As the seasons change, so do the types of available beers. Over the past year, I have become very interested in the brewing of craft beer and have limited my intake in domestic light lagers. I am still new to the craft beer craft but have begun to hone in on what defines a good brew. One brewer that I have become fond of is the line of Sam Adams brews from the Boston Brewing Company.
Normally, I don’t like anything that comes out of Boston but I’ll make an exception with this one. The Boston Brewing Company was started in 1984 by Jim Koch in his kitchen where he developed their signature Boston Lager. The recipe was handed down from his grandfather in the early 1800s. It was survived during prohibition by his father and then brought to life by Jim in the 80s.
Besides brewing good beer, I respect Sam Adams’ patriotic roots. Their namesake obviously comes from the revolutionist during the Boston Tea Party but they remain a true American staple in the craft beer market. In 2008, they were bought out by conglomerate InBev along with Anheuser-Busch. While they are not technically the small business they started out as, they still operate the way the used to.
While they are a apart of a huge corporation, Sam Adams still stays to true to its craft roots by creating beers that use some of the best ingredients throughout the world to give it that homemade taste and feel. With the craft beer market blowing up over the last ten years, there are thousands and thousands of breweries to choose from. It has begun to assimilate the wine market, where if you are new to craft beer seen, you might not even know where to start.
Sam Adams is a good entry-level brewery to widen your horizons. They have their standard Boston Lager, Boston Lager Light, stout, hefe, porter, several year-round ales, and Imperial Collection (which are a little pricier but are absolutely delicious). But my favorite aspect of the Sam Adams Brand is their seasonal collection.
Sam Adams places a large emphasis ad promotion towards their seasonal beers. They are well known for their Winter Lager, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest, and newly introduced Noble Pilsner in the spring. They are distributed just about everywhere from Albertson’s to large draft beer bars which makes them easily accessible while still maintaining a level of limited quantity with having seasonal beers, limited edition beers, and their Imperial Collection.
Being able to find decent craft beers at a decent price are few and far between. And Sam Adams offers a little bit of everything for all kids of palettes. They have hoppy IPAs, milkshake-like porters, light and spicy white ales, and fruit infused lambics. My personal favorites are the Cream Stout in the Winter, Noble Pilsner in the Spring, Imprerial White in the Summer, and the Oktoberfest in the Fall, which just so happen to be on special at Miller’s Alehouse.
Right now, you can get a 22 oz. for only $5. But the cool thing is if you get 2 you get to keep the 22 oz., laser etched Sam Adams pilsner glass it comes in. And if you get a cool server or bartender they just might let you take em all home. Last weekend I stocked up so Danielle, didn’t have to get me a set for Christmas. I will continue my collecting tomorrow evening if you would like to partake in the experience with me.
I didn’t want to get into the details of each brew because we could sit here and talk about that forever. I just wanted to highlight an American brewer that I like and appreciate the way they do things. If you have any other suggestions as to widen my horizons in the craft beer industry, I would love to hear them. Drink up.