By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: August 6th, 2015
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.
By: Jim Koch
| Published: March 11th, 2015
I’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.
There’s no denying that the revolution in Craft beer over the last 30 years is due in large part to homebrewers and craft brewers (many who started as homebrewers). A few short years after homebrewing was made legal here in the United States (February of 1979), my good friend Charlie Papazian founded the Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association. In 1984, Charlie published The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, which today remains the “bible of home brewing”. Many avid homebrewers from the 1980s and 1990s have gone on to be successful craft brewers and are a driving force to the 3,000+ active craft breweries we see today.
Whether you consider yourself a homebrewing “weekend warrior” or you have aspirations to make beer brewing a career, I encourage you to participate in the LongShot American Homebrew Contest. While we’ve had winners go on to become professional brewers (as was the case with Cesar Marron, winner of the 2013 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, who opened Sketchbook Brewing Company in Evanston, IL following his win), we’ve seen plenty of casual homebrewers take the crown. And the competition between our employees? Let’s just say the bar gets raised higher and higher each year.
I look forward to seeing the brews start rolling in and I wish you the best of luck. To learn more about the contest and get started, head over to www.SamuelAdams.com/LongShot.
By: Jim Koch
| Published: March 6th, 2015
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.
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.
Much like the elite group of remarkable athletes that takes on a 26.2 miles of a marathon race, this brew is a rare find. Boston 26.2 Brew is an unfiltered wheat ale with a light body and lower ABV, that is airy and refreshing but also full of character and flavor, like light cereal notes, a hint of salt and peppery coriander. We can’t wait to share this beer with the runners and spectators that are in town to celebrate the 119th Boston Marathon, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we do.
Following the events that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon, we committed to donating the profits from the sale of the beer to The Greg Hill Foundation, which provided support to survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy and their families. This year, we are continuing that commitment and will donate profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew sold along the marathon route to The Greg Hill Foundation, who is helping to meet some of the long-term needs of survivors.
Boston 26.2 Brew will be available on draft only at race-related events, at pubs and restaurants along the marathon route, and for the first time, a limited number of pubs and restaurants throughout New England.
Click here to see where you can find Boston 26.2 Brew – and cheers!
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: September 8th, 2014
We’re not releasing the Kraken, but it feels that way as we unleash one of our latest projects – the 2014 release of Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru.
“KMF,” as we fondly refer to this beer, is a unique Belgian ale, brewed and fermented with multiple micro-organisms found in our historic 150-year old Boston Brewery. The beer is then aged in Hungarian oak tuns in our Barrel Room for over a year.
Now, for the first time, we’re taking KMF on a mini coast-to-coast tour to share with drinkers like you starting this week in our hometown of Boston.
The KMF Grand Cru Tasting Tour will visit 12 cities from September through November, with this funky brew available on tap in select locations throughout each stop. The final tour stop will be determined by your vote! so make sure you and your friends cast your votes and tell us where you want KMF Grand Cru to make its final stop.
The Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru Tasting Tour will visit:
Week of September 8, 2014
Week of September 22, 2014
Week of September 29, 2014
Week of October 6, 2014
Week of October 13, 2014
Week of October 20, 2014
Week of October 20, 2014
Week of November 3, 2014
Week of November 11, 2014
Week of November 11, 2014
Week of November 17, 2014
TBD – Drinkers Choice! Vote now!
For tour dates and to vote for your city as the final stop, visit www.SamuelAdams.com/kmf.
The Back Story
The inspiration behind Kosmic Mother Funk was Belgian beer, and the varied styles and brewing techniques like blending, aging and conditioning which yield wild and flavorful results. Our brewers began a few years ago by taking a Belgian ale and aging it in Hungarian oak tuns and as time went on the beer continued to evolve and take on a life and character of its own, only to be described as a kosmic collection of flavors. The porous character of the wood allows air to slowly seep into the beer during secondary fermentation, smoothing out any harsh flavors. Wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus also interact with the aging brew, imparting unique spicy, fruity and bright tart flavors. Long contact with the wood imparts its own flavors of oak and vanilla. This resulting brew was so unique that the brewers started experimenting with blending the beer at varying levels into a series of Belgian brews, which ultimately became the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection.
