Samuel Adams (beer)

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Samuel Adams
Boston Lager
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TypeLager
Country of originUnited States
Introduced1984
Alcohol by volume5.0%
ColorAmber
WebsiteOfficial website

Samuel Adams is the flagship brand of the Boston Beer Company. The brand name (often shortened to Sam Adams) was chosen in honor of Founding Father of the United States Samuel Adams. Adams inherited his father's brewery on King Street (modern day State Street). Some historians say he was a brewer, while others describe him as a maltster.[1] The Samuel Adams brewery is located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, where visitors can take a tour, and shop beers and merchandise.[2] Samuel Adams beer is brewed by the Boston Beer Company, which was founded by Jim Koch in Cambridge, MA, where he started the micro-brewery out of his home. Koch comes from a long line of Cincinnati brewers, and Samuel Adams beer was started using a recipe now known as the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.[3]

Beers[edit]

Year-round[edit]

Beer Pack % ABV IBU Description
Boston Lager 6, 12, 28
(bottles, 12 oz. & 16 oz. cans)
5.0 30 An amber lager and the flagship product of Boston Brewing Company. Boston Lager is brewed according to Boston Brewing Company founder Jim Koch's great-great grandfather's recipe.[4]
Wicked Hazy 4, 6, 12
(12 oz. & 16 oz. cans)
6.8 35 A New England-style "hazy and juicy" India pale ale. Formerly marketed as "New England IPA." Also available as part of the "Wicked IPA Party Pack."
Wicked Easy 6, 12
(12 oz. & 16 oz. cans)
4.7 12 A session IPA brewed with lager and ale yeast. Formerly marketed as "Sam '76 Lager." Also available as part of the "Wicked IPA Party Pack."
Wicked Double 4
(12 oz. & 16 oz. cans)
8.3 30 A double New England-style IPA. Available individually only in New England and along the Atlantic coast. Available nationwide exclusively as part of the "Wicked IPA Party Pack."
Wicked Tropical Wicked IPA Party Pack
(12 oz. cans)
6.0 30 An IPA with hints of papaya and coconut. Available exclusively as part of the "Wicked IPA Party Pack."
Just the Haze 4
(12 oz. cans)
<0.5 35 A non-alcoholic hazy IPA, with 98 calories per 12 oz.
Golden Pilsner 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.0 32 A light-bodied pilsner brewed with German hops. Available only in New England, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Cherry Wheat 6
(bottles)
5.3 23 An American-style wheat ale brewed with Michigan cherries and honey.

Seasonal[edit]

Beer Pack % ABV IBU Availability Description
Cold Snap 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.3 12 January An unfiltered white ale brewed with orange peel and spices. Also available as part of the "Gameday Beers" variety pack.
Alpine Lager 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.5 18 January A crisp lager with notes of honey and citrus. Also available as part of the "Gameday Beers" variety pack.
Golden G.O.A.T. Spring variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.0 12 January A crisp golden ale for the early months of the year. Available exclusively in the "Gameday Beers" variety pack.
Summer Ale 6, 12, 24
(bottles, 12 oz. & 16 oz. cans)
5.3 8 April A wheat ale brewed with grains of paradise. Also available in the "Summer Squeeze" variety pack.
Porch Rocker 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
4.5 8 April A radler brewed with lemon purée. Also available in the "Summer Squeeze" variety pack.
Beach Session IPA Summer variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
4.7 30 April A session IPA with notes of grapefruit and citrus. Available exclusively in the "Summer Squeeze" variety pack.
Tropical Wheat Ale Summer variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.0 25 April A wheat ale with notes of tropical fruit. Available exclusively in the "Summer Squeeze" variety pack.
OctoberFest 6, 12, 24
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.3 15 August A Marzen brewed for the start of fall. Also available in the "Sweater Weather" variety pack.
Jack-O 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
4.4 8 August A pumpkin shandy. Also available in the "Sweater Weather" variety pack.
Festbier 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.8 22 August A German-style pale lager. Also available in the "Sweater Weather" variety pack.
Winter Lager 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.6 22 November A spiced wheat bock brewed in celebration of the holiday season. Also available in the "Beers for Cheers" variety pack.
Holiday White Ale 6, 12
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.8 8 November A spiced white ale, formerly marketed as "White Christmas." Also available in the "Beers for Cheers" variety pack.
Chocolate Bock 6
(bottles)
5.8 11 November A bock with notes of chocolate, honey, and vanilla.
Cold IPA Winter variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
6.0 40 November An India pale ale with notes of pine. Available exclusively in the "Beers for Cheers" variety pack.
Old Fezziwig Winter variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
5.9 25 November A spiced winter warmer. Available exclusively in the "Beers for Cheers" variety pack.
Black Lager Winter variety pack
(bottles, 12 oz. cans)
4.9 19 November A dark lager with notes of coffee and chocolate. Available exclusively in the "Beers for Cheers" variety pack.

