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

#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.


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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The (Kosmic Mother) Funk is Coming

KMF Grand Cru_504x504 LogoWe’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. Read More

Calling all Rebels!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 11.27 editAfter countless test batches in our nanobrewery, we are ready to share Samuel Adams Rebel IPA with drinkers across the country!

What’s a nanobrewery? Think of it as our test kitchen, like where Jim Koch first brewed Boston Lager 30 years ago. Our nano, as we like to call it, is a small brewery system here in Boston where we can experiment and brew with any ingredients or techniques we think sound cool.  To put it in drinkers’ terms, each batch yields around 10 gallons, or 4 cases of beer, so we’re talking small batches here.

For Rebel IPA, our goal was to capture everything we love about West Coast style IPAs in a beer that isn’t going to knock you out with bitterness. It was really brewed for maximum hop aroma and flavor. After tasting more combinations of Pacific Northwest hops than you can imagine, we ended up with 5 of our favorites in the winning recipe. Each adds something unique to the brew:

Cascade: Citrus and grapefruit flavor with subtle floral balance

Simcoe®: Grapefruit peel and pine notes

Centennial: Citrus flavor with clean resinous notes

Chinook: American pine character with slight spice notes

Amarillo®: Orange, grapefruit and notes of tangerine and some sweetness

At 45 IBUs, Rebel IPA won’t scrape your tongue with bitterness. But at 6.5% ABV and with big citrus, grapefruit, and pine notes, there’s no mistaking this is a West Coast style IPA.

Rebel IPA is available on draft nationwide and will be available in bottles (6 and 12 packs) starting this week. Check out our Find a Sam page to find Rebel IPA near you.

We want to know what you think about this brew. Give us your feedback on our Facebook page or send a Tweet using the hashtag #RebelIPA!

Snap Out of It with Cold Snap

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Are the colder months getting you down?

In honor of our newest spring seasonal, Cold Snap, we’re giving you a chance to escape the cold with a trip for you and a guest to Hawaii for five days and four nights! You can enter to win through our Facebook page or at ColdSnapBrew.com.

We’re also giving away another prize to help you get over your winter blues. There are two ways to enter:

Visit ColdSnapBrew.com to share a #SnapOutofIt photo. To enter, all you need to do is upload a photo, select a Samuel Adams Cold Snap frame, and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #SnapOutOfIt hashtag.

You can also go to our Flight Builder to create your ideal spring flight (including a Cold Snap of course) and share it on Facebook or Twitter.

We’ll randomly select five winners through each entry option who will receive a $100 American Express gift card.

We’ll be accepting entries until the end of February, so be sure to get yours in!

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2013 LongShot Winners Announced!

Amidst the excitement of the Great American Beer Festival, earlier today we gathered at Marlowe’s in Denver to announce the three beers that were crowned the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest winners.

Jim was on hand for the announcement and recognized the winners as a few of the most talented homebrewers in the country. The level of enthusiasm for homebrewing and brewing craft beer is at an all time high in America.  One indicator is that the craft beer landscape has exploded into more than 2,500 craft breweries across the country, compared to the 83 that existed during the 1980s when Jim first got his start. The morning was filled with great discussion around regional homebrew clubs, what beers are  on-tap for future homebrews, and we even heard a few attendees talking about a future collaboration beer in the future!  That kind of creativity and collaboration is what craft beer is all about.

So without further hesitation, the 2013 LongShot winners are:

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A big, malty Stout with notes of chocolate and coffee, Russ Brunner’s American Stout carries a velvety finish with notes of roasted cocoa. The LongShot judges were drawn to the richness of this stout and balanced taste, with hints of citrus and pine from the American hops adding a subtle bitterness. Russ shared that while he had been homebrewing for three years, this Stout was the first recipe he created on his own.

Perhaps the most unique style, Cesar Marron’s Grätzer (Grätzer was added to the 2013 Beer Style Guidelines earlier this year), is a light, Polish smoked wheat beer.  This brew packs a punch of smoky sweet flavor from the heirloom smoked malt, and spicy and herbal notes from Saaz hops.  Cesar says he drew inspiration for this unique recipe from a strong interest in the unusual, yet traditional, style.

Representing the Samuel Adams employees with a winning homebrew is Teresa Bury’s Pineapple India Pale Ale. This IPA is brewed with four different American hops that pack a punch of grapefruit character we’ve come to expect from these types of hops. However Teresa’s version provides mellow and complementary tropical fruit notes from the addition of real pineapples. We were interested to learn that Theresa had made it a personal challenge to brew a beer that carried a strong hop flavor but that was also balanced with her favorite fruit, pineapple. As she said, “I’ve been brewing beers to fit friends and family’s tastes for years, and I decided one day to brew one that fit my style.”

