By: Jim Koch
| Published: March 5th, 2014
The Boston Marathon has been a cherished tradition in our hometown for well over a hundred years. It is a unique athletic event, open to athletes from all countries, backgrounds, genders, and beliefs. It is also a celebration of the city of Boston, as hundreds of thousands of spectators line the race route to cheer for the commitment, determination, and stamina of the participants.
This is our third year as a proud sponsor of the Boston Marathon, and for the third year in a row we are brewing a commemorative beer for the race – Boston 26.2 Brew – to toast the runners and spectators.
Last year, following the tragic events that took place on race day, we committed to donating all of the profits from the sale of the beer to The Greg Hill Foundation, which provided immediate support to survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy and their families. This year, we are continuing our commitment and again will donate all profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew to The Greg Hill Foundation for the ongoing needs of the survivors and their families.
This year is especially meaningful to me as we were able to host some of the families that had been impacted by the tragedy, at our brewery, to brew one of the first batches of Boston 26.2 Brew. It was truly an honor for us to all come together to brew this special beer and it was a fun and memorable day for everyone.
We’re proud to be a part of the Boston community and know this this year will be the biggest and most meaningful marathon the city of Boston has ever seen. I look forward to raising a pint and celebrating the runners, spectators, and all Bostonians on this momentous day.
About The Commemorative Brew:
Boston 26.2 Brew is a Gose style beer, which offers a lighter body with a slightly lower alcohol level (4.5%) than many of our other styles, and is fitting for those either running in the race or cheering on their favorite runners on race day. The brew has light cereal notes from malted and unmalted wheat, rounded out by a spicy, peppery character with a soft mineral quality from a touch of salt.
The brew is available on draft now for a limited time and will be served at select bars and restaurants along the race course and in Boston (see below for a list of bars and restaurants). The special batch from our “Brew Day” will be available only at our Boston Brewery at a fundraising event on Wednesday, 3/26. RSVP here.
Where Boston 26.2 Brew is being poured:
29 SUDBURY – 29 HUDSON RD, SUDBURY MA
99 RESTAURANT & PUB – 29 AUSTIN ST, CHARLESTOWN MA
99 RESTAURANT & PUB – 121 VFW PKWY, REVERE MA
99 RESTAURANT & PUB – 59 NEWPORT AVE, QUINCY MA
99 RESTAURANT & PUB – 20 CUMMINGS ST, SOMERVILLE MA
ANTHEM – 101 S MARKET ST, BOSTON MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 11 ALLSTATE RD, DORCHESTER MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 2 ELM ST, WOBURN MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 200 HANCOCK ST, QUINCY MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 222 WASHINGTON ST, HUDSON MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 251 N MAIN ST, LEOMINSTER MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 381 CHESTNUT HILL AVE, BRIGHTON MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 680 SOUTHBRIDGE ST, AUBURN MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 70 WORCESTER PROVIDENCE TPKE, MILLBURY MA
APPLEBEES NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR – 91 MEDWAY RD, MILFORD MA
BARLOWS – 241 A ST, BOSTON MA
BEANTOWN PUB – 100 TREMONT ST, BOSTON MA
BELLA LUNA MILKY WAY – 284 AMORY ST, BOSTON MA
BELL IN HAND – 45 UNION ST, BOSTON MA
BILLS HOUSE OF PIZZA – 753 BEACON ST, NEWTON CENTER MA
BILLS PIZZA – 14 MAIN ST, HOPKINTON MA
BREW CITY GRILL – 102 SHREWSBURY ST, WORCESTER MA
BREWERS COALIATION – 344 WALNUT ST, NEWTONVILLE MA
BRITISH BEER COMPANY – 120 WORCESTER RD, FRAMINGHAM MA
BRITISH BEER COMPANY – 85 PROVIDENCE HWY, EAST WALPOLE MA
BROWNSTONE – 111 DARTMOUTH ST, BOSTON MA
BUFFS PUB – 313 WASHINGTON ST, NEWTON MA
BULL FINCH PUB CHEERS BOSTON – 84 BEACON ST, BOSTON MA
CACTUS CLUB – 939 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN – 800 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
