A Special Brew to Commemorate this Year’s Boston Marathon

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.

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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:

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Guide to Valentine’s Day Beer and Food Pairings

Some people mistakenly think of Valentine’s Day as a “wine holiday,” (we’re using our finger quotes on this one) but we know better. Instead, we think you should impress your Valentine with some excellent beer and food pairings! Chef David Burke and Gianni Cavicchi, the Beer and Wine Expert at Tour de France Restaurant Group NYC, compiled a pairing guide for common aphrodisiac foods and a few of the beers in our Spring Brews Variety Pack.  You know, to help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember…

Oysters: Pair with Cold Snap

The saltiness of the oysters is enhanced by the citrus notes in Cold Snap.  The pairing ends with a light, crisp finish, and the wheat and subtle pepper notes in the beer cleanse your palate.

Grains of Paradise Crusted Steak: Pair with Boston Lager or Irish Red

Beef is a great pairing, if not one of the best pairings for Boston Lager; the brew’s upfront malt flavor matches the caramelized flavors of the meat, and its hoppy finish acts as a  palate cleanser and gets you ready for the next bite. Another pairing option would be a beer with a darker roasted character like Irish Red. The roasted malts will add depth to the taste of the meat while the effervescence will keep the taste refreshing.

Grilled Salmon: Pair with Whitewater IPA

The American and Australian hop varieties in this beer impart bold grapefruit notes and provide a nice contrast to sweeter salmon dishes, while the beer’s crisp wheat malt and subtle addition of apricots and orange peel provide a refreshing complement.

Dark Chocolate: Pair with Boston Lager

We know, this one may come as a bit of a surprise. When pairing chocolate and beer, rich malty flavors are your friend. The malt character and subtle bitterness from the Noble Hops, complements the malt sweetness in the chocolate. The carbonation also tends to lighten heavier chocolates and acts as a palate cleanser.

Arugula Salad: Pair with Cold Snap

Traditionally you don’t want a big, aggressive tasting beer to overpower the light salad ingredients. The crisp wheat and citrus notes of Cold Snap complement these light flavors perfectly.

Want to pick up some Samuel Adams for your Valentine? Check out our Find a Sam page.

Fight the Chill with the Grill: Congratulations to our Winner!

This winter we challenged you to not let the cold and snow keep you from firing up your grill and enjoying a Boston Lager – and you didn’t let us down. We had quite a few Sam drinkers brave the weather and send us their #GrillingWithSam photos to prove it.

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Thank you to everyone who participated! We wanted to give you one more #GrillingWithSam recipe from Chef Vinson Petrillo to try out before winter ends:

Grilled Samuel Adams Boston Lager Marinated Hanger Steak
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 portions of cleaned hanger steak, 6 ounces apiece
6 cloves crushed garlic
½ cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
¼ cup olive oil
1 sprig rosemary, leaves only
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Pinch of red pepper flakes

For The Steak:
Marinate the steaks for up to four hours with the garlic, olive oil, rosemary leaves, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Light a grill hot enough for the steaks to sear, but not to burn. Cook the steaks to medium rare or just below. Once done, let them rest over fresh herbs to absorb the flavor and serve with the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glazed early winter roots.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glazed Early Winter Roots

Ingredients:
1 bunch white asparagus
1 bunch Thumbelina carrots, peeled and quartered
1 bunch baby turnips, washed, peeled and quartered
1 bunch baby radishes, washed and quartered
1ounce honey
¼ cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
½ cup unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Asparagus
Cut off the bottoms of the asparagus, leaving the tops 4-5 inches. Season heavily with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Grill the asparagus on all sides for a total of 3 minutes and remove from the grill.

Peel the asparagus after it has been grilled. This will allow the asparagus to have a grilled flavor without adding any color to the glazed roots.

Cut the asparagus into 1 inch pieces and reserve.

For The Winter Roots
Fill a large pot with water and salt heavily. Set the pot on the stove and boil.

Remove and reserve the leaves from the turnips and radishes, then gently wash the leafless radishes and turnips in very cold running water. Dry them in a salad spinner.

In the pot of salted water, blanch the turnips, carrots, and radishes until just tender.
Remove the vegetables from the boiling water once blanched, and shock them quickly in an ice water bath until cold.

Transfer the vegetables into a sauce pot over heat along with the white asparagus. Add in the Samuel Adams Boston Lager and the honey.