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While we wait for these three brews to hit shelves next spring in the special LongShot variety 6-pack, we’ll be watching to see what these homebrewers brew next. Perhaps one of them could join the ranks of Bob Gordash (winner of the 1996 LongShot Homebrew Contest) and Don Oliver (winner of the 2006 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest) who have gone on to become professional brewers.

Congratulations to our three winners and to the more than 1,000 homebrewers who sent in entries! The passion for craft beer is stronger than ever because of the  community of homebrewers who put so much time and effort into their craft, pushing the boundaries of better tasting beer.


Eat, Drink Beer, and Be Married

Brewlywed_JIMThe beer has been brewed. The justice of the peace has been booked. And Jim is working on his best man toast. It’s time for Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale.

Last summer we celebrated the tradition of brewing for weddings with Brewlywed Ale, a Belgian-style “bride ale” available one-day only at our Boston Brewery. And on June 26th, we’re inviting everyone back once again for the chance to get their hands on this year’s batch, available for purchase exclusively on this day at the brewery. We’ve brewed just 300 cases of this 750mL cork-caged specialty beer so if last year is any indication, people will be lining up early for their chance to purchase a bottle or a couple of cases. Read More

Finding Samuel Adams® Boston 26.2 Brew in Boston

Boston 262 Brew LogoWith one of the most revered and challenging races in the world quickly approaching, we’re happy to announce that we are brewing our Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew again this year to celebrate the running of the 117th Boston Marathon®.

The beer is going to be available EXCLUSIVELY at official race-related events, as well as at the following bars and restaurants along the Marathon route and in the Greater-Boston Area (see up-to-date list below). Read More

New Albion Ale Has Arrived!

January marks the beginning of another exciting year of brewing for Samuel Adams with many new releases scheduled, but perhaps none more exciting than the return of New Albion Ale! First brewed almost 40 years ago by Jack McAuliffe, a Navy veteran, this American Pale Ale was the product of Jack’s desire to replicate the quality, great tasting beers he had enjoyed while serving in Scotland and other parts of Europe.New Albion 6Pack & Pint

Brewed solely with American Cascade hops (why? Because that was all that was available to Jack at the time), New Albion Ale is a golden American Pale Ale that holds a distinct citrus hop note and subtle piney character. A delicious brew, it’s no wonder New Albion Ale inspired so many of the Pale Ales we drink today. In case you missed it, checkout the video from our brewing day with Jack back in July. Read More

Celebrate National Lager Day on December 10 with Us!

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.

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Twist of Fate Brews a Taste of History

In chemistry there’s something called the “collision theory” that is often summarized by the idiom:  “You can’t react, unless you collide.”

Fate has a way of ensuring the right collisions happen to occasionally create something remarkable.  The story of New Albion is proof that random events can collide in such a sequence to spark something incredible. 

In 1976, Jack McAuliffe created New Albion brewing, the first craft brewery to be started from scratch in decades.   Jack, a true do-it-yourself guy, did everything from building the brewery, to brewing the beer, to delivering it to the bars himself.  Unfortunately, he was a man before his time and in 1983, New Albion closed its doors for good.  Read More

10th Anniversary Utopias… What You Need to Know

For those who have not heard, this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of our greatest brewing accomplishments: Samuel Adams Utopias®. As with every release of this special brew, Jim and the other brewers get excited about sharing this beer because of the passion and innovation that went into brewing. The extreme ingredients and techniques used to make this beer are unlike any other style we brew. Look for this years release to hit stores in November. 

It all began with Triple Bock … 

Cheers to 10 years!

Over 20 years ago, Jim started thinking about the far reaches of the beer universe. As big brewers were making their beers lighter and lighter, Jim was curious about the other end of the beer spectrum and wanted to continue exploring the uncharted territory of extreme brewing. After several years of trial and error, we released Samuel Adams® Triple Bock in 1994 and set the record for the strongest beer ever (17.5% ABV) but Triple Bock wasn’t just about breaking the historical ABV ceiling. Jim found that aging the beer in whiskey barrels helped mellow the harsh ethanol attack on the palette, while adding some wonderful complexity to the beer.  This was also the first time that any brewer in the U.S. had aged a beer in barrels previously used for spirits, a practice that is now fairly common among American craft brewers. Read More