Boston 26.2 Brew Officially Tapped for the 2016 Boston Marathon!

POS_SAM_MARATHON_262BrewLogo_2016 (1)Patriots’ Day will always hold a special place in my heart – it was on that day in 1985 that I officially released the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. So whenever I see runners crossing the finish line on Marathon Monday, I’m reminded of my starting line 31 years ago.

As our city marks the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, and our fifth year as a proud partner, we’re excited to bring back our commemorative race beer – Boston 26.2 Brew.  We brewed this year’s batch to help toast the runners, spectators, Bostonians and race volunteers of the 2016 Boston Marathon. Read More

Looking for #RebelRaw?

Our brewers are really excited to announce that Rebel Raw, a big, hoppy double IPA with a 10% ABV and 100 IBUs, is now on shelves!

Rebel Raw is a limited release with a 35 day shelf life. IPA lovers can only find it in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
We brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel to create a huge hop character bursting with citrus, floral, spice, and resinous pine notes. Imagine burying your nose in a pile of fresh hop cones – that’s what you’ll experience when you sip Rebel Raw.

Because this is such an aggressively hop-forward brew, freshness is critical. Hop character diminishes over time, and we want IPA-lovers to enjoy this brew as fresh as possible in order to experience the optimal range of hop flavors and aromas.

So, if you find it, DRINK IT IMMEDIATELY to enjoy that fresh hop aroma and flavor. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

We’ll be live updating this post. So, keep checking back to see where you can find Rebel Raw on shelves near you.

BOSTON

  • ATLAS LIQUORS -QUINCY 665 ADAMS ST QUINCY
  • AUBURNDALE DISCOUNT WINE – 2102 COMM AVE NEWTON
  • BELLE ISLE WINE&SPIRITS – 1144 SARATOGA STREET EAST BOSTON
  • BLANCHARD-REVERE INC. – 286 AM LEG HGWY REVERE
  • BLANCHARDS-ALLSTON INC. – 103 HARVARD AVE ALLSTON
  • BLANCHARDS-J P INC. – 741 CENTRE ST JAMAICA PLAIN
  • BLANCHARDS-W ROX INC. – 418 LAGRANGE ST WEST ROXBURY
  • BRADY’S PACKAGE STORE – 1516 COMMERCIAL ST WEYMOUTH
  • BROOKLINE LIQUOR – 1354 COMM AVE ALLSTON
  • CAMBRIDGE WINE & SPIRITS – 202 ALEWIFE BROOK PK CAMBRIDGE
  • CHARLESTOWN LIQUORS – 10 THOMPSON SQ CHARLESTOWN
  • CONTAN LIQUORS INC. – 115 ALEWIFE BROOK PK SOMERVILLE
  • CRAFT BEER CELLAR – 14 AUSTIN STREET NEWTONVILLE
  • CRAFT BEER CELLAR – 28 COMMERCIAL STREET BRAINTREE
  • CROWLEY’S LIQUORS – 152A BOSTON AVE SOMERVILLE
  • CURTIS LIQUOR-WEYMOUTH – 486 COLUMBIAN ST WEYMOUTH
  • D & L LIQUORS – 119-123 RIVER ST WALTHAM
  • DION & LEAHAN INC. – 856 LEXINGTON ST. WALTHAM
  • EAST BOSTON MALT – 216 BORDER ST EAST BOSTON
  • GARY’S LIQ – 655 VFW PKWY CHESTNUT HILL
  • GORDON LIQUORS – 599 MOODY ST WALTHAM
  • GORDONS FINE WINE & LIQ. – 31 AUSTIN ST NEWTON
  • GORDONS WALTHAM LIQ STORE – 894-898 MAIN STREET WALTHAM
  • GRANITE PACKAGE-WEYMOUTH – 622 MIDDLE ST WEYMOUTH
  • JERRYS LIQ STORE – 329 SOMERVILLE AVE SOMERVILLE
  • KAPPYS – 325 BENNETT HWY RTE MALDEN
  • LAND OF LIQUOR – 1164 NORTH SHORE RD REVERE
  • LIBERTY WINE AND SPIRITS – 238-300 GROVE ST BRAINTREE
  • LIQUOR LAND – 1033 MASSACHUSETTS AVE BOSTON
  • MACY’S – 1826 CENTRE ST WEST ROXBURY
  • MACY’S LIQUORS – 1093 LEXINGTON ST WALTHAM
  • MARTY’S BIG BUYS – 103 NORTH BEACON STREET ALLSTON
  • MARTY’S LIQUORS – 675 WASHINGTON ST NEWTON
  • PALUMBO’S – 419 HIGH-PLAIN ST WALPOLE
  • PARKINGWAY WINE INC – 600 MASS AVE CAMBRIDGE
  • PEMBERTON FARMS – 2225 MASS AVE CAMBRIDGE
  • SAMS PACKAGE – 262 MAIN ST WALPOLE
  • THE WINE CELLAR – 791 BROAD STREET WEYMOUTH

