Looking for #RebelRaw?

Our brewers are really excited to announce that Rebel Raw, a big, hoppy double IPA with a 10% ABV and 100 IBUs, is now on shelves!

Rebel Raw is a limited release with a 35 day shelf life. IPA lovers can only find it in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
We brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel to create a huge hop character bursting with citrus, floral, spice, and resinous pine notes. Imagine burying your nose in a pile of fresh hop cones – that’s what you’ll experience when you sip Rebel Raw.

Because this is such an aggressively hop-forward brew, freshness is critical. Hop character diminishes over time, and we want IPA-lovers to enjoy this brew as fresh as possible in order to experience the optimal range of hop flavors and aromas.

So, if you find it, DRINK IT IMMEDIATELY to enjoy that fresh hop aroma and flavor. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

We’ll be live updating this post. So, keep checking back to see where you can find Rebel Raw on shelves near you.

BOSTON

  • ATLAS LIQUORS -QUINCY 665 ADAMS ST QUINCY
  • AUBURNDALE DISCOUNT WINE – 2102 COMM AVE NEWTON
  • BELLE ISLE WINE&SPIRITS – 1144 SARATOGA STREET EAST BOSTON
  • BLANCHARD-REVERE INC. – 286 AM LEG HGWY REVERE
  • BLANCHARDS-ALLSTON INC. – 103 HARVARD AVE ALLSTON
  • BLANCHARDS-J P INC. – 741 CENTRE ST JAMAICA PLAIN
  • BLANCHARDS-W ROX INC. – 418 LAGRANGE ST WEST ROXBURY
  • BRADY’S PACKAGE STORE – 1516 COMMERCIAL ST WEYMOUTH
  • BROOKLINE LIQUOR – 1354 COMM AVE ALLSTON
  • CAMBRIDGE WINE & SPIRITS – 202 ALEWIFE BROOK PK CAMBRIDGE
  • CHARLESTOWN LIQUORS – 10 THOMPSON SQ CHARLESTOWN
  • CONTAN LIQUORS INC. – 115 ALEWIFE BROOK PK SOMERVILLE
  • CRAFT BEER CELLAR – 14 AUSTIN STREET NEWTONVILLE
  • CRAFT BEER CELLAR – 28 COMMERCIAL STREET BRAINTREE
  • CROWLEY’S LIQUORS – 152A BOSTON AVE SOMERVILLE
  • CURTIS LIQUOR-WEYMOUTH – 486 COLUMBIAN ST WEYMOUTH
  • D & L LIQUORS – 119-123 RIVER ST WALTHAM
  • DION & LEAHAN INC. – 856 LEXINGTON ST. WALTHAM
  • EAST BOSTON MALT – 216 BORDER ST EAST BOSTON
  • GARY’S LIQ – 655 VFW PKWY CHESTNUT HILL
  • GORDON LIQUORS – 599 MOODY ST WALTHAM
  • GORDONS FINE WINE & LIQ. – 31 AUSTIN ST NEWTON
  • GORDONS WALTHAM LIQ STORE – 894-898 MAIN STREET WALTHAM
  • GRANITE PACKAGE-WEYMOUTH – 622 MIDDLE ST WEYMOUTH
  • JERRYS LIQ STORE – 329 SOMERVILLE AVE SOMERVILLE
  • KAPPYS – 325 BENNETT HWY RTE MALDEN
  • LAND OF LIQUOR – 1164 NORTH SHORE RD REVERE
  • LIBERTY WINE AND SPIRITS – 238-300 GROVE ST BRAINTREE
  • LIQUOR LAND – 1033 MASSACHUSETTS AVE BOSTON
  • MACY’S – 1826 CENTRE ST WEST ROXBURY
  • MACY’S LIQUORS – 1093 LEXINGTON ST WALTHAM
  • MARTY’S BIG BUYS – 103 NORTH BEACON STREET ALLSTON
  • MARTY’S LIQUORS – 675 WASHINGTON ST NEWTON
  • PALUMBO’S – 419 HIGH-PLAIN ST WALPOLE
  • PARKINGWAY WINE INC – 600 MASS AVE CAMBRIDGE
  • PEMBERTON FARMS – 2225 MASS AVE CAMBRIDGE
  • SAMS PACKAGE – 262 MAIN ST WALPOLE
  • THE WINE CELLAR – 791 BROAD STREET WEYMOUTH

