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.

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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! Read More

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

Samuel Adams in a Can

Sam Can_SketchCraft brewers have debated putting beer in bottles vs. cans for years.  On one side of the aisle, you have purists who think that cans are meant to carry mass domestic beer. On the other side, brewers who see the benefits – a can is lighter weight, blocks out sunlight and enables you to take beer places where glass bottles aren’t allowed.  There’s even a website dedicated to “news and reviews for the canned beer revolution.”

I’m the first one to admit that I’ve been a purist about putting Sam Adams in a can.  I wasn’t convinced that the beer would taste as good as it does from a bottle.  I had flavor concerns based on my own experiences.  Read More

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Couple: Chocolate and Beer

Choc-and-Beer-Glass-150x150Valentine’s Day tends to be a wine-centric holiday, but pairing beer with Valentine’s Day favorites, such as chocolate, is a great way to take your relationship with craft beer to another level. In case you didn’t have a chance to try our holiday chocolate box, we have once again teamed up with our friends at San Francisco-based craft chocolate maker TCHO to offer a surprising combination that’s sure to satisfy the craft beer lover in your life: The “Love of Beer” Chocolate Box and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Beer and Wine Sommelier Gianni Cavicchi of the NYC Tour de France Restaurants put it best when he said, “Just as there’s someone for everyone, there’s a beer to perfectly pair with any food or dessert – it’s all about letting the flavor of one enhance the other. Read More

Gearing Up for the Big Game!

This is it! After five months of football viewing with countless pints of Boston Lager enjoyed from coast to coast, we’re down to two teams. While we’re bummed not to have our hometown New England team back in the game this year, we’re certain we’ll find ourselves in front of the television watching all the commercials (and maybe some of the game) as we hang out with family and friends and enjoy a few Boston Lagers.

New Orleans Big Game Pizza 2Our brewers have had a great time judging entries from Sam fans all over the country as part of our TOP THIS! Pizza Contest (you can see previous winners here). If you haven’t gotten in on the fun yet, be sure to submit your best pizza recipe here by midnight on February 3 for a chance to win a custom Samuel Adams grill. Read More

Beer, Pizza, and Playoff Football: Take Two!

Last week we celebrated the start of the football playoffs with one of our favorite pairings: pizza and Boston Lager! In addition to sharing some great recipes from our friend, Pizza Chef Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa Pizza School in New York City (you can view those recipes here), we also asked Sam drinkers to submit their best recipes in our TOP THIS! Pizza Contest.

Pizza and Lager_BeginningNeedless to say, we received some interesting suggestions for pizzas that paired great with our favorite beer, Boston Lager, and also represented the teams playing. A panel of our brewers sifted through the hundreds of submissions and chose their favorites. Among the winners, Brett C. of Indianapolis will be receiving a Samuel Adams football for his “Blue Cheese Stampede” pizza made with sweet marinara sauce, ground hamburger meat, pepperoni, ham, bacon bits, black olives, and a three cheese mixture of provolone, mozzarella, and blue cheese crumble. We hope the football helps ease the pain of his home team’s loss. Other winners include: Read More

Beer, Pizza, and Playoff Football!

What’s better than a great beer and delicious pizza? The same great beer and pizza during a big game.

With the football playoffs kicking off this week, we turned to our good friend, Pizza Chef Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa Pizza School in New York City, to create some amazing pizzas inspired by this weekend’s games. Not only do the pizzas pair perfectly with Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, but they use his special Samuel Adams Boston Lager infused pizza crust. Check out his recipes below!IMG_2229 copy

When it comes to pairing pizza with Boston Lager, the possibilities are endless. So we wanted to give you a chance to join in on the fun. Do you have some great pizza ideas that pair with our Boston Lager? We want ‘em! The pizza just needs to meet two basic criteria: it should pair with Boston Lager and represent a playoff team’s city in one way or another (this will require a bit more creativity). 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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Craft Beer vs. Red Wine

More and more, drinkers are appreciating craft beer in the same way they would a fine wine (i.e. smelling, tasting and proper pouring). They’re expanding their palates to include full-flavored beers as an alternative to red wine – in cooking, food pairings and gifting. Craft beers, like red wine, are brewed with the finest quality ingredients, yet can be more accessible and approachable, making them a great pairing for many foods.

Below we have outlined two different suggestions for a craft beer versus red wine tasting experience you can try at home. With Thanksgiving coming up in a little over a week, we feel it’s a perfect time to see why craft beer deserves a seat at the dinner table.  We’re not the only ones either… take a look at what Black Book magazine has to say about craft beer pairing with “fancy foods.”  Read More

Fall Tailgating with Our Boston Lager Cut

Grilling is undoubtedly one of the greatest culinary triumphs of summer, so why let the BBQ fade away when the cooler weather rolls in?  As we’re easing into fall (and FOOTBALL!), consider the other great grilling season, fall tailgating, with the Boston Lager Cut packages that our friends from Robinson’s Prime Reserve have put together.

Beer and meat… does it get any better?

Developed by artisanal meat purveyor Jake Dickson of Dickson’s Farmstand Meatsin NYC, the Boston Lager cut is designed to be the ideal beef counterpart to our flagship 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.  The beef and beer intersect with great caramel notes and sweetness, while the elegant hoppiness of our Boston Lager finishes the rich, meaty flavor of the cut.
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Sam Fan Recipes featuring Boston Lager & Tasman Red

Each week we receive a wide variety of awesome recipes from Sam fans that incorporate beer. As Jennifer has discussed before, cooking with beer can offer so many more complex flavors that can really make your dish standout (especially if you’re a beer lover). We recently came across a few side dishes featuring our flagship Boston Lager and Tasman Red from Sam Adams fan Dan Manca that we wanted to share for a variety reasons: they are quick and easy to prepare and they sound AWESOME! Take a look at the recipes below! Read More

We’re Collaborating with Berkshire Mountain Distillers!

As some of you may have heard, today we announced an exciting collaboration with Berkshire Mountain Distillers to distill two of our brews into two completely new spirits. Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Cinder Bock will be transformed to create a unique spirit taste (more on that below). For those not familiar with BMD, they are the first legal distillery in Massachusetts since prohibition and a pioneer in the craft distillery movement.

Chris Weld, BMD’s founder, came to us with an idea of distilling beer and we started tossing around ideas while sampling several of our beers and some of his distilled products from trial distillations before deciding to use Boston Lager and Cinder Bock for this project. From our first meeting it was clear that Chris carries the same passion for his spirits that we have for brewing beer. This looks to be the beginning of a beautiful collaboration. Read More