CHICAGO

  • Beer Temple – 3185 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Binny’s
    • 3000 N. Clark Street
    • 1720 N. Marcey Street
    • 1132 S.  Jefferson Street
    • 213 W. Grand Avenue
  • Bottles and Cans – 4109 N Lincoln Ave
  • Capone’s Liquor & Food – 3678 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Cardinal – 4905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Crown Liquors – 2821 N Milwaukee Ave
  • Franklin Tap – 325 S Franklin Street
  • G N S Food & Liquor – 4092 N Broadway St, Chicago
  • Garfield’s – 1704 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Grand & Western Armanetti Beverage – 515 N Western Ave, Chicago
  • High dive – 1938 w Chicago
  • Lion’s Head – 2251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Monks Pub 203 – w lake street
  • PK’s Pantry – 6128 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Rayan’s Liquors – 4553 N Clark St, Chicago
  • Rocking Horse – 2535 N Milwaukee Ave
  • Sarah Mart – 3601 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Twisted Spoke – 501 N Ogden Ave
  • Uncork-It – 393 E Illinois St, Chicago
  • Vas Foremost – 2300 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

NEW YORK CITY

  • 120 BAY CAFÉ – 120 BAY STREET, STATEN ISLAND
  • 5TH AVENUE MARKET – 185 5TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • 69TH ST.BEER DIST- 55-13 69TH STREET,  MASPETH
  • 7-11 – 191 MIDDLETOWN ROAD, PEARL RIVER
  • 72 LUCKY LOTTO INC – 7201 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • ABC BEER CO – 96 AVENUE C GROUND FLOOR, NEW YORK
  • ARTS AND CRAFT BEER PARLOR – 26 WEST 8TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • B & B BEVERAGE – 212 02 41ST AVENUE, BAYSIDE
  • BAR BACON – 832 9TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • BEER CULTURE – 328 WEST 45TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • BEER HOUSE INC. – 87-06 ROCKAWAY BEACH BOULEVARD, ROCKAWAY BEACH
  • BEER TOWN & SODA INC – 135-26A CROSS BAY BOULEVARD, OZONE PARK
  • BEVERAGE DEPOT LTD – 166-01 NORTHERN BOULEVARD                , FLUSHING
  • BEVERAGE PLUS – 255-47 JERICHO TURNPIKE, FLORAL PARK
  • BONCHON – 957 2ND AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • BOOTLEG MANNINGS – 2629 FOREST AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND
  • BREWSKIS BAR & GRILL – 3718 EAST TREMONT AVENUE, BRONX
  • BROADWAY DIVE BAR – 2662 BROADWAY, NEW YORK
  • BROOKLYN HARVEST MARKET – 204 UNION AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • BROOKLYN HARVEST MARKET – 34 NORTH 6TH STREET UNIT A, BROOKLYN
  • BROWNSTONE BILLIARDS – 308-16 FLATBUSH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • CAKE SHOP – 152 LUDLOW STREET, NEW YORK
  • CAROUSEL DISTR – 436 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • CHAMP BEVERAGE – 2248 HYLAN BLVD., STATEN ISLAND
  • CITY SWIGGERS  – 320 – EAST 86TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • CLINTON GOURMET CORP – 648 10TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • DON PEPI’S DELI – PENN STATION MAIN CONCOURSE, NEW YORK