CHICAGO

  • Beer Temple – 3185 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Binny’s
    • 3000 N. Clark Street
    • 1720 N. Marcey Street
    • 1132 S.  Jefferson Street
    • 213 W. Grand Avenue
  • Bottles and Cans – 4109 N Lincoln Ave
  • Capone’s Liquor & Food – 3678 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Cardinal – 4905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Crown Liquors – 2821 N Milwaukee Ave
  • Franklin Tap – 325 S Franklin Street
  • G N S Food & Liquor – 4092 N Broadway St, Chicago
  • Garfield’s – 1704 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Grand & Western Armanetti Beverage – 515 N Western Ave, Chicago
  • High dive – 1938 w Chicago
  • Lion’s Head – 2251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Monks Pub 203 – w lake street
  • PK’s Pantry – 6128 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Rayan’s Liquors – 4553 N Clark St, Chicago
  • Rocking Horse – 2535 N Milwaukee Ave
  • Sarah Mart – 3601 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Twisted Spoke – 501 N Ogden Ave
  • Uncork-It – 393 E Illinois St, Chicago
  • Vas Foremost – 2300 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

NEW YORK CITY

  • 120 BAY CAFÉ – 120 BAY STREET, STATEN ISLAND
  • 5TH AVENUE MARKET – 185 5TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • 69TH ST.BEER DIST- 55-13 69TH STREET,  MASPETH
  • 7-11 – 191 MIDDLETOWN ROAD, PEARL RIVER
  • 72 LUCKY LOTTO INC – 7201 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • ABC BEER CO – 96 AVENUE C GROUND FLOOR, NEW YORK
  • ARTS AND CRAFT BEER PARLOR – 26 WEST 8TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • B & B BEVERAGE – 212 02 41ST AVENUE, BAYSIDE
  • BAR BACON – 832 9TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • BEER CULTURE – 328 WEST 45TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • BEER HOUSE INC. – 87-06 ROCKAWAY BEACH BOULEVARD, ROCKAWAY BEACH
  • BEER TOWN & SODA INC – 135-26A CROSS BAY BOULEVARD, OZONE PARK
  • BEVERAGE DEPOT LTD – 166-01 NORTHERN BOULEVARD                , FLUSHING
  • BEVERAGE PLUS – 255-47 JERICHO TURNPIKE, FLORAL PARK
  • BONCHON – 957 2ND AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • BOOTLEG MANNINGS – 2629 FOREST AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND
  • BREWSKIS BAR & GRILL – 3718 EAST TREMONT AVENUE, BRONX
  • BROADWAY DIVE BAR – 2662 BROADWAY, NEW YORK
  • BROOKLYN HARVEST MARKET – 204 UNION AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • BROOKLYN HARVEST MARKET – 34 NORTH 6TH STREET UNIT A, BROOKLYN
  • BROWNSTONE BILLIARDS – 308-16 FLATBUSH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • CAKE SHOP – 152 LUDLOW STREET, NEW YORK
  • CAROUSEL DISTR – 436 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • CHAMP BEVERAGE – 2248 HYLAN BLVD., STATEN ISLAND
  • CITY SWIGGERS  – 320 – EAST 86TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • CLINTON GOURMET CORP – 648 10TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • DON PEPI’S DELI – PENN STATION MAIN CONCOURSE, NEW YORK
  • EARL’S BEER & CHEESE – 1259 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • EARTH’S BASKETING – 599 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • EAST WEST GROC – 532 9TH AVE, NEW YORK
  • FINE FAIR – 175 CLINTON STREET, NEW YORK
  • FOOD CELLAR & COMPANY – 4-85 47TH RD, LONG ISLAND CITY
  • FULL CUP – 388 VAN DUZER STREET, STATEN ISLAND
  • GH FOOD – 750 MANHATTAN AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • GOOD BEER – 422 EAST 9TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • HANNY GULF – 202 E CENTRAL AVE, PEARL RIVER
  • HEIGHTS TAVERN – 3910 BROADWAY , NEW YORK
  • HILLSIDE BEER & SODA – 265-08 HILLSIDE AVENUE, FLORAL PARK
  • HOLIDAY BEVERAGES – 4569 AMBOY ROAD, STATEN ISLAND
  • JUDGE ROY BEAN – 38 WEST 56TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • LIBERTY TAVERN – 382-384 FOREST AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND
  • MALT & MOLD – 221 EAST BROADWAY, NEW YORK
  • MALT & MOLD – 362 2ND AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • MILE 17 – 1446 1ST AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • MILK AND HOPS – 63 EAST 9TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • MORTON WILLIAMS  – 130 BLEEKER STREET, NEW YORK
  • MS CONVENIENCE – 8610 4TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • NAVARRO GROCERY – 945 4TH AVE, BROOKLYN
  • NOBLE GRAINS NYC – 313 EAST 95TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • ORGANIC CONV. INC – 414 COURT STREET, BROOKLYN
  • ORGANIC GIRL ON 3RD INC – 9401 3RD AVENUE, BROOKLYN
  • PLAYHOUSE MARKET – 20 SOUTH BROADWAY, NYACK
  • SMITHFIELD HALL – 138 W 25TH STREET, NEW YORK
  • THE BEER CONNECTION  – 31-07B  STARR AVENUE, LONG ISLAND CITY
  • THE MALT HOUSE – 206 THOMPSON STREET, NEW YORK
  • THUNDER JACKSON – 169 BLEECKER ST, NEW YORK
  • TOP HOPS BEER SHOP – 94 ORCHARD STREET, NEW YORK
  • TRADEWISE SUPERMARKET – 1165 BROADWAY, BROOKLYN
  • TRI-BORO BEVERAGE DIST – 41-10 ASTORIA BLVD, ASTORIA
  • ULYSSES – 91-97 PEARL STREET, NEW YORK
  • URBAN BARLEY
  • VINTNER WINE MARKET – 671 9TH AVE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE MARKET – 77 7TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE MARKET – 84 3RD AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WESTSIDE STOP ONE DELI – 700 AMSTERDAM AVENUE, NEW YORK
  • WHISKEY KITCHEN – 60 ROUTE 303, VALLEY COTTAGE
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET
    • 95 EAST HOUSTON STREET, NEW YORK
    • 214 3RD STREET, BROOKLYN
    • 4 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK
    • 10 COLUMBUS CIRCLE STE SC101A, NEW YORK
    • 270 GREENWICH STREET, NEW YORK
    • 1551 3RD AVENUE, NEW YORK
    • 226 EAST 57TH STREET, NEW YORK
    • 250 7TH AVENUE, NEW YORK
    • 808 B COLUMBUS AVE,  NEW YORK
  • ZAROS BAKE SHOP – 2 PENN PLAZA CONCOURSE LEVEL, NEW YORK
  • ZARO’S BREAD BASKET – E.43RD CORNER VANDERBILT, NEW YORK