Let the liquid come to a boil and turn the heat to low. Slowly stir in the butter, making sure not to break the liquid.

Season the glazed vegetables with salt and pepper and reserve warm for the plate.

Brush the radish and turnip leaves with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the leaves until just tender and lightly colored.

On a warm plate, place the leaves down first and top with the glazed roots and white asparagus.

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!

Cooking with Beer for the Big Game: Ms. Brandi’s ‘Sweet N Sassy’ Boston Lager Wing Sauce

chicken wingsPlanning on making homemade chicken wings for the big game on Sunday? Brewing the American Dream participant Brandi Watson of Ms. Brandi’s Wing and a Prayer Takeout & Catering in PA gave us a great wing sauce recipe that we think would be a big hit at any football viewing party.

Ingredients

2 12 oz. bottles of Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup Chinese Hoison sauce
4 tbsp. chopped fresh garlic
1/3 cup grape jelly
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger
juice of 1/2 orange
2 tbsp. orange zest
4 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. water

Method

In a saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients, stir them over medium heat to making sure all sugar and jelly have blended and dissolved well. Add orange juice, orange zest, and cilantro. Let heat two minutes.

Combine the water and cornstarch in a small separate bowl, stir into the sauce, then let cook for five minutes to thicken the sauce.

Fry chicken wingettes separately and toss in the sauce to your liking – this recipe will coat 3 lbs. of wings.

Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing – and of course, pair with a Boston Lager!

Are you a small business owner in the Philadelphia area? Join us on February 24 for our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event! Learn more and RSVP here.

Cooking with Beer for the Big Game: Cheese Boston Lager Sliders

Looking for a fun dish to snack on during the big game on Sunday? Chef David Burke gave us a recipe for Boston Lager Sliders and Boston Lager ketchup that are quick and easy to put prepare so you can enjoy the game just as much as you will enjoy the food (and beer)!

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Cheese Boston Lager Sliders (Yields 20 servings)

Ingredients:

20 small burger buns or English muffins, halved
40 oz. ground beef
4 bottles Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Sliced pickles
40 slices American cheese, cut in 1 inch x 1 inch pieces
20 cherry tomatoes, skewered

Method:

Slice half of the bread. Scoop out ½ of the bread on the bottom portion. Fill with 2 oz. ground beef that has been tossed with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Place on sheet pan upside down (on meat side) to brown meat for 3 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven and top meat with cheese, thinly sliced pickles and top of English muffin. Heat in oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from heat and skewer with tomato. Serve immediately.

Boston Lager Ketchup (Yields 10 servings)

Ingredients:

2 cups ketchup
2 cups mayonnaise
4 tbsp Boston Lager

Method:

Mix together all ingredients and serve with sliders.

Cooking with Beer for the Big Game: Samuel Adams Boston Lager Chili

Boston Lager ChiliThere’s just something about chili and football that go really well together. And when you throw Boston Lager into the mix, it can’t get much better! Chef David Burke created a recipe for Boston Lager Chili that will be the perfect pairing for Sunday’s game.

Ingredients:

4 lbs ground beef
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 medium yellow pepper, diced
1 Spanish onion, diced
1 bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager
½ cup tomato paste
1 cup whole peeled canned tomatoes
½ cup canned chili sauce
¾ cup red kidney beans
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp toasted ground coriander
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp Tabasco
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

1) Brown meat with salt and pepper in a sauté pan. Let drain on the side on paper towels.

2) In same sauté pan, add peppers and onions with the spices and canola oil. Bloom the
spices. Cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until the spices are fragrant and the onions
and peppers begin to soften.

3) Add the lager, tomatoes and their juices, and tomato paste and bring to a simmer.
Return the meat to the pot and add the kidney beans and chili sauce. Stir in the hot
pepper sauce and season to taste with salt. Let the chili simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour
until thoroughly cooked and the flavors come together.

4) Serve in soup bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

This recipe will serve 8 people.

Cooking with Beer for the Big Game: Sausage, Beer, & Cheese Soup with Samuel Adams Cold Snap

Even though our team didn’t make it to the big game this year, we’re still looking forward to watching football with friends and family on Sunday. Karl’s Sausage Kitchen, a Boston based Brewing the American Dream beneficiary, came up with a great recipe that we think will be a crowd pleaser – no matter which team you’re rooting for.