  • EARL’S BEER & CHEESE – 1259 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • EARTH’S BASKETING – 599 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • EAST WEST GROC – 532 9TH AVE, NEW YORK
  • FINE FAIR – 175 CLINTON STREET, NEW YORK
  • FOOD CELLAR & COMPANY – 4-85 47TH RD, LONG ISLAND CITY
  • FULL CUP – 388 VAN DUZER STREET, STATEN ISLAND
  • GH FOOD – 750 MANHATTAN AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • GOOD BEER – 422 EAST 9TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • HANNY GULF – 202 E CENTRAL AVE, PEARL RIVER
  • HEIGHTS TAVERN – 3910 BROADWAY , NEW YORK
  • HILLSIDE BEER & SODA – 265-08 HILLSIDE AVENUE, FLORAL PARK
  • HOLIDAY BEVERAGES – 4569 AMBOY ROAD, STATEN ISLAND
  • JUDGE ROY BEAN – 38 WEST 56TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • LIBERTY TAVERN – 382-384 FOREST AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND
  • MALT & MOLD – 221 EAST BROADWAY, NEW YORK
  • MALT & MOLD – 362 2ND AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • MILE 17 – 1446 1ST AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • MILK AND HOPS – 63 EAST 9TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • MORTON WILLIAMS  – 130 BLEEKER STREET, NEW YORK
  • MS CONVENIENCE – 8610 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • NAVARRO GROCERY – 945 4TH AVE, BROOKLYN
  • NOBLE GRAINS NYC – 313 EAST 95TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • ORGANIC CONV. INC – 414 COURT STREET, BROOKLYN
  • ORGANIC GIRL ON 3RD INC – 9401 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • PLAYHOUSE MARKET – 20 SOUTH BROADWAY, NYACK
  • SMITHFIELD HALL – 138 W 25TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • THE BEER CONNECTION  – 31-07B  STARR AVENUE, LONG ISLAND CITY
  • THE MALT HOUSE – 206 THOMPSON STREET, NEW YORK
  • THUNDER JACKSON – 169 BLEECKER ST, NEW YORK
  • TOP HOPS BEER SHOP – 94 ORCHARD STREET, NEW YORK
  • TRADEWISE SUPERMARKET – 1165 BROADWAY, BROOKLYN
  • TRI-BORO BEVERAGE DIST – 41-10 ASTORIA BLVD, ASTORIA
  • ULYSSES – 91-97 PEARL STREET, NEW YORK
  • URBAN BARLEY
  • VINTNER WINE MARKET – 671 9TH AVE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE MARKET – 77 7TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE MARKET – 84 3RD AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE STOP ONE DELI – 700 AMSTERDAM AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WHISKEY KITCHEN – 60 ROUTE 303, VALLEY COTTAGE
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET
    • 95 EAST HOUSTON STREET, NEW YORK
    • 214 3RD STREET, BROOKLYN
    • 4 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK
    • 10 COLUMBUS CIRCLE STE SC101A, NEW YORK
    • 270 GREENWICH STREET, NEW YORK
    • 1551 3RD AVENUE, NEW YORK
    • 226 EAST 57TH STREET, NEW YORK
    • 250 7TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
    • 808 B COLUMBUS AVE,  NEW YORK
  • ZAROS BAKE SHOP – 2 PENN PLAZA CONCOURSE LEVEL, NEW YORK
  • ZARO’S BREAD BASKET – E.43RD CORNER VANDERBILT, NEW YORK

