Fire Up #IPADay with a Spicy Pairing!

Jennifer and the CIAAs a brewer and self-proclaimed foodie, one of my favorite things to do is pair our beers with food and I know I’m not alone. In fact, many brewers have a theory about pairing IPAs with food: the bitterness in hops affects the heat in spicy food.

To celebrate IPA Day (Thursday, August 6), we put this theory to the test and I joined the awesome culinary professionals at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. to “study” this theory. My excitement level was off the charts to conduct an official sensory experiment with food experts.  If tests at school had been this fun, I’d be back in a heartbeat!

How We Did It: The Taste Panel & Sample Ballot

At the CIA, we tested this theory using an easy method and delicious materials. We tasted the three West Coast-style IPAs in our Rebel family – Rebel IPA, Rebel Rider Session IPA, and Rebel Rouser Double IPA – alongside a single recipe of Buffalo wings. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Read More

Samuel Adams and Duke’s Raise a Pint to Father’s Day

Dukes_GingerCitrus_SAcanHere at the Boston Brewery, we’re getting ready to toast dads all across the country on Father’s Day. Of course, we’ll have a Boston Lager in hand, but this year our brewers teamed up with the meat experts at Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats to raise the bar for the ultimate Father’s Day DIY: Samuel Adams Boston Lager-infused beef jerky.

Perfect for creating and enjoying with dad on his special day, Boston Lager-infused jerky is both easy to make and delicious, and while you’re marinating the thinly sliced beef in beer and spices, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with dad over a Boston Lager.

For the recipe below,  Boston Lager Fresh Ginger & Citrus jerky, the citrus flavors in the marinade and meat rub are enhanced by the citrus character from the Noble hops in Boston Lager. The malt character from the Boston Lager also imparts an underlying flavor that perfectly complements the flavors of the meat. The end result is a deliciously complex jerky with lingering spiciness. Read More

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

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. Read More

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

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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.

Taco Tuesday featuring OctoberFest!

Ofest Taco TuesdayWhile a busy summer has taken us in a variety of different directions, today we reconnected with our friends over at Pennypackers Food Truck, a local Boston-area food truck, to create a taco that is infused with one of our beers.

To help welcome the fall season, we sent a few cases of our popular Samuel Adams® OctoberFest, which is our version of the classic Oktoberfest lager which blends 5 roasted malts for a rich and hearty flavor. Pennypackers decided to match the big, caramel  malty taste of OctoberFest with Korean BBQ flank steak with Bok Choy Slaw and Beery Bird Chili Vinaigrette. The sweet, caramel, and toffee notes in the beer work very well with the spice and soy punch of Korean BBQ. You can taste all of the varied complexity of the fresh chilis, herbs, spices, and pear; all buoyed on a bed of German malty goodness that is Samuel Adams OctoberFest. Read More

Summer Cooking with Beer

ClambakeSummer is here, and in New England that means it’s time for beer and seafood. We recently teamed up with New England cuisine expert and Food Network Star Chef Michele Ragussis on a Summer Ale-infused clambake – a combination of lobsters, clams, sausage and fresh vegetables boiled in Summer Ale for added layers of flavor, ready to cook at home or beachside.

Chef Michele Ragussis, a New England native, is known for her love of seafood and has long used craft beer, both as a pairing and as an ingredient, to enhance the flavor of the dishes she creates. A few weeks ago, we met at the brewery to chat about how to make the raw components of beer shine in cooking. Michele found that the ingredients of Summer Ale, like lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a cardamom-like pepper from Africa, were the perfect addition to her favorite clambake recipes. 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

Taco Tuesday featuring Alpine Spring!

Taco_AlpineSpringAfter a few months apart, we have reconnected with our friends Pennypackers Food Truck, a local Boston-area food truck, to create a taco that is infused with one of our beers.

To help start thinking of warmer days ahead, we handed the guys our spring seasonal Samuel Adams® Alpine Spring, an unfiltered lager with a balance of bright citrus & crisp maltiness. Pennypackers decided to match the citrus notes of this brew with braised pork with beans, cabbage, and cilantro for a wide-array of flavors all complimenting one another.

Given that not all Sam fans can get to Boston to enjoy these in person, Pennypackers once again was kind enough to pass along the recipe and simple cooking instructions for you to experiment and create your own. Looking for other taco recipes?  Take a look here.
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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

Not Just for Beer: Cooking with Hops

As we’ve said many times before, “hops are to beer what grapes are to wine.” Their variety, origin, and nuances of flavor create the soul of the beer. For most beers, hops lend bitterness and not a lot more. That bitterness comes from the alpha acids of the hop. However, we select hops for the aromatic flavor qualities over their bittering value. Aroma hops, with their lower alpha acids, produce an array of complex flavors and aromas in our beers from citrus and fruit to pine and eucalyptus. If you love beer but don’t know much about hops, we recommend this great hop round-up from Draft Magazine.Alpine-Spring-and-Hops-150x150

With the thought of hops running through your head, we wanted to take this moment to let you know that our brewing team have come together with our friend Chef David Burke to develop an awesome hops-infused brunch inspired by our Alpine Spring seasonal brew. For those who have tasted this bright and citrusy unfiltered lager, you have experienced the Tettnang Tettnanger hops which are cultivated on 100-year-old vines in hop gardens at the foothills of the Alps.

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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