For this ‘Grand Cru’ release, we added a touch of Belgian candi sugar to balance the beer’s tart acidity and lend a smoothness and sweetness to the finish. The result is a wild, funky and complex ale, with a depth of flavors ranging from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet.
For more on the back story of this funky brew, check out this short video from our head brewer and Samuel Adams founder, Jim Koch:
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: July 29th, 2014
We’re proud to join 69 brewers across 22 states to participate in this year’s edition of Ales for ALS! As part of the program, we brewed a specialty Ales for ALS beer (a hoppy pale ale) brewed with a special blend of hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion and designed by Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, Bell’s Brewery’s John Mallet, and Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman. (Click here to learn more about this specialty hop blend).
To celebrate the launch of this limited brew, we will be hosting four Open Taps Nights at the Brewery during the month of August!
A $20 admission fee gets you entry into one of the four Open Taps Nights and includes: a full pint of the Ales for ALS brew, four beer samples, and a food truck meal pairing. All proceeds are being donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI).
We will have a different food truck at each event. Here are the dates and who will be at each one:
August 6th – Trolley Dogs
August 8th – Teri-Yummy
August 20th - Lilian’s Smokin’ Rack BBQ
August 22nd - Stock Pot Malden
We hope you can join us for one (or more) of these events! Please RSVP here.
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: May 6th, 2014
Are you looking forward to the summer weather as much as us? Join us for a night out under the stars with Samuel Adams Brew & View.
We’re excited to be partnering with Food Should Taste Good, Life is Good, and Uber (who will be giving out codes for $20 vouchers for first time riders) to bring Samuel Adams Brew & View to 21 cities across the US.
So, what is Samuel Adams Brew & View? It’s a summer festival that brings together some of our favorite things:
Cold Samuel Adams beer – We’ll have Boston Lager and Summer Ale, and you’ll get to sample some specialty beers that you maybe haven’t had before.
Food trucks – We’re inviting favorite local food trucks to show off the best local food in select cities.
Lawn games – Who doesn’t love corn hole, giant jenga, and dunk tanks?
Live music – We’ll have some great local cover bands playing live.
And of course, a giant outdoor movie screen – We’ll settle in for the night for an outdoor HD screening of Wedding Crashers.
The event is free to attend, but space is limited, so click on the link below to reserve your spot. Remember, you must be 21+ to enjoy Sam Adams Brew & View.
So grab your lawn chairs, beach blankets, and friends and meet us at an event near you. For more details and tickets, check out samadamsbrewandview.com.
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!
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: September 23rd, 2013
Over the past year, Massachusetts resident Todd Ruggere has visited all 351 towns in the state to enjoy a Samuel Adams; all while raising money for the Jimmy Fund. We had the chance to talk to Todd about his favorite memories from the tour, including an interesting day at a nudist colony.
Q: What made you decide to do this?
A: For years, I wanted to come up with a cool way to raise money for children’s cancer research in Boston. When I decided to explore Massachusetts by drinking a beer in every town, I thought this would be the perfect way to raise money. Who wouldn’t want to drink beer for charity?
Q: Why are you raising money for this particular cause?
A: I’ve always been touched by the Jimmy Fund commercials on TV. I have been fortunate not to have anyone close to me have cancer, but at most of the stops throughout the state, I met someone that either has cancer, or has a close family member with cancer. It affects everyone.
Q: Did all 351 towns serve beer?
A: Surprisingly, no! There are approximately 35 dry towns where there is nowhere to drink. In those towns, I depended on the generosity of local people to invite me into their homes. Residents of Colrain, Heath, Florida, Peru, Middlefield, Mt. Washington, and many more had cookouts and supplied Sam Adams for my visit. The town of Alford actually had a concert when I showed up. The most difficult location to coordinate was Gosnold, which is on the Elizabeth Islands. The Town Hall representative called me to invite me over, arranged for a ferry, and had an event where I was able to meet all of the 22 year-round residents. The memories I have will last me a lifetime.
Q: What is the craziest thing you have done or seen on your journey?
A: If I had to pick one, it would have to be town #340, Hancock. Back in May, I received a phone call from the owner of Berkshire Vista nudist resort in Hancock who invited me to come there for the day to have my beer. I knew this is something I had to do. It was quite the experience once you get over the initial shock – the place was gorgeous. If I were a nudist, for more than just one day, this is the place I’d go!
