Elevate Your Summer Beer-B-Q with Summer Ale Soaked Wood Chips & Recipes

What’s better than combining two of America’s favorite summer traditions – grilling and craft beer?

As a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, I’m always trying new ways to incorporate beer in my recipes. With a summer of grilling and enjoying refreshing Summer Ale ahead of us, we worked with grillmaster Kevin Kolman from Weber Grills® to develop a fun DIY activity for craft beer-loving and backyard BBQ pit masters alike: Samuel Adams Summer ale-soaked wood chips and beer infused recipes.

Soaking wood chips in Samuel Adams beer adds a new element to smoking on the grill. When placed on the hot coals of a charcoal grill or in a smoker tray on a gas grill, Weber Applewood Chips soaked in Samuel Adams Summer Ale infuse flavors into grilled food. The unique flavors  imparted by this method include a slightly sweet and citrusy note imparted by the lemon peel in Summer Ale along with a subtle peppery flavor from Grains of Paradise used as a spice in the brew.

If you’re firing your grill this this summer, wow friends and family with our easy method for wood chips soaked in Summer Ale and check out this flavorful recipe for Summer Ale salmon filets. Read More

Cooking with Sam: Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef and Samuel Adams Beer-Braised Red Cabbage

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it is the perfect time to celebrate with a traditional Irish dish! You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate a great corned beef.  And to make the ultimate corned beef, using Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Irish Red as a base for this classic brine will only make everything better.

Try our recipe for Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef and Samuel Adams Beer-Braised Red Cabbage:

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Samuel Adams Brined Corned Beef
Serves 4-6


  • 6 bottles Samuel Adam Boston Lager or Irish Red
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp. mustard seed
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 8 juniper berries
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. pink salt* (optional)
  • 2 trays ice, about 2 quarts
  • 1 beef brisket, approx. 5 lbs.


Pour the Samuel Adams beer into a stockpot, and add all ingredients except for the ice, beef brisket, and half of the carrots and onions. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Once dissolved, remove from the heat and add the ice.

Place brisket in a sealable container large enough to hold both the meat and liquid, and pour the liquid over the meat. If possible, place an inverted plate on top of the meat to keep it fully submerged in liquid, and seal the container. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, and up to 7 days, flipping the meat daily to ensure even brining.

Remove the brisket from the brine, and strain, reserving spices.  Place the brisket in a large braising pan or pot, add the reserved spices, along with the remaining carrots and onion. Cover with water (or better yet, more Sam Adams!), bring to a simmer, and cook until tender.

*Pink Salt #1 is typically available at specialty stores, and is a combination of table salt and a small amount of sodium nitrite.  This will help in the curing process and also give the meat its distinct pink hue most people associate with corned beef.  If you choose not to use the pink salt, your corned beef will have a greyer, boiled look to it, but don’t worry, it’ll still taste delicious!

Samuel Adams Beer-Braised Red Cabbage
Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Irish Red
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and when hot, cook the garlic for about 1 minute or until softened. Take care the garlic does not burn. Add the cabbage to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring, or until it begins to wilt. Add the beer and cook for about 5 minutes to give the beer time to reduce. Add the chicken stock and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cabbage is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside to keep warm.

Celebrate Small Businesses and Game Day with Boston Lager Cupcakes

We’re sad to see another season of football come to an end, but we’re really excited to enjoy the big game. While it is a big weekend for our hometown team, it’s also a big weekend for Carlene O’Garro, our very first Brewing the American Dream loan recipient and owner of local bakery and cafe Delectable Desires.

Please join us at 1PM on Friday, January 30th for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of her brick and mortar shop located at 1755 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA with some very special guests – our founder and brewer Jim Koch, and Mayor Marty Walsh. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive and you’ll receive a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cupcake on the house!

