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    The latest beer on tap from Sam Adams: Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru

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    The latest offering from Boston Beer Co. has an international pedigree, a planned road trip worthy of a rock star, and a name so long and grand that it will likely go by it initials.

    The new product from Boston Beer, the company perhaps best known for Samuel Adams lagers and ales, is Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru --- or KMF for short.

    Adjectives that the company’s publicists have selected to describe KMF include “wild,” “funky,” and “complex.”


    KMF does not seem to fit the definition of a so-called “sessions beer,” the kind of beer a bar patron might drink all night. No, KMF is a small-batch beer that will be offered for a limited time only in quality establishments and at special events that make up a 12-city tasting tour that is scheduled to run now through November.

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    KMF will not be available in bottles, but only on draft. No word yet on what a tony taproom might charge for a mug of KMF.

    According to Boston Beer, KMF is “a unique Belgian ale, aged in Hungarian oak tuns for over a year and fermented with multiple micro-organisms.”

    In a statement, company founder and brewer Jim Koch said: ‘‘Kosmic Mother Funk is at the heart and soul of our Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, and one of the most unique brews ever to come out of our Boston Brewery. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru is tart and funky, with notes of dark fruit, cocoa, cherry, and vanilla, as well as a subtle smooth sweetness. Although KMF Grand Cru may not be for everyone -- it’s certainly not your average beer -- I believe it is a truly delicious brew that will open many palates and minds to the world of funky beers.’’

    KMF is part of the company’s Barrel Room Collection, which was inspired by Belgian brews and the Belgian approach to blending, aging, and conditioning beers. The first Barrel Room Collection brews were released in 2009.

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