WASHINGTON DCPHILADELPHIA
• 320 Market – 713 S Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA
• American Sardine Bar – 1800 Federal St, Philadelphia
• Arcadia Chios The Greeks – 239 Haverford Ave, Narberth PA
• Avani Inc Federal Beer – 1440 Federal St 42, Philadelphia PA
• B & B – 3670 Sawmill Rd, Doylestown PA
• Baileys Bar & Grille – 6914 Bristol Emilie Rd., Levittown PA
• Beer City Quakertown – 391 W Broad St, Quakertown PA
• Bell Beverage – 2809 S Front St, Philadelphia PA
• Bella Vista – 755 S 11th St, Philadelphia PA
• Bensalem Beer & Soda – 1919 Street Rd, Bensalem PA
• Big Top Roslyn – 1555 Easton Rd, Abington PA
• Blue Dog Family Tavern – 4275 County Line Rd., Chalfont PA
• Blue Dog Ii – 850 S Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale PA
• Boathouse – 113 Fayette St, Conshohocken PA
• Boccellas – 37 W Eagle Rd, Havertown PA
• Bottle Bar East – 1308 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Bottles Packs & Growlers – 701 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia PA
• Bounds Beverages – 308 Easton Rd, Warrington PA
• Brew – 1900 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA
• Brewers Outlet – 7401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Bridgids – 726 N 24th St, Philadelphia PA
• Bru Craft & Wurst – 1318 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Butcher And Barkeep – 712 Main St, Harleysville PA
• Candlewyck – 2551 Durham Rd, Buckingham PA
• Capones Restaurant – 224 W Germantown Pike, Norristown PA
• Cedar Point Bar & Restaurant – 2370 E Norris St, Philadelphia PA
• Cheu Noodle Bar – 255 S 10th St, Philadelphia PA
• City Taphouse – 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Cold Spring Beverages – 773 Durham Rd, Newtown PA
• Craft Ale House – 708 W Ridge Pike, Royersford PA
• Craft Beer Outlet – 9910 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Dog & Bull Brew & Music – 810 Bristol Pike, Croydon PA
• East Falls Beverage – 4024 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia PA
• El Barrio – 1470 Buck Rd Village Shires Ce, Southampton PA
• Food And Friends – 1933 35 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• For Petes Sake – 900 S Front St, Philadelphia PA
• Frank A Smith Beverages – 180 Shoemaker Rd, Pottstown PA
• Franklin Beer Dist – 1837 Callowhill St, Philadelphia PA
• Frontier Saloon – 336 Kedron Ave, Folsom PA
• Global Beer Distributor – 1150 N American St, Philadelphia PA
• Grace Tavern – 2229 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Guilianos Deli – 2202 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside PA
• Hulmeville Inn – 4 Trenton Rd, Langhorne PA
• Iron Abbey – 680 N Easton Rd, Horsham PA
• Isacc Newtons – 18 S State St Rear, Newtown PA
• Javies Beverages – 4901 Umbria St, Philadelphia PA
• Kite & Key – 1836 42 Callowhill St, Philadelphia PA
• Kunda Beverage – 349 S Henderson Rd, King Of Prussia PA
• Latimer Deli – 255 S 15th St 257, Philadelphia PA
• Liones Pizzaria – 102 Wallace Ave, Downingtown PA
• Local 44 – 4333 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• Locust Deli – 236 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Madira – 1252 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Monde Market – 100 S 21st St, Philadelphia PA
• Monks Cafe – 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia PA
• Northeast Beer – 7317 Castor Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Old Nelson Food – 3020 Market St, Philadelphia PA
• Old Philly Ale House – 565 N 20th St, Philadelphia PA
• Parkway Corner Deli – 2200 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia PA
• Pasquallys – 202 43rd St, Philadelphia PA
• Phillys Steaks & Beer – 160 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd, Langhorne PA
• Pinocchios Family Restaurant – 131 E Baltimore Ave, Media PA
• Rinos Pizza – 327 E Lancaster Ave, Exton PA
• Rons Original Bar & Grill – 74 E Uwchlan Ave, Exton PA
• Rye Brew – 2816 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia PA
• South Philly Tap Room – 1509 Mifflin St, Philadelphia PA
• Spinnerstown Hotel – 2195 Spinnerstown Rd, Quakertown PA
• Springfield Beer Dist – 2206 Washington Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Station Tap House – 194 W Ashland St, Doylestown PA
• Steam Pub – 606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton PA
• Stones Fairmount Bev Ctr – 1701 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Super Value Beverage Co – 625 Mearns Rd, Warminster PA
• The Beer Shoppe – 44 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore PA
• The Beer Store – 215 W Lancaster Ave, Malvern PA
• The Beer Store – 488 2nd St Pike, Southampton PA
• The Beer Yard – 218 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA
• The Bottle Shop – 1837 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia PA
• The Grey Lodge Pub – 6235 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA
• The Industry – 1401 Moyamensing, Philadelphia PA
• Thriftway #2497 – 2497 Aramingo Ave, Philadelphia PA
• Towamencin Beverage – 1555 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville PA
• Trenton Road Tavern – 1024 Trenton Rd, Levittown PA
• University City Dist – 4300 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA
• Varga – 941 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
• Via Marconi Pizza Pub – 190 Forty Foot Rd, Hatfield PA
• Whole Foods Market – 821 Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA
• Whole Foods Market – 500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting PA
• Whole Foods Market – 475 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills PA

