Ultimate DIY Grilling Recipe: Summer Ale Smoked Wood Chips

summer grillingMany people love to grill in the summer, myself included. And in my experience, nothing goes better with grilling than beer – as a pairing with food, infused into the dish or in my hand as I grill. You might remember I love grilling with beer so much, I even ventured outdoors this past winter to grill with beer-infused recipes.

This summer, with the help of Kevin Kolman from Weber Grills, I experimented with smoking on the grill, which imparts flavors and aromas that are hard to replicate. I asked Kevin what he thought might happen if we soak wood-chips with Samuel Adams Summer Ale. He didn’t know, so we gave it a shot and discovered that by soaking wood chips with Summer Ale, smoked foods take on a slightly sweet and citrusy note from the lemon as well as a subtle peppery flavor from the Grains of Paradise.

One of my favorite recipes, especially when grilling at a backyard BBQ on Cape Cod, is Summer Ale Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Avocado Butter. Summer Ale-soaked wood chips add beautiful citrus flavors to the swordfish, which are balanced by the subtle char from cooking on a grill. The chips also impart a nice sweetness and light smoky flavor to the swordfish.

Get ready to impress friends and family next time you grill with the secret ingredient: Summer Ale-soaked wood chips!

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Cheers to Boston: A Message from Jim Koch

We’re excited to congratulate the Red Sox on their World Series win!

As you may have heard, we had a little something on the line with our friends Schlafly Beer in St. Louis.

Here’s what Jim had to say after the big win:

With the Red Sox clinching the World Series, it’s clear we are home to the most dedicated and passionate players and fans. I toast a Sam Adams Boston Lager to all the players and coaches for their hard work this season.

Now, I can also look forward to sharing a beer and BBQ with my good friend, Dan Kopman of Schlafly Beer since he lost his bet on his beloved Cards. We’ve had a lot of fun during the series, but I know we’re happy to get back to what we know best – brewing beer.  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll have a chance to wager again next year!


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Beers, Beards, & Baseball

Lager BaseballThe mayors of Boston and St. Louis might not have a wager going for the championship series, but we definitely do. The gloves are coming off with our fellow craft brewer Schlafly Beer in St. Louis!

The wager: Jim Koch is so confident that our hometown team will win the series that he is betting two cases of his favorite Boston Lager and a lobster dinner against Dan Kopman’s Schlafly Pale Ale and a dinner from Pappy’s BBQ ribs. To sweeten the pot, the losing city will have to send one of their brewers to the winning city to help brew a victory beer.

Here’s what Jim had to say about the bet : “Here in Boston, we are lucky to be home to some of the best sports teams in the country. The Boston Red Sox are the epitome of passion and true American tradition. I look forward to seeing the team bring home the World Series trophy once again – and then toasting with a Boston Lager. May the best team win!”

And here’s what Dan had to say: “St Louis is the home of the best fans in baseball and the best beers in the US.  I look forward to our 12th World Series victory  and then visiting my good friend Jim and toasting with a Schlafly Pale Ale.  May the best team win!”

Cheers to beers, beards, and baseball!

The Celebration of Beer and Ice Cream

Jennifer_Beer_IceCreamSummer is finally here in Boston. To help celebrate sunshine and warmer weather, the team at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream stopped by yesterday’s Open House at the brewery to sample some great beer and ice cream combinations we came up with together.

Beer and ice cream are right up there as two of my absolute favorite things. So, what could be better than a combination of the two? And, whether for a pint of beer or for a pint of ice cream, we are both passionate about using the best ingredients to create a classic combination or a new innovative style, so we had to create a perfect pairing! Read More

Cooking With Hops This Weekend

ChurrosA few weeks back we cozied up to the idea of cooking with hops. Now, as we head into the weekend, we wanted to share a few new recipes to try out, including our new fire-side favorites, Hops-Infused Churros with Hoppy Hot Chocolate, and our Alpine Spring Donut Ice Cream Sliders (full recipes below).

We teamed up with our friend, Chef David Burke who prepared these dishes inspired by Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, and infused with the “spice of beer” – hops. Alpine Spring’s Tettnang Tettnanger hops, a variety cultivated on 100-year-old vines in hop gardens at the foothills of the Alps, leave a lingering citrus note and a dry finish that cleanses the palate after each bite. When used as a cooking ingredient, hops can add surprising dimension to a recipe, much like in brewing. In Chef Burke’s brunch recipes, these hops add an unexpected yet welcome earthy, herbal note to the meal. Read More

Taco Tuesday featuring Verloren!

You may remember back in July we came together with a local Boston food truck, Pennypackers, to create a taco using one of our beers. The first installment was a huge success, as Pennypackers created an awesome barbeque sauce using Dark Depths, our Baltic IPA, in a phenomenal shredded pork taco.

This month we gave the guys Verloren, our gose (pronounced “goes-uh”) style beer which is brewed with over 50 percent malted wheat and spiced with coriander and salt. While we understand some may not be able to make it to Boston to enjoy today, Pennypackers was kind enough to pass along the recipe and simple cooking instructions for you to experiment and create your own. Read More