Can’t make it to the event? Here’s how you can make them at home:


  • 8oz Butter
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 4 Large egg yolks
  • 2.5 cups of  All-Purpose Flour (sifted)
  • 1 Tbs Baking Powder
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a standard mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light in color and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and yolks and continue to mix until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Using a measuring cup, combine 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
  • Start by adding 1/3 of the sifted dry ingredients, once that incorporates, add half of the SamuelAdams Boston Lager and milk mixture. Alternate until all ingredients are combined. (delete bullet, this goes with the above bullet)
  • Scoop the mixture into prepared cupcake tins (standard size) filling each tin 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature, and then add frosting of your choice.

Celebrate National Pizza Week and Football Playoffs with New England Clam Pizza

What could be better than football playoff season? The answer is simple: football playoffs, a cold Boston Lager, AND National Pizza Week.

We worked with pizza expert Mark Bello from www.pizzaschool.com to develop a pizza recipe that is perfect for rooting for our home team: New England Clam Pizza, made with Boston Lager infused pizza dough!


This pizza not only ties to our roots here in New England, but it pairs perfectly with Boston Lager. Boston Lager’s doughy notes from the malt complement the rich and creamy sweet notes from the mozzarella and the ricotta cheese and slightly sweet character from the clams. The pie’s slightly savory oregano flavor will emphasize the citrus characters of the beer’s Noble hops while the chili flakes finish this pairing with a little heat that is balanced by a complex and lingering finish.

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out the recipe below and feel free to try it while rooting for your favorite team…


1 risen ball of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Infused Dough (approx. 16 oz. – get the recipe here)

About ½ cup (3 oz.) chopped clams from one 6.5 oz. can; drain and reserve juice

About ½ cup (4 oz.) whole milk ricotta

About ½ cup loosely packed (2 oz.) whole milk mozzarella

1 teaspoon dried oregano plus more to shake on out of the oven

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes plus more to shake on out of the oven

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus more for oiling your cookie sheet, pizza pan, or screen

2 tablespoons clam juice (leftover from your can of clams)

2 tablespoons (1/2 oz.) grated cheese (i.e.: parmesan or Romano cheese)

Lemon juice


1)      Mix clams, ricotta, mozzarella, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, olive oil, and clam juice. Set aside.

2)      Stretch dough to desired diameter (12” thicker, 14” thinner), and lay on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, pizza pan, or screen.

3)      Apply an even layer of clam/cheese/spice mixture to about ½” from the border of the crust.

4)      Evenly sprinkle on the grated cheese to the very border of the crust.

5)      Bake for 10-15 minutes at 500 degrees F or until your toppings are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

6)      Out of the oven, drizzle on lemon juice and/or add more oregano and/or red pepper flakes to taste. Let rest a few minutes, and then cut, serve, and enjoy.

Looking for more cooking with Sam recipes? Check out the Food and Beer section of our website.

National Lager Day 2014 – Lager Pairings for the Holidays

It’s the holiday season, which means many of us are enjoying the company of friends and family at holiday gatherings. In honor of National Lager Day (clearly the best day of the year), we put together a lager pairing guide with some of our favorite foods that we enjoy during the holiday season. Cheers!

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Looking for more beer and food pairings? Check out the Food and Beer section of our website.

GOT CULTURE? Boston Lager & Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Team Up #FTW

Here at the brewery, we know that beer and cheese is a delicious and easy pairing – for holiday parties at the brewery or as an easy appetizer– and while we know a lot about beer, we wanted to learn more about cheese. So, we invited Kurt Beecher Dammeier from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese to the brewery to talk about (and taste) beers and cheese. What’s better than that?

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is an award-winning cheesemaker based in New York City and Seattle and after spending time together, we learned we actually have a lot in common. Their passion for quality, full-flavored ingredients. coupled with their originality. made us jump at the chance to learn more about their artisanal cheese and to create interesting recipes for craft beer and cheese lovers alike.