WASHINGTON DCPHILADELPHIA
• 320 Market – 713 S Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA
• American Sardine Bar – 1800 Federal St, Philadelphia
• Arcadia Chios The Greeks – 239 Haverford Ave, Narberth PA
• Avani Inc Federal Beer – 1440 Federal St 42, Philadelphia PA
• B & B – 3670 Sawmill Rd, Doylestown PA
• Baileys Bar & Grille – 6914 Bristol Emilie Rd., Levittown PA
• Beer City Quakertown – 391 W Broad St, Quakertown PA
• Bell Beverage – 2809 S Front St, Philadelphia PA
• Bella Vista – 755 S 11th St, Philadelphia PA
• Bensalem Beer & Soda – 1919 Street Rd, Bensalem PA
• Big Top Roslyn – 1555 Easton Rd, Abington PA
• Blue Dog Family Tavern – 4275 County Line Rd., Chalfont PA
• Blue Dog Ii – 850 S Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale PA
• Boathouse – 113 Fayette St, Conshohocken PA
• Boccellas – 37 W Eagle Rd, Havertown PA
• Bottle Bar East – 1308 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Bottles Packs & Growlers – 701 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia PA
• Bounds Beverages – 308 Easton Rd, Warrington PA
• Brew – 1900 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA
• Brewers Outlet – 7401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Bridgids – 726 N 24th St, Philadelphia PA
• Bru Craft & Wurst – 1318 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Butcher And Barkeep – 712 Main St, Harleysville PA
• Candlewyck – 2551 Durham Rd, Buckingham PA
• Capones Restaurant – 224 W Germantown Pike, Norristown PA
• Cedar Point Bar & Restaurant – 2370 E Norris St, Philadelphia PA
• Cheu Noodle Bar – 255 S 10th St, Philadelphia PA
• City Taphouse – 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Cold Spring Beverages – 773 Durham Rd, Newtown PA
• Craft Ale House – 708 W Ridge Pike, Royersford PA
• Craft Beer Outlet – 9910 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Dog & Bull Brew & Music – 810 Bristol Pike, Croydon PA
• East Falls Beverage – 4024 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia PA
• El Barrio – 1470 Buck Rd Village Shires Ce, Southampton PA
• Food And Friends – 1933 35 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• For Petes Sake – 900 S Front St, Philadelphia PA
• Frank A Smith Beverages – 180 Shoemaker Rd, Pottstown PA
• Franklin Beer Dist – 1837 Callowhill St, Philadelphia PA
• Frontier Saloon – 336 Kedron Ave, Folsom PA
• Global Beer Distributor – 1150 N American St, Philadelphia PA
• Grace Tavern – 2229 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Guilianos Deli – 2202 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside PA
• Hulmeville Inn – 4 Trenton Rd, Langhorne PA
• Iron Abbey – 680 N Easton Rd, Horsham PA
• Isacc Newtons – 18 S State St Rear, Newtown PA
• Javies Beverages – 4901 Umbria St, Philadelphia PA
• Kite & Key – 1836 42 Callowhill St, Philadelphia PA
• Kunda Beverage – 349 S Henderson Rd, King Of Prussia PA
• Latimer Deli – 255 S 15th St 257, Philadelphia PA
• Liones Pizzaria – 102 Wallace Ave, Downingtown PA
• Local 44 – 4333 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• Locust Deli – 236 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Madira – 1252 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Monde Market – 100 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Monks Cafe – 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia PA
• Northeast Beer – 7317 Castor Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Old Nelson Food – 3020 Market St, Philadelphia PA
• Old Philly Ale House – 565 N 20th St, Philadelphia PA
• Parkway Corner Deli – 2200 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia PA
• Pasquallys – 202 43rd St, Philadelphia PA
• Phillys Steaks & Beer – 160 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd, Langhorne PA
• Pinocchios Family Restaurant – 131 E Baltimore Ave, Media PA
• Rinos Pizza – 327 E Lancaster Ave, Exton PA
• Rons Original Bar & Grill – 74 E Uwchlan Ave, Exton PA
• Rye Brew – 2816 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia PA
• South Philly Tap Room – 1509 Mifflin St, Philadelphia PA
• Spinnerstown Hotel – 2195 Spinnerstown Rd, Quakertown PA
• Springfield Beer Dist – 2206 Washington Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Station Tap House – 194 W Ashland St, Doylestown PA
• Steam Pub – 606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton PA
• Stones Fairmount Bev Ctr – 1701 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Super Value Beverage Co – 625 Mearns Rd, Warminster PA
• The Beer Shoppe – 44 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore PA
• The Beer Store – 215 W Lancaster Ave, Malvern PA
• The Beer Store – 488 2nd St Pike, Southampton PA
• The Beer Yard – 218 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA
• The Bottle Shop – 1837 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia PA
• The Grey Lodge Pub – 6235 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• The Industry – 1401 Moyamensing, Philadelphia PA
• Thriftway #2497 – 2497 Aramingo Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Towamencin Beverage – 1555 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville PA
• Trenton Road Tavern – 1024 Trenton Rd, Levittown PA
• University City Dist – 4300 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Varga – 941 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• Via Marconi Pizza Pub – 190 Forty Foot Rd, Hatfield PA
• Whole Foods Market – 821 Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA
• Whole Foods Market – 500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting PA
• Whole Foods Market – 475 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills PA