Sausage, Beer & Cheese Soup with Samuel Adams Cold Snap

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 chopped medium sized yellow onion
At least 1/2 cup chopped carrot
At least 1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
7 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded
7 ounces processed Swiss cheese, shredded
2 cups half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound smoked sausage (Karl’s Hungarian Debrciner, Smoked Polish,
Andouille)
1 (12-ounce) Samuel Adams Cold Snap

Directions:

Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery. Saute until softened. Add flour. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken broth and Samuel Adams Cold Snap. Heat until it comes to a boil. Slowly add cheese while stirring until just boiling and smooth. Add half-and-half, salt, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and cook until soup has thickened. Cut smoked sausage into 1/2-inch pieces and place in a saucepan. Saute sausage over medium heat until heated through. It will probably take about 5 to 7 minutes. Add sausage to the soup, transfer to a large serving bowl and serve hot.

To find Cold Snap near you, check out our Find a Sam page.

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!

Haven’t had a chance to try it yet? A crisp and refreshing white ale, Cold Snap is a hazy golden brew that’s a sign of warmer days to come with its blend of smooth wheat and subtle kick of spring spices.

Taking inspiration from the traditional Belgian witbier style, we developed our own take on this refreshing brew. The truly unique taste of Samuel Adams Cold Snap is created from our signature spice blend that gives it a distinct and lively character. This blend ranges from fruits to spices and even a few flowers to create a myriad of flavors to discover with each sip.

We also dry spice, similar to dry hopping, to bring out the full character of the spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.

The blend of spices and crisp wheat also make Cold Snap a great pairing option. A few of our favorites are sushi, Indian curry, or spice cake.

Cold Snap is available on draft, in  6 packs, 12 packs (bottles and cans), and in our Spring Brews Variety Pack. Want to find Cold Snap near you? Check out our Find a Sam page.

Fight the Chill with the Grill: Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Samuel Adams Boston Lager Infused Crust

Last week was National Pizza Week and we thought we’d combine two of our passions to celebrate: cooking with beer and grilling. To help us with the finer points of making pizza on the grill, we called in some expert advice from our friend Kevin Kolman. Kevin is the Grill Master at Weber Grills, making him the go-to guy for all grilling techniques, products, and questions.

A Sam Fan shared his #GrillingWithSam photo as he fired up his grill and made a pizza on his Weber pizza stone with a Cold Snap.

A Sam Fan shared his #GrillingWithSam photo as he fired up his grill and made a pizza on his Weber pizza stone with a Cold Snap.

In the fall he helped us out with some tailgating tips and he was excited to share his advice on grilling pizzas, and a recipe infusing Samuel Adams, as we find ourselves in the throes of football playoff season.

Q: How does grilling a pizza affect the flavor profile?

A: When grilling a pizza the grates provide carmelization (those beautiful restaurant quality marks) which brings out the flavor of the dough and enhances the taste.  Also, grilling the tomatoes, veggies and other favorite toppings provides extra flavor and takes a basic pizza to a whole new level.

Q: Do you need to do anything special to prepare your grill for a pizza? Are there any special tools you might need?

A: You do not need anything specific for grilling a pizza besides a 400-425 degree grill.  3-4 minutes per side and that’s about it. Now for those who love the traditional pizza crust, a pizza stone provides an awesome experience on a grill.  Besides that,  time, some patience and some good BEER to drink.  Preferably a Sam Adams!

Q: Do some toppings work better than others when grilling a pizza?

A: Actually all your traditional favorite toppings work excellent on the grill. What excites me about doing a pizza is adding something new to it. For instance, adding beer to the sauce or pairing the pizza with a certain type of  beer.  I think what makes grilling more exciting is incorporating new ingredients we might not have thought about before to make the pizza specialized and truly your own creation.

Q: What’s the best advice you have for someone who is grilling a pizza for the first time?

A: Make sure the grill is not too hot! 400-425 degrees is the ideal temperature. You can also check out this video for 10 easy tips for cooking a homemade pizza on a grill.

Ready to grill up a pizza? Here’s a recipe from Kevin for you to try out:

Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Samuel Adams Boston Lager Infused Crust

4 to 6 servings

Pizza Sauce
½ cup of favorite buffalo wing sauce
3 TBSP butter
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

4 boneless chicken breast
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. paprika
2 oz. olive oil

7 oz. pizza dough – use our Boston Lager infused crust pizza recipe!

8 oz. mozzarella cheese

In a saucepan, combine franks red-hot, butter, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

Stir occasionally till butter is melted. Turn off and let stand.