Jennifer & Kurt Tasting Cheese

One of the creations we are really excited to share is Beecher’s Samuel Adams Boston Lager-soaked cheese. Kurt came to the brewery armed with his Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese which had been immersed in Samuel Adams Boston Lager and other ingredients for three days.  As soon as we took the first bite we knew we had something special.  We were delighted by how Boston Lager’s Noble hops with their piney, citrus and herbal notes added complexity to a rich cheese like Dulcet, a double-cream cheese with clean, lightly tangy and creamy character. This easy to do recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining,  and is a great way to impress your craft beer and cheese-loving friend or family member. We also created a few other recipes below that we are excited to share.

Kurt and I will be continuing to explore the world of craft beer and cheese over the next few weeks (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!). So, stay tuned for more flavorful and delicious ideas and recipes in the coming weeks!

DIY Boston Lager soaked-cheese recipes

For each soaked-cheese, boil 32 ounces of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and respective sweetener (honey or maple syrup) to a simmer for five minutes, add the remaining ingredients, and cool the mixture before adding Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet to soak for three days, stored in a refrigerator.

Boston Lager & Pomegranate DIY Cheese

  • Variety #1: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Blueberry Juice (16 oz.), Vanilla Extract (.5 tbsp.), Almond Extract (.5 tbsp.), Honey (1 tbsp.)
  • Variety #2: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Pomegranate Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Hazelnuts (1.5 tbsp.)
  • Variety #3: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Cranberry Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Pecans (2 tbsp.)
  • Variety #4: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Apple Cider (16 oz.), Maple Syrup (6 oz.), Whole Black Peppercorns (.5 tsp.), Rendered Bacon Bits (.5 cup)

We hope you’ll try this out and share your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #ForTheLoveOfBeer @SamuelAdamsBeer @BeechersNY


Beers (and Foods) of Fall

It’s our favorite time of the year here in New England. There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are changing, and football is back! Our Harvest Collection variety pack is the perfect pairing for all of your favorite fall activities, especially: tailgating. We’ve been experimenting with a few recipes and doing our tailgating homework (it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it).  Here’s a guide to fall beer and tailgating food pairings we recommend  you try out this fall.

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cowboy-beef-boston-lager-chili--en--7aecdc3c-2493-40da-a855-5f603ae1c538Boston Lager: No matter what time of year, Boston Lager is our go-to beer. And luckily for us, it pairs with one of our go-to foods for football season – chili. The beer’s malty sweetness matches nicely with the roasted flavors of the beans, meat and tomatoes. The hop spiciness of the Hallertau hops work well too if you like your game day chili with a little heat. Check out our recipe for Cowboy Beef Boston Lager Chili to kick this pairing up a notch.

sams-beer-broiled-brats--en--3a4e79f9-0f1d-4f39-af37-f5d31ed34c4fOctoberFest: It’s not a tailgate without firing up the grill. The deep malty character of our OctoberFest beer complements the savory taste of bratwurst and brings out the sweet roastiness. To take this pairing one step further, check out our recipe for OctoberFest Beer Broiled Brats.

samuel-adams-harvest-pumpkin-ale-bread--en--4b189d68-b002-4e94-a57e-21f681b87f3bHarvest Pumpkin Ale: The classic pumpkin pie spices of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in Harvest Pumpkin Ale balance out the flavors of BBQ pulled pork or BBQ ribs. The charring of the meat works nicely with the malt character of the beer. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you may want to pair this beer with a dessert like apple pie or our recipe for Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Bread.

Sam-Can-Chicken-1Harvest Saison: Our take on a saison has got a lot of layers of flavor, from malty to subtle floral, fruit, and earthy hop notes.  The earthy yet light flavors pair well with lighter dishes like roasted chicken. We know what you’re thinking – roasted chicken at a tailgate? We have a great recipe from Chef David Burke for “Sam Can” chicken made with Boston Lager that you can make right on the grill.

Looking for some cooking with beer recipes for the fall? Check out the Food and Beer section of our website.

Join us in Supporting Small Businesses – Raise a Pint, Brew a Dream 2014!

We’re joining craft beer fans across the country this week and celebrating American Craft Beer Week, but there is another celebration that we’re just as passionate about: National Small Business Week!

