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.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale Steamed Halibut (or Chicken) in Foil with Prosciutto, Vegetables and Lemon

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Looking to mix up your grilling this summer? Chef David Burke came up with a recipe that can be used for chicken or fish. He suggests grilling this one with aluminum foil, which will keep the meat (or fish) juicy and tender. It also allows for you to prepare it ahead of time and makes for easy clean up, so you can spend more of your time enjoying a beer with friends.

Ingredients:

4 T olive oil

Zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 fennel bulb, slivered

1 zucchini, cut into ½-inch slices

1 yellow squash, cut into ½ -inch slices

1 large tomato, diced

½ cup blanched green beans, cut into ½-inch lengths

1 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped

¼ pound prosciutto ham, cut into thin strips

4 T bottled white horseradish

6 halibut steaks or fillets (or chicken breasts), about 5-6 ounces each

3 T cracked black peppercorns

Kosher salt to taste

Whole grain mustard

2 cans of Samuel Adams Summer Ale (¼ cup per foil pack)

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Boston Lager Smoked Gouda Cheeseburgers: A Recipe from BBQ’d Productions

Lager and burgerCraft beer is one of the most important ingredients you need to celebrate Independence Day this weekend.  And we’re not just talking about drinking beer.  We’re cooking with it too.

While you’re firing up the grills and celebrating July 4th, check out a recipe for a burger topped with smoked Gouda and beer caramelized onions from Brewing the American Dream program participant Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions:

Beer Cheese Topping:

2 Tablespoons of Salted Butter

2 Tablespoons of Flour

½ Bottle of Sam Adams Boston Lager

4oz Shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese

½ Teaspoon of Mustard

½ Teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Cayenne Pepper to Taste (Depends on how spicy you like)

Directions:

1. Melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat

2. When it bubbles and foams, add the flour and whisk together to form a paste.

3. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture turns from white to light tan.

4. Gradually whisk in the beer and slowly add the cheese, continuing to whisk until you have a thick cheese sauce. Stir in Cayenne.  Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use. You may need to reheat before serving.

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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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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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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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Tailgating Tips from Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman

kevinkolmanKevin Kolman is Weber’s Grill Master, making him Weber’s go-to guy for all grilling techniques, products, and questions. We were lucky enough to grill out with Kevin at the Boston Brewery in September so we took the opportunity to ask him for some pro tips about something we all love to do – tailgate.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the most common rookie mistake people make when tailgating?

A: 1.  Using the wrong grill.  2. Running out of fuel.   3.Running out of food.  4. Running out of beer.

Q: What is a cooking with beer dish that you could impress your friends with at a tailgate?

A: There are actually a couple of dishes that come of mind.  One is a BBQ cheeseburger with grilled onions.  I use Samuel Adams OctoberFest and mix it into my bbq sauce and warm for 5-7 minutes.  I then use that as a glaze right before the burger comes off the grill.  I also use OctoberFest when grilling onions.  The flavor and color are amazing, which really takes the burger to another place.

Q: Where and when did your most memorable tailgate take place?

A: It was actually October 10th of this year – I held a tailgate at Soldiers Field for more than 100 people. The weather was perfect and so was the food.  It will go down in history as one of my favorite grilling moments ever!

Want more ideas for how to have an awesome tailgate? Check out this video from the Weber blog.

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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