  • ACE BEVERAGE – 3301 NEW MEXICO AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BARREL HOUSE LIQUORS – 1341 14TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BATCH 13 – 1724 14TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BELL WINE & LIQUOR – 1821 M ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BIER BARON HOTEL & TAVERN – 1523 22ND ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CAIRO LIQUOR STORE – 1618 17TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CALVERT WOODLEY LIQUORS – 4339 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CHEVY CHASE WINE & SPIRIT – 5544 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CIRCLE LIQUORS – 5501 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CITY TAP HOUSE – 901 9TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CLEVELAND PARK LIQUOR – 3423 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CONNECTICUT AVENUE LIQUOR – 1529 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • DVINES – 3103 14TH ST N W, WASHINGTON DC
  • FADO IRISH PUB – 808 7TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • HARRIS TEETER #231 – 1631 KALORAMA RD NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • IRVING LIQUORS – 3100 MT PLEASANT STR NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MAGRUDER LIQUOR – 5618 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • METRO LIQUORS – 1726 COLUMBIA RD NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MODERN LIQUORS – 1200 9TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MORRIS MILLER LIQUOR – 7804 ALASKA AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • NANNY O’BRIENS – 3319 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • NEW H WINE & SPIRITS – 914 H ST NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • OPEN DOOR MARKET – 2160 CALIFORNIA ST, WASHINGTON DC
  • ORANGE SPOON BUFFET – 1255 23RD ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • PREGO AGAIN – 1617 17TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • RIVERSIDE LIQUOR – 2123 E ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • RODMANS DISCOUNT DRUGS – 5100 WISCONSIN AVE NW STE B, WASHINGTON DC
  • SCHNEIDERS LIQUOR – 300 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • SHAW HOWARD DELI – 1911 7TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • SHERRYS WINE & SPIRITS – 2315 CALVERT ST NW STE A, WASHINGTON DC
  • SMOKE & BARREL – 2471 18TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • STAPLES BEER & WINE – 1364 FLORIDA AVE NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • SUDHOUSE – 1340 U ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • TENLEY MINI MARKET – 4326 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • TENLEY WINE & LIQUORS – 4525 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • VAN NESS LIQUORS – 4201 CONNECTICUT AVENW, WASHINGTON DC
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET
    • 1440 P ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
    • 2201 I ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
    • 2323 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • YES ORGANIC MARKET – 2123 14th St. NW, DC

Cheers to Small Business Saturday!

BTADSamuel Adams is celebrating 31 years of brewing, and despite our success, our Founder and Brewer Jim Koch hasn’t forgotten how hard it is to start and run a successful small business. That’s why in 2008, Jim created our company’s philanthropy program, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream.

