The 2012 Samuel Adam’s Longshot 6 pack is now available. Each year, Jim Koch and the brewery recognize the most talented home brewers in the United States. A panel of judges narrows down the field submissions. The finalists are narrowed to 2 home brewers and 1 Sam Adams employee. This year’s winners are:
A Dark Night in Munich: by Corey Martin. Corey has been working on his Munich Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it.
Derf’s Secret Alt: by Samuel Adams Employee Fred Hessler. Fred wanted to go big or go home with his homebrew and decided to brew a kicked up Sticke Alt. This full-bodied ale has a big, malty character balanced by subtle orange and grapefruit notes from the hops. With a light amber color, this brew has a sweet finish.
Five Crown Imperial Stout: by Joe Formanek. For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward brew has a rich complexity, with roasty and chocolate notes, yet enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This satisfying winter brew is full-bodied with an enjoyable velvety smoothness.
Availability: 12 oz bottles, 2 per 6 pk. One time brew.