.

What do you think about this beer from the sound of it? Eager to try it? What about the concept of beer as “public art”? Let us know in the comments! We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about SAVOR’s exclusive offerings.

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