  • ACE BEVERAGE – 3301 NEW MEXICO AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BARREL HOUSE LIQUORS – 1341 14TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BATCH 13 – 1724 14TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BELL WINE & LIQUOR – 1821 M ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • BIER BARON HOTEL & TAVERN – 1523 22ND ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CAIRO LIQUOR STORE – 1618 17TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CALVERT WOODLEY LIQUORS – 4339 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CHEVY CHASE WINE & SPIRIT – 5544 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CIRCLE LIQUORS – 5501 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CITY TAP HOUSE – 901 9TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CLEVELAND PARK LIQUOR – 3423 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • CONNECTICUT AVENUE LIQUOR – 1529 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • DVINES – 3103 14TH ST N W, WASHINGTON DC
  • FADO IRISH PUB – 808 7TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • HARRIS TEETER #231 – 1631 KALORAMA RD NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • IRVING LIQUORS – 3100 MT PLEASANT STR NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MAGRUDER LIQUOR – 5618 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • METRO LIQUORS – 1726 COLUMBIA RD NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MODERN LIQUORS – 1200 9TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • MORRIS MILLER LIQUOR – 7804 ALASKA AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • NANNY O’BRIENS – 3319 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • NEW H WINE & SPIRITS – 914 H ST NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • OPEN DOOR MARKET – 2160 CALIFORNIA ST, WASHINGTON DC
  • ORANGE SPOON BUFFET – 1255 23RD ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • PREGO AGAIN – 1617 17TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • RIVERSIDE LIQUOR – 2123 E ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • RODMANS DISCOUNT DRUGS – 5100 WISCONSIN AVE NW STE B, WASHINGTON DC
  • SCHNEIDERS LIQUOR – 300 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • SHAW HOWARD DELI – 1911 7TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • SHERRYS WINE & SPIRITS – 2315 CALVERT ST NW STE A, WASHINGTON DC
  • SMOKE & BARREL – 2471 18TH ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • STAPLES BEER & WINE – 1364 FLORIDA AVE NE, WASHINGTON DC
  • SUDHOUSE – 1340 U ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • TENLEY MINI MARKET – 4326 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • TENLEY WINE & LIQUORS – 4525 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • VAN NESS LIQUORS – 4201 CONNECTICUT AVENW, WASHINGTON DC
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET
    • 1440 P ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
    • 2201 I ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
    • 2323 WISCONSIN AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
  • YES ORGANIC MARKET – 2123 14th St. NW, DC