Q: What is your favorite style of Sam Adams?
A: My favorite will always be Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but during this quest I’ve had time to try just about every style of Samuel Adams. I also love Latitude 48, Double Agent IPL, and OctoberFest.
Todd will have his final beer of the tour tonight at the Boston Brewery with our very own Jim Koch. If you’d like to learn more about Todd’s journey, check out his website 351samadams.com.
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: September 12th, 2013
We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with The Greg Hill Foundation to host a Celebrity Stein Hoist at our annual Octoberfest event on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Park Plaza Castle! Former players from the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and New England Patriots will go head to head—or stein to stein—to compete in a traditional stein hoisting competition to raise money for Boston Marathon victims.
So, who will these athletes turned hoisters be?
Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots offensive lineman
Dana Barros, former Boston Celtics point guard
Lou Merloni, radio personality and former Boston Red Sox second baseman
Bob Sweeney, former Boston Bruins center
We will also be joined by Greg Hill, founder of The Greg Hill Foundation and host of WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show.
Need more reason to join us? We will also be offering a very unique tasting booth. For a $10 donation to the Greg Hill Foundation, you can sample Utopias, one of the strongest beers in the world (29% ABV). According to Jim, “ Utopias invokes the flavors of rich vintage port, fine Cognac or aged sherry, while feeling surprisingly light on the palate.” It’s a tasting experience you won’t soon forget.
Tickets for both Friday night and Saturday’s all day Octoberfest Celebration are on sale now. It’s a release party, and a celebration of all things good about beer, brewing and Octoberfest in Boston. The event will feature more than 15 specialty beer styles, stein hoisting competitions, food and beer pairings, giveaways and more!
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: July 2nd, 2013
Ever since the new Sam Cans hit shelves this spring, we’ve been hearing great feedback and we’ve seen with our own eyes, how excited drinkers are to take the Sam Can with them out into the great outdoors. Being able to take your beer with you where bottles aren’t allowed is one of the benefits of canning beer.
Now we’re taking Boston Lager to new heights. Literally. Be on the lookout for the Sam Can on JetBlue flights!
To celebrate, earlier today Jim and Marty St. George (JetBlue’s SVP of Marketing and Commercial) surprised travelers with an in-air Sam Can tasting (a first for Jim!). On the flight (headed to NYC from Boston), Jim handed out Boston Lager cans (to all the lucky 21+ passengers) and took the group through a sampling of his first and favorite brew … 35,000-feet in the air.
Jim and Marty St. George tastes passengers on JetBlue flight from Boston to JFK Airport in New York City.
Jim kept the festivities going in the JFK T5 Terminal.
Jim reported back that the July 4th holiday travelers couldn’t have been happier about their choice of ‘in-flight entertainment.’
And for those folks sticking close to home this holiday – don’t worry. Now that Boston Lager is available in cans, it’s the perfect brew to accompany you to the grill, beach on the golf course or even on a boat.
Enjoy your Independence Day and be sure to show us where you’re taking your Boston Lager can this summer.
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: December 6th, 2012
It’s no secret that all of us here at the brewery love lager. And we thought – what better way to celebrate National Lager Day on December 10th than with the brew that gave Jim his start back in 1984, surrounded by friends. So on Monday, we encourage you to raise a pint with us as we salute our favorite family of beer – lager!
For those of you not familiar with this style, lager is a type of beer that encompasses a wide variety of styles ranging from light pilsners to rauchbiers to darker bocks. So what links them together? Lagers are fermented and conditioned for longer aging times than ales at lower temperatures which yields clean flavors and allows the malt and hops in the beer to shine. Our Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed with two-row malted barley to give the beer its body and flavors ranging from slightly sweet to roasted, and Bavarian Noble hops which impart floral, piney and citrus notes. To take our brew a step forward we age Boston Lager longer to maximize and enhance the complex flavor combinations.
Now back to National Lager day. To help pay homage to this style of beer, we’re hosting The Great Samuel Adams Boston Lager Log Off on Monday night. We want you to close the computer and put the phone away for a few hours and kick back with a delicious craft lager at your favorite watering hole in celebration of good beer and good conversation.
