Oct 26, 2009 - Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, and Germany's historic Weihenstephan Brewery have announced they will partner to create a collaboration beer. Such collaborations between breweries of all sizes, and often breweries located in different countries, continue to become more popular but this arguably is the biggest yet.
Weinehstephan, founded by Benedictine monks in 1040, lays claim to being the oldest brewery in the world. Boston Beer, founded in 1984, is America's largest craft brewery.
"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," Boston Beer founder Jim Koch said for a press release. "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."
Dr. Josef Schrädler, managing director at Weihenstephan, expressed similar thoughts. "This journey we've embarked on with Samuel Adams is unprecedented in the beer world," he said. "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."
The brewers from Samuel Adams and Weihenstephan have been working on the project for two years, "perfecting an innovative beer style that explores new brewing techniques within the boundaries of beer law."
Their yet-to-be-named beer will be released in both the United States and Germany next spring in cork-finished bottles. Effervescent and Champagne-like beer it will weigh in at more than 10 percent alcohol by volume.