Sam Adams OctoberFest is already on taps as July winds down. The fest beer is one of the most popular and widely distributed of the style in the United States.
Boston Beer Company (and now Dogfish Head) first released Octoberfest in 1989. Since then, the beer has won numerous awards, as well as being the focus of the brewery’s annual Stein Hoisting Competition.
With this beer we honor the more than 200-year tradition of Oktoberfest in Munich and celebrate the turning of the seasons with our deep, rich lager and time-honored stein hoisting competitions. – Jim Koch, brewery founder
Sam Adams OctoberFest is available in 12oz Bottles, cans, and draft, seasonally.
Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger, Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Not going to lie. When we first saw the Black and Gold name, it seemed a little Steelers like to us. Black & yellow? Black & Gold? Whatever. Today, artwork prematurely surfaced for Samuel Adams Black & Gold, aimed at celebrating the Boston Bruins winning the (still in play) Stanley Cup.
Now, it’s no secret that breweries need to get artwork into the government ahead of time, but for any hardcore sports fan, you never want to jinx it.
The talking heads on sports networks heavily favor the Boston Bruins, who have actually won the Stanley Cup in recent memory. The Saint Louis Blues, an underdog by default, is the oldest active NHL team that has never touched The Cup.
More importantly, one of the most famous goals in NHL history game out of the Bruins and Blues on May 10, 1970. Bobby Orr, the Bruins defenseman, scored in overtime to win the Stanley Cup the Boston team for the first time since 1941. Orr was tripped by defensemen Noel Picard, and thanks to photographer Ray Lussier, the rest is history.
As for Black & Gold, the beer is a 16-ounce black lager, brewed in Pennsylvania that already has two NHL teams perpetually locked in a bloodbath.
Right now, the Blues lead in Game 3, as the Bruins have a 2-1 lead in the best of 7.
Still… this has to sting a bit for Blues fans. Perhaps in 2019 they will make history.
The Boston Red Sox have won the 2018 World Series and Boston Beer Company is celebrating true brewery style – with a beer.
This season marked the brewery’s first year as the official beer of the Red Sox. Now they have a new reason to celebrate, now they are champions once again.
Available this week only is Sam Adams Damage Done, an imperial IPA honoring the Red Sox achievement. The very appropriate New England IPA is aged on vanilla beans with guava, mango, and lactose.
Fans will only find this release at the Boston based brewery through the end of the week, available in commemorative crowlers seen above.
It might be hard to imagine an ale and a lager meshed together in a single beer. Especially since beer is pretty divided into one of those two categories. As it turns out, a fusion of the two styles can be pretty amazing as we just learned with Sam Adams ’76.
The brewers at Boston Beer Company used two active fermentations, one for a lager and one for an ale to create Sam Adams ’76. The idea is to blend the “fruitiness” of an ale with the smoothness of a lager. Sound a little odd? We thought so too.
The year of experimenting (around 60 iterations according to the brewery) was well worth it. Sam Adams ’76 is one of the best session beers we’ve tried in a long time. ‘76 pours a light gold/straw flavor and looks almost creamy at first splash. Imagine something like a pale ale brewed with Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops blended with a crisp lager. Yeah, it’s hard to piece together that flavor. That’s why trying this beer is a must. This hybrid beer compliments a wide range of food, those days when you start day drinking early, or just a break from a hefty IPA or stout session with friends. Easy drinking, clean, refreshing, all those buzz words are applicable here.
In our minds, this beer is definitely a win.
Sam Adams ’76 is available in 12-ounce cans now, draft in April 2018.
Style: Light Lager (Hybrid Beer)
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft (April). Year-Round
Debut: January 2018
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Boston, Massachusetts based Boston Beer Company is releasing a new collaboration pack, features five different breweries across the United States.
The limited release 12-pack appropriately named The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack. Each of the collaborators are a part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a philanthropic initiative. The program provides loans and coaching to craft brewers and small business owners working toward the “American Dream” of small business ownership.
Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream 12-pack contains creations from Bosque Brewing (Albuquerque, NM), ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA), Woods Beer Co. ( San Francisco, CA), Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO), and Roc Brewing (Rochester, NY).
- Desert Kaleidoscope IPA – w/ Bosque Brewing. pays homage to the Albuquerque balloon fiesta and features a mixture of flavors including citrus, tangerine, pine and honey malt to create a brew with a bold, hoppy aroma. With a 7.0% ABV, Desert Kaleidoscope is a deep amber, medium-bodied brew that leaves a clean touch of lingering bitterness on the palate.
- Time Hop Porter – w/ ChuckAlek Independent Brewers. Driven by co-founders Grant Fraley and Marta Jankowska’s mission of creating “Old School Beers for New School Palates,” Time Hop Porter utilizes Zeus, Chinook, Cascade and Goldings hops and is 5.3% ABV. The hop character is balanced by three malt varieties: Sam Adams pale two-row blend, Crisp Brown, and Black malt. This porter has strong notes of citrus and pine that are balanced by a smooth, roasted malt character.
- ThreeNinety Bock – w/Roc Brewing Co.ThreeNinety Bock is a slightly roasted Maibock with a sweet toffee and light caramel flavor, crafted from four hop varieties, combined with rye malt and oak smoked malt. Mosaic and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops provide the balance that gives this dark golden bock a big, juicy character and slightly sweet and dry finish. ThreeNinety is a nod to the distance in miles between Boston and Rochester.
- Boston Tea Party Saison – w/ Wood Beer Co. Boston Tea Party Saison is a bi-coastal twist on the classic Belgian style, combining Woods’s Yerba mate-infused saison with Sam Adams’ wild yeast blend, Kosmic Mother Funk. Mate’s earthy spice plays on the rippling, fruity haze of KMF’s funky bacteria, and gives a signature snap to the amber saison’s traditional dry finish.
- Oats McGoats Stout – w/ Brewery Rickoli. Oats McGoats is an American stout brewed based on founder and brewer Rick Abitbol’s commitment to brewing full-flavored, gluten-reduced beers (if they didn’t say it, you wouldn’t know). At 6.5% ABV, the full-bodied, moderately carbonated beer is accented by earthy, spicy flavors and a hint of roasted coffee notes.
The 6th offering is Boston Lager, originally a collaboration with founder Jim Koch and his father, using his great-great grandfather’s recipe.
Samuel Adams The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack will be available nationally starting in late-July, 2017. Estimate retail price $16.99 to $19.99.
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The “Rebel” that changed it call is a little different going forward. Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, which debuted in 2014, has been reformulated.
It has taken four years for the Boston brewery to tweak the changes to Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, in an undertaking called Project Lupulus. The experiment was put in place to work with new varieties of hops that aren’t yet available to the public. Hops are in extremely high demand, so finding a future winner for a recipe gives you an advantage on stock.
The hop variety that has risen from months and years of experimentation is HBC 566 and HBC682, two hops that are proprietary and exclusive to the brewery. HBC 566 boasts lemon, lime, and orange and eucalyptus flavors, while HBC 682 is used for bittering.
“This is the first time we’ve significantly changed the recipe of a flagship beer. As hop varieties evolve, we want to use the new varieties to keep brewing the best beer possible,”- Jim Koch, Founder – Boston Beer Company
In total, seven hops make the new Samuel Adams Rebel IPA – Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Mosaic, HBC 566, and HBC 682. Caramel malt was also removed from the recipe, leaving only Two Row malt.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA (reborn) is shipping nationally on draft and 12 bottles.
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Mosaic, HBC 566, and HBC 682
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Debut (New Recipe): January, 2017