In 2008, we launched our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program to help small business owners in food, beverage and craft brewing by providing microloans and the coaching and mentoring they need to jump start and grow their small businesses.

To date the program has:

  • Lent nearly $3 million to more than 325 small business owners through our partnership with Accion, the leading nonprofit provider of microloans
  • Helped to create or retain nearly 2,000 jobs
  • Coached more than 4,000 small business owners from coast to coast

And now, we’re asking for your support!

Throughout the month of May, we’ll donate five cents* for every pint of Samuel Adams Boston Lager draft sold at participating locations to fund micro-loans for passionate, hard-working food and beverage entrepreneurs!

To find participating bars and restaurants near you, click here. You can also share your support of small businesses for a chance to win a Raise a Pint prize pack here.

BBQ'd Productions_Kris_highresWhen you raise a pint of Boston Lager, just know that you’re supporting a Brewing the American Dream small business owner like: Kris Schoenberger, Owner of BBQ’d Productions based out of Chicago, IL.

Q: So how did you become so passionate about BBQ?

A: BBQ means so many things to people. Some people define BBQ as a sauce, as smoking meat, or as anything you cook outside on a grill. For me, BBQ is a combination of experiences – from different regions, cooking styles, and culinary traditions. My passion comes from taking those experiences and seeing how far I can take it by pushing the limits of my own creativity. I’ve barbecued everything from cake to ice cream to spaghetti and meatballs. There’s nothing I won’t try!

Q: What inspired you to start your own business?

A: I was hosting a BBQ at my home and a friend liked the food so much that he asked me to cater his wedding for over 300 people. At the wedding, people came up to me and asked for my business card – the rest is history.  I knew I had a talent but I didn’t really know it was marketable. Once I came to understand that this could be a creative outlet for me, and that I could build a profitable business around it, I knew I had found my calling.

Q: How has the loan you received from Brewing the American Dream help you take the next step with BBQ’d Productions?

A: The loan has actually helped me in a bunch of different ways. I used the loan to buy a second trailer which enabled me to take on more than one event or catering job at a time. This second trailer is wrapped with our brand design and the name of the company, so it gives the business more visibility and the great professional look it deserves.

Working through the process with my loan officer at Accion was great. She helped me think through where I wanted to go with my business and helped me develop my business plan. When I applied for the loan, I really had a vision for how it would help me grow BBQ’d Productions in a smart way.

Q: Have you been able to take advantage of any of the coaching offered through the program?

A:  Yes and in many ways, that has been as important as the loan. I attended a Speed Coaching event recently and had the chance to sit down and talk to Jim Koch. It is amazing how much we have in common around the way we approach our businesses… the creativity, the importance of being independent, and the emphasis we both put on quality and our shared love for making a product that makes people happy. I’ve also received coaching from the Sam Adams team by phone in marketing and in human resources, and I’ve been able to apply a lot of the suggestions the coaches made.

Q: What’s the best part of going to work at BBQ’d Productions every day?

A: Getting up every day, looking out the window and seeing a trailer in my driveway with my name on it. It is so gratifying to be able to say, “I did that.” After four years of running the business, BBQ’d Productions is an actual brand that people associate with good things – not just great BBQ, but also a hardworking guy who gives back to his community.

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.

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.


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


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.

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

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

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.


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…


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

Sam Can Chicken Recipe from Chef David Burke

As a Boston sports fanatic, I can tell you that tailgating is a competitive sport for the true fan – not something to be taken lightly. In the parking lots before the big game, it’s not unusual to encounter people five hours before kickoff, grilling away and setting up their spreads.

You usually see a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, but with the help of Chef David Burke, we’ve created the perfect dish to bolster your tailgating arsenal: “Sam Can” Chicken, made with our very own Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

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Our new Boston Lager cans offer a more convenient way to enjoy the great taste of Boston Lager whether you’re tailgating at the game or “homegating” in front of the television. It also offers us the opportunity to experiment with even more recipes. Chef Burke’s unique approach calls for a funnel (placed atop the chicken like a hat) to allow steam to circulate, releasing layers of flavor and moisture into the chicken, and keeping the chicken moist. The can serves as a vertical roast rack for the chicken, which can be roasted on the grill, in a smoker or even in your home oven.