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.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Brewing & Business Experienceship: A Q&A with ChuckAlek Independent Brewers

As part of the Brewing the American Dream program, craft brewers nationwide have the opportunity to apply for the Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship. Through the Experienceship, each year one craft brewer is selected and provided the opportunity to experience extended coaching and mentoring from the Samuel Adams team, access to beer industry events, and the opportunity to brew a collaboration beer with us at the Boston Brewery.

2014 Samuel Adams Longshot American Home Brew Contest

This year’s Experienceship winner is founder and head brewer Grant Fraley and co-founder and CEO Marta Jankowska of ChuckAlek Independent Brewers. ChuckAlek Independent Brewers opened its doors in January of 2013 in Ramona, CA. Named after their grandfathers, Chuck and Alek, the brewery pulls some of the past into the present by creating “Old School Beers for New School Palates,” with a particular focus on porters and stouts. We had a chance to chat with them about how they got into the craft beer industry, what they’re currently brewing, and how Brewing the American Dream has had an impact on their brewery.

Q: How did you get into brewing?

A (Grant): I got started brewing at home several years ago when I first moved to San Diego.  I got interested in doing more European and classic styles while pursuing my master’s degree in Geographic Information Science over in Germany and Austria.

Q: When did you make the jump into starting your own brewery?

A (Grant):  Marta and I were really interested in exploring different styles of beer that weren’t readily available in San Diego. You can get triple IPAs, double IPAs, black IPAs – they’re all so prevalent. We were brewing a lot of British and German styles at home and we were like hey – this isn’t really being done, so there was a good opportunity to bring underrepresented styles to San Diego craft beer drinkers. We opened ChuckAlek Independent Brewers with help from friends and family, but most of it we built out on our own, including the brew house.

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Craft Brewer’s Experienceship: A Q&A with Rick Abitol of Brewery Rickoli

Brewery RickoliAs part of our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, craft brewers who have received a loan through the program can apply for a Brewing and Business Experienceship. Experienceship brewers receive extended coaching and mentoring from a variety of Samuel Adams experts, a trip to Boston to visit our Boston Brewery – where we brew a collaboration beer – and the chance to join us at beer industry events.