Brewing the American Dream provides craft food, beverage, and brewing business owners with the two essential ingredients for success and that Jim didn’t have when he started brewing Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen: financing and real-world business advice.

This Saturday, November 28th is Small Business Saturday and and we encourage you to  join us in in stepping out to shop local and support small food and beverage entrepreneurs across the country. Read More

Everything You Need to Know about 2015 Batch of Samuel Adams Utopias

Utopias_1_Social MediaFor beer fanatics, Samuel Adams Utopias has become one of the most sought-after beers on earth. Only the ninth batch brewed since the first release in 2002, this year’s Utopias, like previous vintages, is a beer unlike any other. Sam Adams Utopias is the “lunatic fringe” of craft beer – it’s radical and pushes the limits – challenging the idea of what a beer can be.

What does it taste like?

Utopias is meant to be savored like a fine cognac or port. This rich, uncarbonated beer is known for its extraordinary flavor profile and is a blend of previous vintages aged in a variety of barrels.  Wood, toffee, cocoa, raisin and maple aromas contribute to the distinctive flavor of Utopias, which ranges from notes of molasses, earthy wood, dates, and light smoke to nuts and toffee.

With each new batch of Utopias our brewers push for a complex flavor profile, and during this process have created brews with alcohol levels reaching over 30% ABV; this year’s beer is 28% ABV and is best enjoyed as a two ounce pour in a snifter glass at room temperature.  We often blend down because the goal is to create complex flavors, not an extreme alcohol percentage. Read More

A Limited Release Collaboration Beer: Time Hop Porter

ChuckAlekWe are excited to announce the release of Samuel Adams Time Hop Porter™, a limited-edition hopped porter brewed in collaboration with San Diego based brewery, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers!

Husband and wife team at ChuckAlek, Grant Fraley and Marta Jankowski, are committed to their mission of making “Old School Beers for New School Palates.”  ChuckAlek’s brewery is based just outside of San Diego and they recently announced their official plans to open a second location in San Diego to be called, ChuckAlek Biergarten!

It has truly been an awesome year for Grant and Marta as they were also selected as the recipients of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Brewing and Business Experienceship. As part of the program, the ChuckAlek team came to our Boston Brewery in May to receive coaching from the our Brewery team and collaborate with us on a beer – Time Hop Porter.

“We learned so much about business planning and moving our brewery forward in the few days we had with the Sam Adams team,” Marta said about her time spent in Boston. “The advice and mentoring is already having a positive impact on our business as we look toward opening our next tasting room. Our favorite part about the whole experience was developing the recipe for Time Hop Porter and brewing the collaboration beer at the Boston Brewery.” Read More

Infographic: The Marriage of IPA’s and Buffalo Wings

To celebrate IPA Day today, our brewers enlisted the help of the Culinary Institute of America to prove once and for all what the connection between the hop bitterness in India Pale Ale’s and the heat found in spicy foods.

The scientific experiment involved two key ingredients – a flight of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA beers and Buffalo style chicken wings.

Checkout our findings below and read about Director of Brewery Program Jennifer Glanville’s trip to the CIA here.

 

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Fire Up #IPADay with a Spicy Pairing!

Jennifer and the CIAAs a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, one of my favorite things to do is pair our beers with food and I know I’m not alone. In fact, many brewers have a theory about pairing IPAs with food: the bitterness in hops affects the heat in spicy food.

To celebrate IPA Day (Thursday, August 6), we put this theory to the test and I joined the awesome culinary professionals at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. to “study” this theory. My excitement level was off the charts to conduct an official sensory experiment with food experts.  If tests at school had been this fun, I’d be back in a heartbeat!