Take chicken breast in a plastic bag.  Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika.  Stir and add to bag along with the olive oil.  Marinade the chicken breasts for 1 hour is possible or coat evenly if time does not permit.

Place chicken breast on the grill making sure the temperatures of the grill is 425-450.  We are looking for a medium direct heat.  Grill 4-5 minutes per side depending on size and take off at 165 and let rest.

Preparing pizzas for grill:

  • Let dough rise a few hours before use (cold dough will not stretch thin).
  • Stretch from the middle
  • Use parchment paper or tin foil with olive oil to move dough to grill
  • The grill needs to be set up for direct medium heat 425-450
  • Grill the pizza dough 3-4 minutes on one side.
  • Clean, hot grates let dough release from the grates when it’s cooked
  • Remove dough from grill to prepare pizza
  • The grill marks should be facing up at you and begin to cover the dough with the buffalo chicken sauce.  Add diced chicken breast to the pizza and any addition sauce that is left over and cover with cheese
  • Grill pizza 4 minutes per side making sure you keep the lid closed which will help melt the cheese.

And finally, slice pizza and enjoy a Samuel Adams Boston Lager!

Planning on trying out the recipe? Don’t let the cold hold you back! Fight the chill with the grill and grab a Samuel Adams Boston Lager and share your grilling photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GrillingWithSam for a chance to win a Weber Grill and Samuel Adams prize pack! We’ll be accepting entries through the end of January.

 

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition: Congratulations to our Winners!

We traveled across the country meeting amazing small business owners in the food and beverage industry as part of our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Contest.

Entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry nationwide perfected their two minute pitch to over 25 expert judges. The yearlong competition culminated in our Finals at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery on December 9th. Finalists from the San Francisco, Denver, New York, and Boston areas competed for the chance to be awarded a $10,000 grant and extended coaching and mentorship from Samuel Adams employees.

Congratulations to our overall winners, Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, owners of New York based Brewla Bars. Daniel and Rebecca impressed the judges with their unique spin on the classic popsicle with all natural and fresh brewed ingredients.

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We also launched a People’s Choice Contest on Facebook prior to the final Pitch Competition. The finalists competed to promote their business to their social media networks to achieve the most votes and likes.

Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky, owners of New York based Luca & Bosco tapped into their extensive networks to take the first win as the People’s Choice Award Winners.

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Give us your Best Pitch!

Are you a small business owner in the food or beverage industry with a passion for your product? Stay tuned to see where our competition is headed in 2014 and show the judges what you’ve got!

Fight the Chill with the Grill (and Boston Lager)!

When temperatures drop and the sun starts setting earlier, there’s an army of brave souls that emerge with a passion for grilling outdoors, and I have to admit that I’m one of them. So when the flakes started falling here in Boston this past weekend, I was grilling outside with a Boston Lager in hand and, of course, beer infused in the recipe.

Winter Grilling 6This winter, we’re teaming up with Chef Vinson Petrillo who is known for his boundary pushing dishes (you may have seen him on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’), to create unexpected winter grilling recipes enhanced by Boston Lager.

We’re hoping these will inspire you to get outside this winter to grill and when you do, we want you to share your photos with us! Join in via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GrillingWithSam to share your favorite winter grilling photos, tips, stories and recipes. Those who post using the hashtag will be entered to win prizes, including a Samuel Adams customized Weber® grill (like the one in the photo above) and a Samuel Adams prize pack.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager on its own is the perfect cold weather beer. It’s a full-bodied, robust brew with a rich malty character, balanced by spicy hop and sweet caramel notes. And when you combine Boston Lager with grilling, there’s really nothing better. People tend to be a lot more daring when they are outside grilling than when they have a saucepan in the kitchen, hence a perfect time to incorporate beer! From a flavor perspective, grilling can give food a little bit of caramelized sweetness from the flames. Boston Lager’s maltiness compliments this slight sweetness while the hops in the beer give a little spice to balance everything out.

So don’t be daunted by the cold. There’s no better time to be a winter griller and no better way to grill than with beer. Head outside to fight the winter chill with a grill. Below is one of Chef Vinson’s favorite Samuel Adams Boston Lager winter grilling recipes. We hope you’ll try it out! Don’t forget to share your photos on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GrillingWithSam!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Brined and Grilled Pork Rack
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 rack of pork (3-4 pounds, bone on, with 6 bones attached)
2 cups apple cider
2 cups Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
¼ cup salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Canola oil for coating the pork

For the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Brine:
Heat all the ingredients together, minus the pork and canola oil, in a saucepan. Once the mixture comes to a boil, pour it into a container that can fit in an ice bath. Cool the mixture in an ice bath until the liquid is at 40 degrees F.