This year’s Experienceship winner was Rick Abitbol, brewmaster of Brewery Rickoli, a craft brewery based in Wheat Ridge, CO that focuses on brewing delicious, gluten-reduced beers. We had the chance to sit and chat with Rick about his passion for brewing and how Brewing the American Dream has helped him pursue his dream of opening his own brewery.

Q: What’s the story behind the name of Brewery Rickoli?

A: It comes from a nickname derived from “Jeff Spicoli,” a character in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a nickname I earned years ago. My wife bought me custom pub glasses that said “Rickoli Tavern” on them and it really planted the seed – I thought maybe someday I would own my own brewery.

Q: Brewery Rickoli focuses on reducing the amount of gluten in your beer. Why is this important to you and what are the challenges of this approach?

A: The drive for us to brew gluten-removed beers is about changing the stigma that gluten-free equals bad taste. Removing the gluten doesn’t affect the taste of our beers. We can make great beer to accommodate people’s needs and eating/drinking preferences, and not sacrifice quality.

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Beers (and Foods) of Summer

It’s summertime (finally!), so that means it’s time to enjoy beers in the sunshine and invite some friends over to grill. Our Beers of Summer variety pack is a versatile collection of beers that’s sure to have a style to please everyone at your backyard BBQ. Here’s a guide to some of our favorite summer beer and food pairings to accompany your next cookout.

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Boston Lager: Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness, contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.

This is still our number one favorite for a reason. Its flavor makes it an incredibly versatile pairing with a lot of different foods and styles of cooking. In the summer, it really shines as a complement to barbeque beef brisket. The sweetness and caramel notes of the malt complement and add depth to the roasted, savory taste of the meat while the hops cut through the richness and contrast the tang of barbeque sauce.

Summer Ale: Citrusy with a hint of spice from lemon peel and Grains of Paradise.

In New England, we can’t get enough seafood – especially in the summer. For me, one quintessential pairing I look forward to every year is our Summer Ale and lobster. Lobster’s rich, sweet flavors are nicely balanced by the bright complexities of Summer Ale. The crisp wheat character balances out the buttery meat, while the citrus adds a fresh bite.

Porch Rocker: Tart & refreshing, a golden lager with a fresh squeezed lemon taste.

Beer and food pairings shouldn’t be reserved for only the main course! Porch Rocker makes a great pairing for light summer fare from apps, like a sharp cheddar cheese plate, to salad to desserts. It’s tart citrus lemon character accents and tames the sweetness in a blueberry cobbler and cuts through the creaminess of a cheesecake.

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Say “I Do” at the Boston Brewery with Brewlywed Ale

Jim BrewlywedJoin us on Wednesday, June 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boston Brewery as we host our one day release of Brewlywed Ale!  AND get the chance to have Bob Cannon (yes – the guy with the beard) come to your home to brew.  No really, keep reading.

Brides and grooms to be are invited to come down and get their hands on one (or more) of the 200 cases we brewed this year.  The 2014 batch of Brewlywed Ale, a Belgian-style “bride ale,” is a distinct and complex brew with layers of flavor including tropical, floral aromas of Summer and Ella hops, and subtle hints of spice and clove from Belgian yeast. At 8% ABV, Brewlywed Ale is a medium bodied brew, deep golden in color with a slight unfiltered haze.

Brewlywed Ale makes a great wedding brew or gift for someone else.  The beer is beautifully  packaged in decorated 750mL, cork-finished bottles and available for $14.99 per bottle, or purchased by the case of 12 (maximum of 2 cases per purchase).

The first 50 people in line have the opportunity to purchase a bottle signed by Jim Koch. You can get in line starting at 7 a.m. on the day of. The first 20 people to arrive in bridal attire will be moved to the front of the line (guaranteeing one of those bottles!)

Besides the opportunity to purchase Brewlywed Ale, here’s what we’ll have going on at the Brewery the day of the event:

  • Private Brewery tours.
  • An on-site Justice of the Peace will marry you or help you renew your vows… right in our brewery hop garden!  (Note: you have to bring your  marriage license). If you’re interested in getting married on June 18, e-mail us at brewlywed@samueladams.com.
  • Sampling of beer-infused wedding fare and pairing suggestions from local small business owners who are members of our Brewing the American Dream program.
  • Brides Across America, a Boston-based non-profit organization which provides free wedding dresses to military brides, will be accepting wedding dress donations. To be eligible for donation, dresses must be new or lightly worn, clean and less than five years old.