How We Did It: The Taste Panel & Sample Ballot

At the CIA, we tested this theory using an easy method and delicious materials. We tasted the three West Coast-style IPAs in our Rebel family – Rebel IPA, Rebel Rider Session IPA, and Rebel Rouser Double IPA – alongside a single recipe of Buffalo wings. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Read More

Samuel Adams and Duke’s Raise a Pint to Father’s Day

Dukes_GingerCitrus_SAcanHere at the Boston Brewery, we’re getting ready to toast dads all across the country on Father’s Day. Of course, we’ll have a Boston Lager in hand, but this year our brewers teamed up with the meat experts at Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats to raise the bar for the ultimate Father’s Day DIY: Samuel Adams Boston Lager-infused beef jerky.

Perfect for creating and enjoying with dad on his special day, Boston Lager-infused jerky is both easy to make and delicious, and while you’re marinating the thinly sliced beef in beer and spices, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with dad over a Boston Lager.

For the recipe below,  Boston Lager Fresh Ginger & Citrus jerky, the citrus flavors in the marinade and meat rub are enhanced by the citrus character from the Noble hops in Boston Lager. The malt character from the Boston Lager also imparts an underlying flavor that perfectly complements the flavors of the meat. The end result is a deliciously complex jerky with lingering spiciness. Read More

Elevate Your Summer Beer-B-Q with Summer Ale Soaked Wood Chips & Recipes

What’s better than combining two of America’s favorite summer traditions – grilling and craft beer?

As a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, I’m always trying new ways to incorporate beer in my recipes. With a summer of grilling and enjoying refreshing Summer Ale ahead of us, we worked with grillmaster Kevin Kolman from Weber Grills® to develop a fun DIY activity for craft beer-loving and backyard BBQ pit masters alike: Samuel Adams Summer ale-soaked wood chips and beer infused recipes.

Soaking wood chips in Samuel Adams beer adds a new element to smoking on the grill. When placed on the hot coals of a charcoal grill or in a smoker tray on a gas grill, Weber Applewood Chips soaked in Samuel Adams Summer Ale infuse flavors into grilled food. The unique flavors  imparted by this method include a slightly sweet and citrusy note imparted by the lemon peel in Summer Ale along with a subtle peppery flavor from Grains of Paradise used as a spice in the brew.

If you’re firing your grill this this summer, wow friends and family with our easy method for wood chips soaked in Summer Ale and check out this flavorful recipe for Summer Ale salmon filets. Read More

For the Love of (Learning About) Beer

We’re proud of an important benchmark we recently hit at Samuel Adams. This milestone isn’t directly tied to brewing, but it’s certainly beer related. We’re excited to share that 16 members of our Samuel Adams team were recently named Certified Cicerones® after passing a rigorous day-long exam. That puts us at over 100 employees that have passed, with 115 in total!

If you aren’t familiar with the Cicerone Certification Program, it is a program that seeks to ensure that beer drinkers receive the best quality beer possible by designating experts in the field who are well versed in five focus areas:

  • Beer Storage, Sales and Service
  • Beer Styles and Culture
  • Beer Tasting and Flavors
  • Brewing Ingredients and Processes
  • Pairing Beer with Food

Much like a sommelier is an expert in wine, Certified Cicerones® and Master Cicerones® are experts in beer who have to pass written and sampling exams to be labeled with this distinction.

Studying isn’t anything new for us though… training has been engrained in our culture from the earliest days of the brewery. Jim believes that the more you know and understand about beer, the more you’ll appreciate craft beer. This passion for beer is why we have robust beer and brewing training programs for our employees (yes – even for the folks in finance and IT) including specific Cicerone Certification Program trainings.

All new employees at Boston Beer, no matter what their role is, start their careers off with a week-long intensive orientation program focused on everything from beer ingredients, the brewing process, beer styles, identifying “off favors” in beer and the reasons why, and even pairing foods with different Samuel Adams beer styles. Need help setting up your home kegerator? Chances are our Account Payable manager in Finance can help you.

Congratulations to our newest batch of Certified Cicerones® and cheers to being passionate (and knowledgeable) about beer! More than 600 of our employees have passed the Cicerone Level 1 Beer Server Exam, so we look forward to adding more Certified Cicerones® in the coming years.