Why is craft beer perfect for a beer can chicken recipe, you might ask?  The Boston Lager actually acts as a built-in “spice packet.” As the beer boils, the chicken is infused with delicious, malt-and-hops laden steam, which adds a complex range of flavors, from roasted to slightly sweet. A variety of hops lend floral, piney and citrus notes to the chicken.

With the fall sports season now in full swing, there’s no better time to try out this exciting new recipe. I recommend pairing it with, you guessed it, Boston Lager.

Samuel Adams® Sam Can Chicken Recipe

Recipe by Chef David Burke

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 1 whole fryer chicken (approximately 3 to 5 pounds) with giblets removed
  • One 12-ounce can of Samuel Adams Boston Lager® (Find it here)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon for fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 stainless steel cooking funnel (will need for cooking)


Create the chicken marinade by mixing all the ingredients, except for the chicken, in a mixing bowl. Next, add the chicken to marinade and marinate for 2 hours.

Heat the grill (on high, or until coals are ready for cooking). Open the can of Sam Adams Boston Lager®. Remove 1 tablespoon of beer from the can. Using a grill fork or knife, punch a few holes in the top of the can. Place your chicken right side up on the can. It should sit up straight. (TIP: Be sure to place the beer can as far into the chicken as you can, as if you were balancing the chicken on the can.) Cut a small hole at the top of the chicken to allow steam to go in and out. Then, place a stainless steel funnel over the top of the chicken and cover the funnel hole with foil; this will hold the steam in and allow it to circulate and keep the chicken moist. (TIP: The wide opening of the funnel should fit snuggly over the chicken).

Place the beer can chicken in the middle of the grill and close the grill. Let the chicken cook for about 1 hour or until the meat reaches the temperature of 165 degrees.

For conventional ovens: Set the oven to 375 degrees and cook the chicken on the bottom rack. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.

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National Cheeseburger Day: Blue Cheese Burger with OctoberFest Caramelized Onions and Boston Lager Ketchup

Burger photo for blogWe wanted to give you a fresh spin on one of America’s favorite foods on National Cheeseburger Day using OctoberFest and Boston Lager. Hope you enjoy my favorite burger!

Here’s what the cheeseburger is comprised of:

Grilled Pretzel Bun (my personal preference- but any grilled bun you prefer will work)
Burger (Maybe even try the Boston Lager cut from Robinson’s Prime Reserve)
Blue Cheese

OctoberFest Caramelized Onions:
Slice onions (2 Vidalia) into half moons
Cook over medium heat with couple tablespoons of butter for about 10 minutes
Add ½ bottle of OctoberFest and a tablespoon of brown sugar and cook for 3-5 minutes until slightly translucent
Reduce heat to simmer and add the rest of the bottle of OctoberFest 10 minutes or until you like the texture/flavor

Boston Lager Ketchup:
6 Ounce can of tomato paste
½ cup of Boston Lager
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon of dry mustard
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch* of garlic powder
Pinch of allspice
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of clove
Salt and Pepper to taste (you can use some smoked pepper if you like to add a depth of savory smoky character)
*pinch is recommended but you can add more or less of each of these for your favorite flavors

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until you have the consistency you want.  Will last 3-4 weeks refrigerated.

Once you have your ingredients together, you can add them to your burger to your liking!

This cheeseburger recipe pairs best with a Boston Lager. 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 prepares the palate for the next bite.

Boston Lager’s first flight – and Jim’s first tasting at 35,000 feet

Social1_INSTAGRAMEver 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 Tasting In Flight

Jim and Marty St. George tastes passengers on JetBlue flight from Boston to JFK Airport in New York City.

Jim in T5

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.