RSVP for the event here.

Can’t make it to Boston? Samuel Adams brewer Bob Cannon is going on the road to help one beer-loving couple homebrew their perfect wedding beer. Bob has a history of bridal brewing; he brewed what came to be Samuel Adams Irish Red for his own wedding. This experience will be for sale one-day-only on June 20th for $10,000 and all proceeds will go to Brides Across America. Be the first and only to purchase this once-in a lifetime experience!

We’ve also teamed up with Ted’s Cigars to create limited-edition Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale-seasoned cigars. The cigars, which showcase subtle spice notes and a floral sweetness from being seasoned by Brewlywed Ale, are the perfect wedding or groomsman gift. They will be available exclusively at tedscigars.com.

Looking for more beer-related wedding tips? Samuel Adams tapped wedding trend and planning website Lover.ly, who confirms that there’s a spike in interest from brides and grooms in serving specialty beer at weddings. Lover.ly has a ton of beer-related inspiration and expert tips that will no doubt help beer lovers integrate this trend into their own weddings!

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week With Us!

American Craft Beer Week is next week, and we’ll be celebrating all week long with some pretty special events at the Boston Brewery! Check out what we have going on and be sure to RSVP to join us in celebrating Craft Beer Week!:

Growler Launch Party

Monday, May 12th 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Celebrate the kick-off of American Craft Beer Week with us at the brewery as we officially launch our long awaited growler program! Now you can pick up the freshest Sam Adams beer to enjoy at home. We will be featuring specialty styles that we brewed just for American Craft Beer Week that will only be available here at the brewery as well as some traditional favorites.

You will be able to sample a few different styles of beers and enjoy pretzels from the Boston Pretzel Company and cupcakes from Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe, two local beneficiaries of our Brewing the American Dream program. If you give a $10 donation to our Brewing the American Dream program, you will receive a free growler!

RSVP here

Nano Brewery Tour

Tuesday, May 13th 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Our nano brewery is essentially a mini brewery (10 gallon system) where our brewers stretch their creativity and innovation. Working on a small scale, we do a lot of experimentation here. This is the first time ever that we have opened up our nano brewery to the public and we’re excited to have our nano brewers Grant McCracken and Eryn Bottens show you around!

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Stout Night

Wednesday, May 14th 6:00PM – 7:30PM

One of our brewers Seth Adams will do a guided tasting of a variety of Samuel Adams stout styles, including Samuel Adams Nitro Stout. Attendees will also receive a Samuel Adams Stout glass. We will also have cookies from local Brewing the American Dream beneficiary Delectable Desires.

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Summer Styles, BBQ, and Bluegrass Night

Thursday, May 15th 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Join us as we break out our Summer Favorites Brews and pair them with live bluegrass music from the Goodtime String Band and BBQ from Blue Ribbon BBQ!

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IPA Open Taps Night

Friday, May 16th 45 Minute timeslots between 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Join us as we pair cheeses from our local Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream small business beneficiary, City Feed, with a variety of our IPAs, including our new Rye IPA, Roggen Wolf. We will also have a coffee IPA that was brewed exclusively for this event available for sale in growlers.

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Not in the greater Boston area? We have plenty of tap takeovers happening all over the country to celebrate American Craft Beer Week! Check out our Events page to see if there is an event near you.

LongShot American Homebrew Contest: Introducing Cesar Marron’s Grätzer

Cesar Maron_DeanIn the last post of the 2013 LongShot series, we catch up with our final winner Cesar Marron who tells us about how a wedding favor changed the course of his life and his current mission of starting a successful nano brewery in his town of Evanston, IL.

Q: How long have you been a homebrewer? How did you get into it?

A: A little over four years now. I went to a wedding and the favor was a homebrewed IPA. I had never heard of homebrewing and was inspired to find out that you could make beer at home.  I  wanted to prove to myself that I could brew a great beer. My wife soon bought me a brew kit and since then there has almost never been a two week period that’s gone by when I don’t brew a beer.

Q: A Grätzer is a very unique style – what inspired you to brew it for your LongShot submission?

A: I was inspired by the history of Grätzers. They have been brewed in Poland for 500 years or so, and there is an active community of homebrewers in Poland who to this day brew with the recipe that originated in the 1800s.

Q: What does it taste like?