CAMBRIDGE COMMON – 1667 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, CAMBRIDGE MA
CARBONES RESTAURANT INC – 280 CEDAR ST, HOPKINTON MA
CENTRE DELI – 545 HIGH ST, DEDHAM MA
CHEERS OF BOSTON – 29 QUINCY MARKET BLDG, BOSTON MA
CHILIS GRILL & BAR #824 – 930 PROVIDENCE HWY, DEDHAM MA
CHRISTOPHERS – 1920 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, CAMBRIDGE MA
CITY SIDE AT THE CIRCLE – 1960 BEACON ST, BRIGHTON MA
CLERYS – 335 COLUMBUS AVE, BOSTON MA
CONOR LARKINS GRILL – 329 HUNTINGTON AVE, BOSTON MA
CORNELLS CLUB – 229 HAYDEN ROWE ST, HOPKINTON MA
CORNER PUB – 1 WUNION ST, ASHLAND MA
CORNWALLS – 654 BEACON ST, BOSTON MA
DANTES ART BAR – 5 CAMBRIDGE PKWY STE B, CAMBRIDGE MA
DARRYL S CORNER BAR – 604 COLUMBUS AVE, BOSTON MA
DILLONS – 951 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
DOCKSIDE – 229 CENTRE ST, MALDEN MA
DOYLES – 3484 WASHINGTON ST, JAMAICA PLAIN MA
DUCALI PIZZERIA – 289 CAUSEWAY ST, BOSTON MA
ELEPHANT & CASTLE – 161 DEVONSHIRE ST, BOSTON MA
ELEPHANT WALK – 900 BEACON ST, BOSTON MA
FOLEYS BACKSTREET GRILLE – 531 PEARL ST, STOUGHTON MA
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL – 200 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
GRUMPYS – 190 PULASKI BLVD, BELLINGHAM MA
HILL TAVERN – 228 CAMBRIDGE ST, BOSTON MA
HOLIDAY INN – 1200 BEACON ST, BROOKLINE MA
HOPS N SCOTCH BAR & GRILL – 1306 BEACON ST, BROOKLINE MA
HORESHOE PUB – 29 SOUTH ST, HUDSON MA
HYATT REGENCY – 575 MEMORIAL DR, CAMBRIDGE MA
JACOB WIRTH – 33 STUART ST, BOSTON MA
JASPERS SUMMER SHACK – 50 DALTON ST, BOSTON MA
JOCOS – 450 MOODY ST, WALTHAM MA
JOHN BREWERS TAVERN – 7 HIGHLAND AVE, MALDEN MA
KENNEDYS IRISH PUB – 247 MAPLE ST, MARLBOROUGH MA
KENS STEAK HOUSE – 95 WORCESTER RD, FRAMINGHAM MA
L STREET TAVERN – 658 E 8TH ST, BOSTON MA
LANES & GAMES – 195 CONCORD TPKE, CAMBRIDGE MA
LEWIS REST & GRILL INC – 92 CENTRAL ST, ORWOOD MA
LUCCA BACKBAY – 116 HUNTINGTON AVE, BOSTON MA
LUCKYS LOUNGE – 100 TERMINAL RD, BOSTON MA
M J OCONNORS – 27 COLUMBUS AVE, BOSTON MA
MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS – 2 CAMBRIDGE CTR, CAMBRIDGE MA
MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS – 110 HUNTINGTON AVE, BOSTON MA
MCCARTHY BROS – 9 MOULTON ST, CHARLESTOWN MA
MCGREEVEYS – 911 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
MICK MORGANS – 973 PROVIDENCE HWY, SHARON MA
MISSION BAR &B GRILLE – 724 HUNTINGTON AVE, BOSTON MA
MORSE TAVERN – 85 E CENTRAL ST, NATICK MA
MR DOOLEYS VILLAGE PUB – 9 DEPOT CT, COHASSET MA
NAPPER TANDYS – 1065 MAIN ST, WALPOLE MA
OHARAS – 1185 WALNUT ST, NEWTON HIGHLANDS MA
OLD TIMER RESTAURANT INC – 155 CHURCH ST, CLINTON MA
OLEARYS – 1010 BEACON ST, BROOKLINE MA
ORLEANS – 65 HOLLAND ST, SOMERVILLE MA
PARISH CAFE – 361 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
PARISH CAFE II – 493 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, BOSTON MA
PATRONS MEXICAN KITCHEN – 138 BRIGHTON AVE, ALLSTON MA
PEPERONCINIS PIZZARIA & G – 486 CONCORD ST, FRAMINGHAM MA
PORTERS BAR & GRILL – 173 PORTLAND ST, BOSTON MA
RATTLESNAKE BAR & GRILL – 384 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
ROCK N COAL PIZZA – 799 S MAIN ST, BELLINGHAM MA
ROGGIES – 356 CHESTNUT HILL AVE, BRIGHTON MA
SALVATORES – 225 NORTHERN AVE, BOSTON MA
SALVATORES – 55 HIGH ST, MEDFORD MA
SALVATORES – 555 WASHINGTON ST, BOSTON MA
SMITH & WOLLENSKY – 101 ARLINGTON ST, BOSTON MA
SMOKEY BONES BBQ #7612 – 301 TECHNOLOGY CENTER DR, STOUGHTON MA
STATS BAR & GRILLE – 77 DORCHESTER ST, BOSTON MA
STOUGHTON TOWN SPA – 1119 WASHINGTON ST, STOUGHTON MA
SUNSET CANTINA – 916 COMMONWEALTH AVE , BROOKLINE MA
SUNSET CANTINA – 916 COMMONWEALTH AVE, BOSTON MA
SUNSET GRILL & TAP – 130 BRIGHTON AVE, ALLSTON MA
SWEET CHEEKS – 1381 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
T J SPIRITS – 355 W UNION ST, ASHLAND MA
TASTY BURGER – 1305 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
TAVERN & WISH – 720 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, CAMBRIDGE MA
TAVERN IN THE SQUARE – 1 NEW ENGLAND EXECUTIVE PARK, BURLINGTON MA
TAVERN IN THE SQUARE – 1 SOUTH STATION, BOSTON MA
TAVERN IN THE SQUARE – 161 BRIGHTON AVE, ALLSTON MA
TAVERN IN THE SQUARE PORTER – 1815 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, CAMBRIDGE MA
TELEGRAPH HILL – 289 DORCHESTER ST, BOSTON MA
TENNIS & RACQUET CLUB – 927 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