For the Grilled Pork Rack:
Place the pork rack in the brine and refrigerate overnight for at least 12 hrs. When the pork is fully brined, remove from the brine and discard the brining liquid.

Place the pork on a cooling rack so it can dry, and let it come to room temperature before grilling.

Light a grill with coals, but be sure to offset the coals slightly, making one side hotter than the other.

Portion the pork rack into six 1-1 ½ inch chops. Generously season with salt and pepper and a light coating of canola oil, so the pork sears but doesn’t stick to the grill.

Place the pork on the hot side of the lighted grill and cook for approximately 2 minutes on each side (until it begins to brown). Be sure to move the pork often to prevent flare-ups. After the pork chops cook for 2 minutes on each side, move them to the cooler side of the grill and turn them every 2 minutes. The pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees F. Once done, take the pork chops off the grill and let them rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Samuel Adams Apple Butter.

Samuel Adams Apple Butter

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups Samuel Adams Boston Lager
6 Honeycrisp apples
3 onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 pinches Penzy apple pie seasoning
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, kept cold
Salt and pepper to taste

Gather a cast-iron pan or a heavy skillet that can be used on the grill.

Peel and core the apples, cut them in half, then cut each half into four pieces. This should result in a total of eight pieces per apple. Peel and slice the onions evenly.

Add the onions, apples, apple pie seasoning and a pinch of salt to the pan, and sweat them until translucent. Once the onions are translucent, add the Samuel Adams Boston Lager and reduce by half. Once reduced, take the mixture off the heat and slowly start adding the cold butter, stirring with a whisk. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time, taking caution not to break the sauce. Once all of the butter is added, you’ll have apple butter for the pork chops.

Celebrating National Lager Day

Happy National Lager Day! As a brewery that has been loving lager since 1984 (and well before that, channeling the love of Jim’s forefathers), it’s no secret that we look forward to this day each year. Join us today to celebrate and raise a pint of the style that helped give us our start and continues to be our favorite after all these years.

There are only two types of beer in this world… ales and lagers. Everything else is a style that belongs within one of these two types. For those of you not familiar with lager, it’s 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 longer than ales, and at lower temperatures which yields smooth, crisp 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. We then take an extra step and age Boston Lager longer to maximize and enhance the complex flavor combinations.

CELEBRATE WITH US!

To help you get in the National Lager Day spirit, we’re asking Sam drinkers like you to:

1. Grab your favorite Samuel Adams lager (there’s a few to choose from with Winter Lager, Double Agent IPL, Black Lager, Cherry Chocolate Bock, or our favorite Boston Lager)
2. Snap a photo.
3. Tag your photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LagerDay
4. We’ll select a few of our favorites and send you a Boston Lager prize pack!

Need more reasons to celebrate National Lager Day? Take a look at these fun facts around our favorite style…

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Want to find a Samuel Adams lager near you? Check out our Find a Sam page.

Utopias Cigars: A Q&A with Ted Jackson, Founder of Ted’s Cigars

Utopias CigarsThere are few things more rewarding for us at the Boston Brewery than seeing the excitement of our drinkers when their favorite brew is released. This is especially true with Utopias because of all of the passion and history that goes into this brew. And this year, we were happy to partner with Ted’s Cigars on the first-ever craft beer-seasoned cigar. It’s widely accepted that certain spirits pair with cigars. With this year’s release of Utopias, we thought it would be fun for cigar connoisseurs to try pairing with beer instead of the more traditional pairings.

I had the opportunity to talk with Ted’s Cigars founder Ted Jackson about this one-of-a-kind creation and here’s what he had to say:

Q: Ted, I had the opportunity to taste one of the Samuel Adams Utopias cigars and it immediately put a smile on my face. Brewing Utopias is an intense, tedious process, but it’s so rewarding to see this batch come to life not only in bottles, but in this cigar.

A: This was one of our most exciting projects to work on. Utopias has always been a favorite of mine, and I know it’s coveted by beer lovers worldwide. I’ve had a chance to try a few different batches of Utopias over the years, and no single batch tastes the same as the one that came before or after it. Each year’s batch’s flavors are so complex, but the common denominator is that Utopias is unlike any beer I’ve ever tasted.