A: It’s a wheat beer made with smoked wheat. It’s made with smoked wheat because the process to kiln the malt 150 years ago was always over a fire. The locals used whatever wood sources were available to them and in Poland, it was oak. Oak provides a high heat and clean smoke – it’s a dryer smoked flavor that has a sort of sweet flavor to it as well.

I also used Saaz hops, which provides herbal notes and a spicy flavor.

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LongShot American Homebrew Contest: Introducing Teresa’s Pineapple IPA

teresa longshot IPAWe received nearly a thousand entries for our 2013 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, and this month, we’re excited to release the LongShot Variety 6-pack with the winning brews!

Each year, one of the three winning Longshot beers comes from a Samuel Adams employee. We had a chance to chat with this year’s winning Samuel Adams employeee homebrewer, Teresa Bury, to learn more about her Pineapple India Pale Ale.

Q: What do you do at Samuel Adams?

A:  I work on our Brewery Operations team and help make sure the brewery runs smoothly  and to make sure we brew  the right amount of beer so we have enough for all our drinkers!

I left my previous job at the age of 42 to pursue my passion for beer and it has been one my best choices I’ve made! It is very feasible to pursue your passion and to find a job that encompasses that passion.

Q: How long have you been a homebrewer? Do you have a particular style that is your go-to homebrew?

A: I have been homebrewing for about four years. I love to drink beer, but I really wanted to get into the process of making beer to help gain a deeper understanding of the brewing process – how it works, the ingredients, etc.

In terms of favorite beer styles, I’m a hop head and I love IPAs, especially when they’re brewed with west coast hops. For one of my most recent batches, I brewed a coconut IPA.  One of my favorite Samuel Adams IPAs is Latitude 48.

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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!

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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!

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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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Beers, Beards, & Baseball

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

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

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

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

Cheers to beers, beards, and baseball!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest Celebration to Raise Funds for Boston Marathon Victims

edited ofest photoWe are excited to announce that we will be partnering with The Greg Hill Foundation to host a Celebrity Stein Hoist at our annual Octoberfest event on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Park Plaza Castle!  Former players from the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and New England Patriots will go head to head—or stein to stein—to compete in a traditional stein hoisting competition to raise money for Boston Marathon victims.

So, who will these athletes turned hoisters be?

Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots offensive lineman
Dana Barros, former Boston Celtics point guard
Lou Merloni, radio personality and former Boston Red Sox second baseman
Bob Sweeney, former Boston Bruins center

We will also be joined by Greg Hill, founder of The Greg Hill Foundation and host of WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show.

Need more reason to join us?  We will also be offering a very unique tasting booth. For a $10 donation to the Greg Hill Foundation, you can sample Utopias, one of the strongest beers in the world (29% ABV).  According to Jim, ” Utopias invokes the flavors of rich vintage port, fine Cognac or aged sherry, while feeling surprisingly light on the palate.” It’s a tasting experience you won’t soon forget.

Tickets for both Friday night and Saturday’s all day Octoberfest Celebration are on sale now.  It’s a release party, and a celebration of all things good about beer, brewing and Octoberfest in Boston.  The event will feature more than 15 specialty beer styles, stein hoisting competitions, food and beer pairings, giveaways and more!

Prost!

Cooking with Beer: Q&A with John Holl

We had the opportunity to sit down with  John Holl, author and editor of All About Beer Magazine, who stopped by the Boston Brewery to sign copies of his new book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries. Here’s what he had to say about beer and food pairings and the one style of beer he just can’t live without…

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Q: What inspired you to write your new book The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries?

A: I wanted to be able to tell the story about American beer and food culture right now. The craft beer movement has kept pace with the “eat local” movement – so many people want to eat authentic, and remember the real pleasure of eating. They don’t want microwaveable meals anymore.

There are also limitless options with what brewers are doing around the country, and I wanted to explore those together.

Q: In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions about beer and food pairings?

A: Everyone seems to think that if you’re having a nice meal, you should have a bottle of wine on the table. That’s great, but beer brings so much more to food pairings. One of the problems we have with beer is that people use words like “bitter” to describe hops or use technical terms to describe flavors. We need to start describing the flavor of beer in food terms – coffee, citrus, or pine that you get from hops. Once we do that, then people will really start thinking about how beer pairs well with meals.

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