Here’s how to celebrate National Lager Day and participate in the Log Off with us:
- Step 1: Follow and tweet @SamuelAdamsBeer with the hashtag #BostonLagerLogOff and where you’re celebrating National Lager Day; or post on Facebook and tag Samuel Adams (be sure to snap a photo of you and your lager).
- Step 2: Then log off, just for a bit. Shut off your phone and/or computer and join us in celebrating National Lager Day with a Boston Lager, free from distractions.
Let’s face it… the best conversations are held in-person and usually with a beer in-hand. Don’t believe us? Here are two great stories from Jim and our Boston Brewery manager:
On December 10th be sure to put down the phone and pick-up a Boston Lager!
“One of my favorite things about being a brewer is coming up with ideas for new beers and experimenting with ingredients. Some of the best ideas we have ever come up with have been when a few of us brewers are together, relaxing and enjoying a pint of Boston Lager. A few years ago we were drinking some Boston Lager and talking about how much we love the Noble hops we use and the flavor these specific hops give to the beer. We thought how great it would be if we could make a beer with Noble hops so fresh that they got from the vine in Germany to our kettle in Boston in under 24 hours. Well, we made it happen with only 45 minutes to spare. And it’s times like this I’m grateful for good conversations and good beer and the role they both had in making this special beer happen.” – Jennifer Glanville, brewer
“My best experience over a Boston Lager would have to be one time at a restaurant, on a blind date. I disconnected from everything I had going on, and had a great lunch with great conversation. We were married a year later.” – Jim Koch, founder and brewer
“Craft beer lovers are a special bunch. You talk to them about a beer they drank years ago and they remember every detail…the color, the nuanced aroma, how long the hop flavor lingered…They even recollect where they were and who they were with when they had it. The best beers can be like liquid time machines!
For me, one of my favorite memories of having a Boston Lager is actually the first time I had one. It was one of my first “beer memories”. I can tell you the year I had it, the pub I was at, the friends I was with and even the band that was playing. I specifically remember the beer…how much I loved the aroma, then the flavor…and then I was hooked.” – Grant McCracken, brewer
Be sure to join us on Monday as we log-off and enjoy time with friends and family… in-person! Cheers!
By: Jennifer Glanville
| Published: November 28th, 2012
Most of us here at the brewery know what a great pairing beer and chocolate can be (as we’ve alluded to before), but we thought it would come as a surprise to others who might think of wine as THE traditional pairing. So to prove our point, we came together with our friends at TCHO (pronounced “choh”) to design the Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box, a gift box that pairs a premium chocolate style with brews from our Winter Classics Variety Pack. (Who wouldn’t want to find this combo in their stocking?)
Truly the best of both worlds.
TCHO is an artisanal craft chocolate maker in San Francisco. They take their chocolate as seriously as we take our beer, so we jumped at the chance to work with them. TCHO’s Chief Chocolate Maker Brad Kintzer and I sat down to taste, discuss and thoughtfully pair our beers with their wide variety of chocolates.
Comparing both of our respective crafts, Brad and I were amazed by the similarities in the chocolate making process and the brewing process and how complementary the resulting flavors can be. Many of the flavors found in cocoa and chocolate can also be found in beer, and you can really taste the synergy when they are paired together. For example, my favorite pairing (if I had to pick) was probably our Samuel Adams White Christmas with TCHO’s PureNotes™ Dark “Fruity” – I was surprised by how nicely the berry notes of the chocolate complemented the citrus and wheat characters of the ale.
As many of you know, this is not the first time we’ve brought our crafts together and used the incredible flavors of chocolate and beer to enhance each other. Each holiday season we brew Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a smooth, rich and dark beer that is part of our Winter Classics Variety Pack, with a blend of cocoa nibs, including Ecuador nibs from TCHO, to impart complex aromas and flavors.
So what makes the pairing of chocolate and beer so good? For us, it’s the malty sweetness and rich flavors of craft beer that enhance and enrich the flavors of rich premium chocolate. The carbonation of the beer also cleanses our palate from the heavy finish of the chocolate. So after each sip our palate is ready for another taste of sweet chocolate.
We think this assortment of specialty chocolates will prove to any foodie that beer and chocolate are the perfect combination. Want to try it for yourself or grab a gift for your favorite craft beer lover? The Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box is available by visiting TCHO online with limited quantities also available at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery gift shop. Our Winter Classics Variety Pack is available through December and can be found by visiting our Find a Sam page.
The Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box includes 12 8g chocolates, and the first 150 orders will also include two Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glasses.
By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: November 5th, 2012
Like any true craftsman, brewers never stop working at perfecting their craft. No matter how delicious a particular beer might be, a brewer will take each sip with the thought of “what could I do to make this brew even better?”
This brings us to our latest release of Latitude 48 IPA.
In furthering our experimental brewing process around India Pale Ale style, we’ve been experimenting with different hop styles over the past year and have decided to add Mosaic hops to the hop line-up in our Latitude 48 IPA. This newer style, from the Yakima, WA growing region, provided our brewers a floral and tropical fruit character and a fresh, unique flavor that we felt would be well received from Sam drinkers with a love for hop-forward brews.
Jim first encountered this unique hop style during one of his trips to the west coast back in the mid-2000’s and picked-out thirty pounds of the variety. He first used Mosaic hops in the creation of our limited-edition beer, SAVOR Flowers, which was brewed in collaboration with Sam Calagione and our friends at Dogfish Head for the SAVOR Festival back in June of 2011. If you were at SAVOR or had a chance to try this one-time brew can attest to the great floral notes that Mosaic hops provides in a beer.
Our 2013 batch of Latitude 48 IPA is driven by the new Mosaic hop variety, which adds a fresh, unique flavor to this already-complex brew. Latitude 48 will stay true to its name, showcasing only hops from 48th latitude along the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere which includes: Bavarian Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops for a citrus and spicy note, UK east Kent Goldings hops for an earthy and woody character, and US Simcoe and Zeus hops for piney, grapefruit flavors. An upfront sweetness will also will be present within Latitude 48 along with notes of honey and caramel from the malt, which nicely complement the complex hop character.
The 2013 release of Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA will roll out in February and will be available in 6-packs and 12-packs nationwide.
By: Jennifer Glanville
| Published: August 6th, 2012
Before you get the wrong idea, this post is not a fluff piece pandering to bloggers in hopes of securing a few positive pieces for Sam Adams. Variety is the spice of life and we know people have a wide variety of opinions on many of our beers and craft beer in general. The community of beer bloggers helps keep the beer industry healthy and dynamic. While we’re always happy to read a positive review, we respect the not so nice reviews and the downright negative ones as well. Honest feedback is the only way to get better at one’s craft and brewers are no different. We take feedback and review however we can get it… beer forums, blog posts and even check-in applications such as Pintley and Untappd. Of course the feedback we receive in a face to face conversation is always the best as it gives us a chance to really dive into the positives (or negatives) of a person’s thoughts of a beer we’ve created.
This brings me to the Beer Bloggers Conference I attended in Indianapolis a few weeks ago. Talk about a passionate group of people who love beer! While my visit was short due to family obligations back in Boston, I had a great time chatting with many of the bloggers in attendance. I loved feeding off their energy as we discussed their favorite beer style, the first Sam Adams they’d ever had, and what homebrew might have been aging back home. I was asked the tough questions too, like if we were ever going to can our beer (Jim’s said that day will come someday, I just don’t know when) and when I expected Jim to “retire” (I can’t envision that day, let alone speculate on when it would happen!)
One of my biggest takeaways from chatting with different bloggers was that drinkers today are more engaged than they were ten years ago when I started. As brewers have become more experimental in what they brew, the drinker has embraced the variety that craft brewing can provide. While I won’t pretend to be the second coming of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, I’d guess the rise of social media has helped seed the growth in engagement. And as the U.S. craft beer industry continues to rise, we’ll likely see the engagement and discussion for craft beer rise as well!
I also enjoyed (as I have many times before) listening to Garrett Oliver’s, brewmaster from Brooklyn Brewery, key note address before we headed off to dinner. Garret spoke about the changes he had seen over the years being in the industry and how brewers are like artists – we all listen to the feedback but at the end of the day we create the masterpieces we want to create. I’ll raise a glass to that! While there is always a time and place to come together and collaborate on a great beer, I agree that at the end of the day you have to brew the styles and use the ingredients you’re passionate about.
Enough blogging… time to get back to the brewery! Thank you to everyone who came up to say hello and introduce yourself. Maybe one day the conference will come to Boston so we can have you stop by the brewery for a beer!