Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew

I love Samuel Adams for many reasons. The biggest and most important is their amazing beer. A close second, would be the fact that they are always doing new and exciting things — for example, the recent launch of their limited release 26.2 brew to commemorate the Boston Marathon. Samuel Adams has partnered with the Boston Athletic Association for the first time as the official beer sponsor of this year’s race — a perfect pairing if you ask me. Did you know that Jim Koch released his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager to the public on Patriots’ Day in 1985? (The same day as the marathon). He said,

“I faced a lot of challenges getting that first brew packaged and distributed in time, but I had set Patriots’ Day as my deadline. About half of our first 25 accounts were within three blocks of the finish line. So, the Marathon’s finish line was my starting line.”

This special beer is a Gose style ale, which is both rare (these have become scarcely available over the last century) and exceptional. Do you know what that means? It means that it is the most refreshing beverage one could possibly consume immediately after running twenty-six miles. Just kidding — please have some water first, then move onto the beer. But, for those folks like myself — non-Boston Marathon runners — please feel free to drink this beer whenever you’d like. Wherever you’d like? Not so fast! This special beer doesn’t just get into every bar’s tap. See where you can find it below, and I urge you to do just that, because this beer isn’t going to be around forever. So get it while the gettin’s good!

Colin and I just tried it tonight, and it is DELICIOUS.

Colin and I just tried it tonight, and it is DELICIOUS.

Atlantic Beer Garden

Back Bay Hotel

Bill’s Pizza (Hopkinton)

British Beer Company (Framingham)

Cactus Club

Cambridge Commons

Champions at the Copley Marriott

Cigar Masters

Chicken Bone

Cityside (Brighton)


Conor Larkin’s

Coolidge Corner Club House

Cornell’s Pub (Hopkinton)






Jacob Wirth

Jerry Remy’s Waterfront

Jerry Remys (Fenway)

Jimmy’s Bar and Oven

Jimmy’s (Brookline)

John Stone’s Inn (Ashland)


McCormick and Schmick


MJ’s Park Square

MJ’s Westin

Morse Tavern (Natick)

O’Connell’s Pub (Framingham)


Pepperoncini’s (Framingham)

Post 390

Railroad 6 (Framingham)



Sweet Caroline’s

Sweet Cheeks

The Corner Pub (Ashland)

TJ’s Spirits (Ashland)

Union St Bar and Grill (Newton)

Uno’s Chicago Grill (Boylston)

Uno Chicago Grill (Kenmore)

Whiskey Priest

See more info over at the Samuel Adams blog. :)

Alpine Spring, you are delicious

This past weekend was wonderful. It consisted of a relaxing Friday night of Chipotle, wine and How I Met Your Mother. Then, a productive Saturday picking out a bridesmaid dress (so pretty!). Followed by a fun Sunday split between hiking (more on that later in the week) and eating delicious food / watching the Super Bowl at Meg and Matt’s house. Congrats to the NY Giants!

Saturday Colin whipped up some delicious pizzas, and we decided to pair it with – what else? (other than wine!) – a variety of Sam Adams beer. We taste-tested Alpine Spring, Mighty Oak, Irish Red, Black Lager, Whitewater IPA and the classic Boston Lager. Sometimes the stronger lagers and IPAs are a bit much for me so Colin tends to drink those (he loves them!). I usually enjoy the lighter, more citrusy beers – the Alpine Spring was my favorite! So refreshing and flavorful.

More about my favorite, Alpine Spring (courtesy of Samuel Adams):

“Brewed especially for the season, this bright citrusy unfiltered lager is both satisfying and refreshing. It’s the perfect transition from winter’s heavier brews to the lighter beers of summer. Borne of our brewers’ many trips to Germany, Alpine Spring features a unique blend of lager attributes: the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a Helles, the smoothness and slightly higher alcohol of a traditional spring bock, and the unfiltered appearance of a Kellerbier. The beer is brewed with Tettnang Noble hops to add a unique, bright orange-citrusy aroma and flavor.”

To find out more about all of the beers mentioned in this post, please visit the Samuel Adams beer guide – cheers!

Alpine Spring

Mighty Oak

Classic Boston Lager

Irish Red

Black Lager

Whitewater IPA