By: Sam Adams Editorial Team
| Published: March 20th, 2014
We’re excited for you self-proclaimed “hop-heads” and IPA lovers out there to check out our newest IPA Hopology pack, which features a wide range of IPAs. Each beer in this pack brings something different to the table, and we are trying something new with our most recent addition: Roggen Wolf, a Rye IPA.
A beer is a “rye” beer when rye is substituted for some portion of the malted barley. It was common to use rye in beers in Germany until the 15th Century when a series of bad crops caused a big shortage of rye. When this happened, rye was only allowed to be used for baking bread. The practice of using rye in beers has since made a resurgence in Germany and in American craft brewing.
We caught up with one of our brewers who works in our nano-brewery, Eryn Bottens, to talk about his first commercially available brew and to find out what it’s like to work in the Samuel Adams nano-brewery.
Q: What is your role as a nano-brewer at Sam Adams?
A: I’m a brewer, and one of my jobs is to help create new beer recipes in the nano-brewery, which is located within our Boston brewery. We do all of our beer development and trial brews here.
The nano-brewery is essentially a mini brewery where we can be creative and innovative. Working on a small scale, we can do a lot of experimentation.
Sometimes we want to try brewing with a unique or special ingredient or try a new process. Recently we did some test brewing with several new varieties of hops. We brewed a series of single hopped beers to see how the different hops change the profile of the beer, what is the sensory effect, and if we might want to use them in an upcoming brew.
Q: What is Roggen Wolf, and what is it like compared to other IPAs we have brewed in the past?
A: Roggen Wolf is the first Rye IPA that we’ve released. The use of rye helped us brew a mellow IPA with a robust spice character. Roggen Wolf is brewed with Galaxy and Ahtanum hops – which are two pretty unique hop varieties. Galaxy hops are from Australia and add really nice citrus, peach and passionfruit notes while the American Ahtanum hops add floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit notes to the brew. The hop notes are really complemented by the subtle peppery note from the rye in the finish.
Q: What was the process like for developing Roggen Wolf?
A: It took around three months to get from the initial idea to transition into production. The challenging part was figuring out how much rye to include in the malt bill – if you add too much, it can lead to a stuck mash.
I enjoyed working with rye because it imparts a spicy quality that malted barley doesn’t. It is an ingredient that we don’t use in our beers that often – it makes for a unique flavor contribution.
Q: What would you pair Roggen Wolf with?
This beer pairs really nicely with smoked Gouda or charcuterie because the hoppiness off the brew cuts through the richness of the cheese. The combination of hops and the spiciness of the rye also accentuates the flavor of dishes like jerk chicken or pulled pork.
Q: Roggen Wolf was a big project for you – how did it feel the first time you saw the final bottle in the IPA Hopology Pack?
A: I was really excited! The beer came out great and the label is really awesome. I’m looking forward to hearing what people have to say about it outside the brewery. It’s really rewarding to see something I worked hard on come to fruition and be made available to drinkers.
Q: What is your favorite Samuel Adams beer?
A: Black Lager – it’s delicious. It’s a dark lager with a good hop profile that is light, and not super boozy.
Want to try Roggen Wolf? It is available for a limited time in our newly released IPA Hopology Variety Pack.
(Photo provided by Hannah O’Leary, Oregon State University Photographer)
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: Boston Brewery Crew
| Published: April 19th, 2012
Since last week, spirits here at the brewery have enjoyed quite the lift from the scores of Boston Marathon runners who have stopped in for tours. Pre-race attitudes were hopeful and confident, but after surviving Monday’s scorcher, our guests’ emotions were downright exuberant. Free beer has a funny way of doing that to people.
“Marathon Tuesday” (as we dubbed it) raced into the brewery with a flurry of excitement as we squeezed in two early tours before the day’s usual starting time of 10 a.m. (Fair warning: there will be plenty more bad running puns to come.) To salute our visitors, we arranged special tours for marathoners and their cheering sections to check out the brewery, pick up a commemorative 26.2 ounce (naturally) mug and, most importantly, share some Boston 26.2 Brew.
Considering the race day’s nearly 90-degree heat, it would be understandable to find surly, exhausted runners on Tuesday, but our guests of honor were just the opposite. Their infectious energy was inspiring, given that less than 24 hours before visiting they had pounded out 26.2 miles in record high heat. They even smiled when discussing the events of the previous day.
“It was rough,” said Christie, a Chicagoan, as she collected her mug and grinned ear to ear. “It was tough to get through that course on a hot day.”
Cheers to 26.2!
Christie named the three biggest challenges of her first Boston Marathon as the oppressive heat, the punishing hills and the cold she’s been battling. We’d like to think that the sample of Boston 26.6 Brew was boosting Christie’s mood, but it seems everything about her trip to Boston was making her smile.
“The spectators on the course were fantastic,” she said.
Also getting high marks from Christie: her 26.2 Brew mug, the tour, the tasting room, and her tour guide, Audrey.
Of the nine marathons he’s run, Ken of Morton, Ill., said this year’s Boston Marathon was by far the hardest.
“It was brutal,” he said.
When asked if he’d have appreciated a beer handed to him along the route, Ken said normally he’d love one – except for yesterday, when the temptation from a brew in the heat would likely have lured him away from the task at hand.
“Yesterday, I would have just stopped and said, ‘I’m going to party with you,’” he said with a laugh and I made a mental note to offer beers to any of-age runners in need during subsequent marathons. A year-plus spent conducting brewery tours and tastings has taught me that the girl who gives people beer is usually the most popular girl around.
To demonstrate just how tough these runners were, the Boston Athletic Association offered deferrals to any would-be marathoners who would rather run next year than deal with this year’s heat wave. These guys and gals powered through and still came out the next day for some brews. Frankly, after running 26.2 miles, I’d have declared the next day Official Wallow in Smugness and Eat Ice Cream Day, but this lowly brewery ambassador also hasn’t endeavored to run more than two miles since the days of high school track practice.
Running 26.2 miles deserves a 26.2 oz. mug!
For any runners looking to relive their marathon between now and next Patriots’ Day, the limited edition 26.2 Brew mugs feature the course route and elevation so they can drink their way from Hopkinton to Boston. Handing these hefty mugs to the incredible athletes who have come to visit us has been quite humbling. It has been an honor to teach them about beer, just as it was inspiring to watch them charge down Beacon Street on Monday.
What’s been just as exciting is all our brewery guests’ warm reception. Every toast to the marathoners has been met with a resounding “Cheers!” from the entire tasting room. While we’re all supremely proud of the runners, we’re most appreciative of the inspiration they’ve given our brewers to craft 26.2 Brew. I’ll spend part of the off-season pondering lacing up my sneakers, but until then I’m back in the brewery for a potential Marathon Thursday today!