Q: Utopias seems like a natural choice for a cigar pairing. Why does it work so well?

A: People naturally think of spirits to pair with cigars. Utopias works because of the complex flavors and the qualities that make it almost like a port or cognac. So many of the flavors in the Utopias – from its fruitiness and nuttiness – go together so well with the cigar’s spicy, complex character. It’s a match made in heaven.

Q: Exactly. This is proof that a craft beer be an equally enjoyable cigar ingredient and pairing. What can you tell us about your process for aromatically-seasoning the cigars? It sounds like something out of a mad scientist movie.

A: Our aromatic-seasoning process is proprietary, so I can’t tell you much aside from the fact that there aren’t any white coats or lab assistants locked in the basement. It’s an extremely tedious, time consuming process, but as you can see it’s the best way to meld the true Utopias character into the cigar.

Q: How much does the quality of the cigar itself matter for aromatic seasoning? You certainly won’t find this kind of cigar at the corner drug store.

A: Utopias on its own is otherworldly, but there isn’t a single liquid on the planet that can rescue a bad cigar. We take a lot of pride in the fact that this cigar blend received a rating of ‘88’ (Excellent) by Cigar Aficionado. That’s nothing to scoff at.

Q: Where can you buy the Samuel Adams Utopias Cigar?  I know I’ll be picking up a few for the holidays.

A: This cigar will be sold exclusively on our website, at TedsCigars.com/SamuelAdams. They’re only available through the end of December, though, so get ‘em while you can.

Q&A with Small Business Owner & Brewing the American Dream Loan Recipient Edward Belden of Peddler’s Creamery

The many business challenges that our founder Jim Koch faced when starting Samuel Adams, became the inspiration for creating our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.  Through the program, we partner with microlender Accion to provide access to capital and much-needed nuts and bolts business advice to small business owners just starting out in the food and beverage industry to help give them the support Jim wished he would have had early on.

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We ask you to join us in supporting small businesses this holiday season, especially on Small Business Saturday. Here is a list of business owners in our program and be sure to check out featured products on Pinterest.

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with small business owner Edward Belden, founder of LA based Peddler’s Creamery. Peddler’s Creamery produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream and frozen desserts that features local ingredients. Edward Belden received a loan from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream to help fund his start-up equipment for his unique fresh churned ice cream and supplies.  He has participated in numerous speed coaching events and was even featured on the bottom of our Boston Lager 6-packs.

Here’s what Edward had to say about the idea behind his business, the importance of being involved in the community, and some of the best business advice he has received:

Q: Where did the idea for Peddler’s Creamery come from?

A: I loved making ice cream, eating ice cream, and riding bicycles. I was riding my bike past an ice cream place soon after graduating college and the idea to put them all together popped into my head!

Q: What are the benefits of fresh churned ice cream?

A: It allows us to use fresher local ingredients. You can also have more unique flavors that you might not have in a typical ice cream shop experience. It’s also fun to have customers participate in the process by getting their own chance to peddle the bicycle that churns the ice cream.

Q: 5% of profits from Peddler’s Creamery go to social and environmental causes. Which organizations have benefited from this and why do you think it is important for your business to invest in the community in this way?

A: We have worked with Habitat for Humanity, LA County Bicycle Coalition, and Downtown Women’s Center. Where are in an area in LA that is trying to help a lot of people transition out of homelessness and we feel it is really important to invest in the community. On Small Business Saturday we are going to be hosting our first Churning for Charity event and donating the ice cream volunteers make to the Downtown Women’s Center.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your business?

A: One of the biggest challenges we faced was finding funding. There is a lot you can do on your own – you can create recipes and have an amazing product, but you need to be able to create your own capital. Having the opportunity to work with a company like Samuel Adams was incredibly helpful.

Q: How has Brewing the American Dream helped your business?

A: Knowing that there was capital and additional support coming in through the program was super helpful and the network we have developed is incredibly powerful. Samuel Adams helped us get the word out about our business – we were featured on posters in bars in LA and also on the bottom of Boston Lager six packs. It was cool to be able to go to my local grocery store, pick up a six-pack of Sam Adams, and show it to my friends.

Q: What advice do you have for entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry who are just starting out?

A: I think the best advice is something I got from a friend of mine – follow your passion and jump in. Don’t be afraid to take make your own path.

Want to learn more about Peddler’s Creamery? Check out their website.