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A Letter from Jim: It’s LongShot Season!

LongShot 2015I’m pleased to announce that the 2015 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, celebrating its 19th year, is now open! For those not familiar with our LongShot contest, this is a special competition we like to host here at Samuel Adams that looks to find and recognize some of the best homebrewers in the country. Each year we choose two amateur homebrewers and one Samuel Adams employee winner to have their beer brewed and distributed nationally. This year we’re introducing a new twist to the competition – we will select one winner from east of the Mississippi River and one from the west, to join the Samuel Adams employee winner in the final 6-pack.

Homebrewing is a big piece of the DNA that makes up our Samuel Adams team. Over 30 years ago I was just another homebrewer in my kitchen, constantly sanitizing equipment and tinkering with ingredients as I worked on my craft. After several batches made their way to the sink drain (happens to the best of us homebrewers), the first batch of our Samuel Adams Boston Lager was born in my kitchen and the rest is history. To this day much of our research and development for new brews are first created on brew systems that are not much different from what you’ll see in an avid homebrewer’s garage or basement.  And I still look forward to each issue of Zymurgy. Read More

Cooking with Sam: Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef and Samuel Adams Beer-Braised Red Cabbage

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it is the perfect time to celebrate with a traditional Irish dish! You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate a great corned beef.  And to make the ultimate corned beef, using Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Irish Red as a base for this classic brine will only make everything better.

Try our recipe for Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef and Samuel Adams Beer-Braised Red Cabbage:

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Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef
Serves 4-6

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#CheersToYou262: Boston 26.2 Brew Returns

We’ve been experiencing (nearly) record snowfall here in Boston this winter, and we’re all ready for signs of spring. One of the momentous occasions that lets us know spring has finally arrived is the Boston Marathon, which has been celebrated on Patriot’s Day for more than 100 years.

This is especially meaningful for me because I had the official release of my first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager to the public on Patriots Day in 1985.  About half of our first 25 bars were within three blocks of the finish line.  So, the Marathon’s finish line was my starting line.

This is our fourth year as a proud sponsor of the Boston Marathon, and for the fourth year in a row we are brewing a commemorative beer for the race – Boston 26.2 Brew – to toast the runners and spectators.

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Yesterday, we tapped the very first keg of Boston 26.2 Brew at Back Bay Social Club, a bar that shares an address with the race course. I was joined by Christopher Laudani, the bartender who inspired the city (and a lot of folks on the Internet) when he shoveled the Boston Marathon finish line during a blizzard on January 27th. We were also joined by Tom Grilk, Executive Director of The Boston Athletic Association. After seeing Chris’ dedication and passion, we knew we wanted him to help us celebrate the return of this very special beer.

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Play Boston Bingo to Support Small Businesses

As you may have noticed, we’ve gotten A LOT of snow here in Boston over the past month. While the snow is a big pain for us as we shovel out our sidewalks and driveways and navigate narrow, snow-filled streets, one community that has been really negatively impacted by this weather is a community we are very passionate about: small business owners.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his Office of Economic Development share our love for our hometown and have developed a fun game for all of us in the Boston area to support local businesses: Boston Bingo!

Photo via Mike Bednarsky, West Roxbury Patch

Mayor Martin Walsh, Carlene O’Garro of Delectable Desires, and Jim Koch Photo via Mike Bednarsky, West Roxbury Patch

All you need to do to participate is download this official Bingo card, visit your favorite corresponding local businesses between now and March 15th, and enter electronically or in person (instructions for how to enter here). People who participate have the chance to win great prizes such as coffee with the Mayor, Bruins tickets, and more! Most importantly, you’ll get to support some really great small businesses in the area.

Looking for ideas of great small businesses to check out in the Boston area? We got you covered! Through our Brewing the American Dream program, we work with a lot of awesome small businesses in the food and beverage industries all throughout Boston by providing them with access to small business loans, and small business coaching and mentoring.

Here are some suggestions of places where you can check off squares on your Boston Bingo card:

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