Two Master brewers, Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and Boston Beer founder Jim Koch recently teamed up to make a unique flower beer for SAVOR (Brewers Association’s annual beer and food pairing event). The beer, named SAVOR Flowers, was brewed using rosewater in place of regular water, dried lavender, hibiscus, jasmine and rosebuds. This special brew was aged in Samuel Adams’ Barrel One (the same bourbon barrel that Koch used to age the first batch of Samuel Adams Triple Bock in 1993).
“Sam and I had a great time gathering those ingredients, and I am excited to collaborate with such an innovative brewer on this beer for SAVOR,” Koch said in a prepared statement.
Calagione added: “Jim is the godfather of craft beer, and he’s got unbelievable ideas about what beer can be, along with the knowledge and palate to make those crazy beer dreams come true.”
Alas…..SAVOR Flowers beer was only available on tap exclusively to attendee’s of the SAVOR event held June 3-4 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
But don’t fear! The idea of flowers in beer is not a new one, in fact it is really a pretty old concept going back thousands of years. In fact a particular “flower” is used in virtually every commercial beer brewed today! The flower of the hop vine is used as a flavoring and preservative agent, the flowers themselves are more commonly known as”hops”.
In addition to hops a number of flowers have found there way into the brewing process over the years, even dandelions! That’ s right, this all too common “weed” can be used to make beer. A Belgium commercial brewery who was inspired by the great hop shortage of 2008, uses dandelion greens as they have a natural bittering effect much like hops.