Utopias[edit]

In 2002, the company released Utopias. At 24% abv, it was marketed as the strongest commercial beer in the world (a mark that has since been challenged).[citation needed] The company subsequently released new "vintages" of Utopias annually, increasing the alcoholic content to 27% abv by 2007, and increasing further to 28% abv in 2019.[5]

Utopias is made with caramel, Vienna, Moravian and Bavarian smoked malts, and four varieties of noble hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, Tettnanger, Spalter, and Saaz hops. The beer is matured in scotch, cognac and port barrels for almost a year. A limited number of bottles are released each year; in 2007, only 12,000 bottles were produced, and in 2009, only 9,000 bottles were released.[6][7] Sold in a ceramic bottle resembling a copper-finished brewing kettle, a single bottle of Utopias cost $100 in 2002, $150 in 2009, $200 in 2017, and $210 in 2019.[8]

Because of legal restrictions, Utopias is not offered in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, or West Virginia.[9]

Official beer of the Red Sox[edit]

Beginning with the 2018 season, Samuel Adams became the official beer of the Boston Red Sox replacing Budweiser. The eight-year deal will last through the 2025 season and include signage at Fenway Park. The agreement also allows Boston Beer to use the Red Sox logo for marketing purposes, as well as to conduct Red Sox related contests with tickets to games.[10]

As of 2020, Samuel Adams's Fenway Faithful IPA, a session IPA, is the official beer of the Boston Red Sox.

Brewery[edit]

The Boston Brewery opened in 1989 and it is where every beer was first made, aside from the Boston Lager. There are two other breweries, located in Cincinnati, Ohio and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The Boston Brewery is open for public tours and tastings.[11]

Media[edit]

Samuel Adams beer has gained attention in the media for its various beers. In a list of "Best Christmas/Winter Beer in Each State", Samuel Adams' Fezziwig brew won in the state of Massachusetts.[12] Additionally, Samuel Adams brewery itself was named the best brewery in all of Massachusetts according to a Yelp-based Buzzed article.[13]

In the 2015 musical Hamilton, in the song "Aaron Burr, Sir," John Laurens sings "I'm John Laurens in the place to be, two pints of Sam Adams, but I'm workin' on three".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Most historical evidence suggests that Adams worked as a maltster and not a brewer; Stanley Baron, Brewed in America: The History of Beer and Ale in the United States (Boston: Little, Brown, 1962), pp. 74–75. However, Ira Stoll in Samuel Adams: A Life (New York: Free Press, 2008; ISBN 978-0-7432-9911-4; ISBN 0-7432-9911-6), p. 275n16, notes that James Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company, reports having seen a receipt for hops signed by Adams, which indicates that Adams may have done some brewing.
  2. ^ "The Boston Brewery: Home of Experiences". Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  3. ^ "Our Story". Samuel Adams. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  4. ^ "Samuel Adams Boston Lager". SamuelAdams.com. November 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  5. ^ Rice, Briana (October 15, 2019). "Samuel Adams is releasing a beer that's 28% ABV. Here is how you can get a taste". USA Today. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "The 48 proof beer". Beer Break Vol. 2, No. 19. Real Beer Media, Inc. 2002-02-14. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  7. ^ DellaSala, Steve (2007-01-31). "Sam Adams Utopias - Strongest Beer in the World". Audioholics. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  8. ^ "Samuel Adams' new $200 beer that's as strong as liquor is the ultimate gift for beer lovers".
  9. ^ "Samuel Adams – America's World Class Beer". Boston Beer Company. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  10. ^ Adams, Don (2017-12-12). "So long, Bud — Sam Adams is the new official beer of the Red Sox". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  11. ^ "The Boston Brewery". Samuel Adams. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  12. ^ Vorel, Jim (13 December 2016). "104 of the Best Christmas/Winter Beers, Blind-Tasted and Ranked". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ No, Michelle. "The Best Brewery In Every State, According To Yelp". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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