TERRY OREILLY PUB – 45 UNION ST, NEWTON CENTER MA
THE 4 SPORTS PUB – 666 WAVERLY ST, FRAMINGHAM MA
THE ATLANTIC BEER GARDEN – 146 NORTHERN AVE, BOSTON, MA
THE BACK DECK INC – 10 WEST ST, BOSTON MA
THE BLACKSTONE GRILL – 15 UNION ST, BOSTON MA
THE CHICKEN BONE SALOON – 358 WAVERLY ST, FRAMINGHAM MA
THE FAIRMOUNT GRILLE – 81 FAIRMOUNT AVE, HYDE PARK MA
THE LAST SHOT – 559 WASHINGTON ST, STOUGHTON MA
THE POINT – 147 HANOVER ST, BOSTON MA
THE RAVENS NEST – 998 MAIN ST, WALPOLE MA
THE SKELLIG – 240 MOODY ST, WALTHAM MA
THE VAULT – 105 WATER ST, BOSTON MA
THE WHISKEY PRIEST – 150 NORTHERN AVE, BOSTON, MA
TWELVE FINE FOOD & SPIRITS – 191 MECHANIC ST, BELLINGHAM MA
UNION OYSTER HOUSE – 41 UNION ST, BOSTON MA
UNION ST – 107 UNION ST, NEWTON CENTER MA
UNO CHICAGO GRILL #201 – 731 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
UNO CHICAGO GRILL #209 – 1 BROOKLINE AVE, BOSTON MA
WARREN TAVERN – 2 PLEASANT ST, CHARLESTOWN MA
WATERFRONT CAFE – 452 COMMERCIAL ST, BOSTON MA
WAXY OCONNORS – 1 RAININ RD, WOBURN MA
WHISKEYS PUB – 885 BOYLSTON ST, BOSTON MA
ZIOS QUATTRO – 22 SOUTH ST, HOPKINTON MA
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: November 6th, 2013
If you haven’t heard of or had Utopias before, it is a brew that challenges the notion of what a beer can be.
It is an extraordinary brew that is the result of complex and carefully timed brewing – it is a blend of batches, some having been aged more than 20 years in a variety of woods in our Barrel Room. (If you’d like to learn more about the history of Utopias, check out this post).
This year’s Utopias was aged in casks from Buffalo Trace Distillery and eight-year-old Port barrels from Portugal. We then blended it with a touch of our Kosmic Mother Funk ® (KMF), a Belgian-style ale barrel-aged for at least nine months (and up to two years) in Hungarian oak tuns.
This is the first time we’ve blended KMF into Utopias. Here’s what Jim had to say about the new addition: “The KMF brings a whole new spectrum of flavors and complexity to the beer, including brighter fruit notes like cherries and plums and just a hint of earthiness.”
Utopias is a strong, rich, uncarbonated dark beer with fruit notes and a rich malty sweetness, reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage Port, fine Cognac, or aged Sherry while being surprisingly light on the palate.
Our Find a Sam page will tell you where you can find Utopias, but keep in mind that it is likely that many locations will sell their few bottles quickly. If you are planning to travel a far distance to acquire a bottle, we strongly recommend calling the retailer ahead of time to ensure they have it on hand.
We brewed fewer than 15,000 bottles this year, so it is a truly rare drinking experience.
NOTE: Thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.
So, how much will it cost you? Retailers are free to set their own pricing, but we have placed a suggested retail price of $199.00 per bottle.
Because this beer is un-carbonated and high in ABV, it can be opened and closed to be enjoyed when you want to enjoy it. Don’t store this beer in the fridge… a cool/dark place is ideal. And don’t be afraid to hold onto the bottle… the liquid will only get better with age!
Our brewers recommend serving Utopias as an ideal after-dinner drink or toasting a special occasion at room temperature (about 70°F) in 2oz pours.
This year we worked with Ted’s Cigars to create a limited-edition, Utopias-seasoned cigar, to be enjoyed on its own or as a pairing with the brew. The Utopias-seasoned cigars are made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, long leaf Dominican Republic binder, and tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua, and of course, seasoned with Samuel Adams Utopias through Ted’s proprietary process of aromatic seasoning, which marries the complex flavors of both the cigar and the Utopias.
When enjoying Utopias and the seasoned cigar together, the beer brings out a creamy, spicy sweetness from the cigar and enhances the subtle leather and smoky character in the cigar’s finish. You can purchase Ted’s Utopias-seasoned cigars at Ted’s Cigars during November and December.
If you get your hands on a bottle and/or cigar be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook!