Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

Calling all Boston brides!

The folks at Sam Adams have come up with another great idea…yet again! This Thursday, July 26th all brides and grooms-to-be are invited to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery to celebrate their love of beer (and each other of course).

We all know how important of a role beer plays at a wedding reception, right? I mean, since the medieval times beer has played an essential role in the celebration of marriage, so it only makes sense for Samuel Adams to put their own twist on things with the limited release of their delicious Brewlywed Ale. :)

Just 500 cases of this Belgian-style pale golden ale will be available for purchase this Thursday, July 26th — not only is this perfect for all those engaged couples out there, it is also a perfect present to friends who are celebrating an engagement or who are getting married soon. Handy tip — show up in “wedding wear” (veil or cummerbund anyone?) on Thursday and move to the front of the line!

Other fun things going on — whoever travels the furthest will receive a bottle signed by Jim Koch (not to mention a private tasting with a Samuel Adams brewer), they will also have pairing suggestions for popular wedding menu items, expert advice from, a toast from Jim Koch, the chance to have Samuel Adams foot the bill for your rehearsal dinner, or if you’re really daring…the chance to get married on the spot at the brewery by a justice of the peace!

Here is the lineup of events:

7:00 a.m.: Line up early!

9:00 a.m.: Doors open, and Brewlywed Ale is officially for sale.

9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.: Wedding menu beer pairing suggestions, wedding advice from, rehearsal dinner raffle, wedding photo booth, and more.

1:00 p.m.: Last call!

Check out more from Samuel Adams on Facebook and Twitter.

So cute!

So cute!

Sam Adams

Cheers to beer!

Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale

*Even though this post is sponsored by Samuel Adams, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. :)

PS: If you don’t mind, please take a second to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest. THANKS EVERYONE!

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

Samuel Adams Crowd Craft Project

Ok I have two questions for you:

1 – Do you need a break from work for a minute?

2 – Do you want to give Sam Adams your input on what their next beer should look / taste like?

Well then, you’re in luck! Samuel Adams has paired up with social media guru, Guy Kawasaki, for the first ever Samuel Adams Crowd Craft Project. The point of this contest is to take valuable feedback and suggestions from Sam Adams beer enthusiasts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in order to create a crowd-sourced beer of fan-approved perfection.

With Guy’s passion for social media and innovation combined with Samuel Adams passion for high quality craft beer, this social collaboration brew is sure to be a standout.

So hurry people, because there are only TWO DAYS left to vote!

What you’ll vote on:

  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Body (mouth feel)
  • Malt (sweetness)
  • Hops (bitterness)
  • Yeast (finish)

When the voting period ends on February 5th, brewers will take the top choice from each category (above) and use them for the collaborative ale recipe, which will be brewed throughout the month of February. The beer will be revealed at Guy Kawasaki’s Girl + Guy party in Austin, Texas on March 10th during an annual interactive festival.

Here’s my beer that I voted on :)

What my beer creation looked like

And just as a reminder…if you have two seconds, please head over to my Facebook profile and click on the photo I shared of my fab friend Kate striking a yoga pose. Then click “like” in order to vote for Kate. She could win tickets to the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain in Vermont on the weekend of June 21-24. Thank you SO MUCH!

The perfect New Year’s Eve drink

If you’re still contemplating what you’re going to drink tonight, I have an idea for you; Infinium by Sam Adams. This cross-continental collaboration between good ol’ Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams, and Dr. Josef Schradler (managing director of the Weihenstephan Brewery, Germany) produced a champagne-like beer that can be brewed using only four ingredients – water, hops, malt and yeast. It’s very crisp and quite tasty.

This is available only around the holiday season, so tonight is the perfect night to pick up a bottle for your midnight toast (retail price, $19.99). I hope you all have a great (and safe!) New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a great 2012!

I had the pleasure of going to an Infinium tasting at Sam Adams recently and got to try a few different Infinium cocktails – all three concoctions were absolutely delicious. I truly couldn’t decide which was my favorite! In the end though, I think I voted for the Winter Shandy made by Bob McCoy over at Island Creek Oyster Bar.

Here are the recipes if you’d like to try them for your festivities tonight. :)

Winter Shandy

Created for Samuel Adams by Bob McCoy, Island Creek Oyster Bar

1 oz. cinnamon syrup*

1 oz. fresh meyer lemon juice

1 dash angostura bitters

2 oz. soda water

4 oz. Infinium

Add ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice and roll to incorporate. Garnish with a long Meyer lemon twist.

*Cinnamon syrup: 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 5 cinnamon sticks

Germania’s Toast

Created for Samuel Adams by Adam Lantheaum, The Boston Shaker

1/8 oz. (about 1 tsp.) of Jo Snow cardamom rose water syrup

2-3 dashes  Aphrodite bitters

About 5 oz. Infinium

Add the syrup and the bitters to a champagne flute. Top with Infinium and stir very gently.

Sowa Market Shandy

Created for Samuel Adams by Ran Duan, Sichuan Garden Restaurant and Bar

1 oz. cardamom pomegranate syrup*

1 oz. lemon juice

2 dashes Scrappy’s celery bitters

3 oz. Infinium

Shake and strain into a wine glass or flute, and top off with 3 oz. of Infinium.

*Cardamom Pomegranate Syrup (makes 3 cups): 3 oz. cardamom seeds (toasted and ground), 2 cups pomegranate juice, 2 cups sugar, 2 oz. pomegranate molasses, 1 tsp. orange blossom water

PS: Check out Gwenyth Paltrow’s hangover remedies. And if you’re still looking for a place to go tonight, check out my recommendations on CBS Boston!

Beer and ice cream. Life doesn’t get much better…

Just an FYI – ice cream and beer? Scratch that…delicious, creamy ice cream and amazing, refreshing beer is a combo made in food/beverage heaven. I first sampled Batch ice cream at one of the Mass Innovation Nights a few months ago and have wanted more ever since. Good thing my fab friend Katie invited me to the beer/ice cream pairing event at the Sam Adams Brewery last week. ;)

I happily sampled the salted caramel ice cream (their handmade caramel? Out of this world!) and a couple of different brews. I decided that I love Brick Red – it is perfect! I could have stayed all night drinking it, but is probably definitely a good thing I didn’t. (It was a school night after all!).

I finally got to meet Becca who runs MA Girls Pint Out (very cool site – check it out!) and catch up with the lovely ladies of We Are Not Martha – Chelsee and Susie. Since I’m such a nerdo/weirdo, I tend to get nervous going to blog events, but it’s always good to see these two at said blog events because they are easy to talk to, fun people! Colin also got to stop by which is nice! (And yes, he did ask Susie and Veronica of Batch about the percentage of butterfat used in the ice cream…such a Vermonter!) Overall, it was a really fun evening and I’m glad I got to participate.

*Batch ice cream (founders Susie and Veronica) uses local, organic and Fair Trade ingredients. You can find Batch in a bunch of different stores in the Boston area. So go out and get some! It’s hot out and you deserve it!

Check out some photos:

Hoppy (early) Father’s Day!

If you’re anything like me (and my siblings) you LOVE your Pops! He is the man who has always been there for you providing unconditional love, support and wisdom throughout the journey. Now, that deserves an amazing Father’s Day present don’t you think?

Still trying to think of what you can get Dad (other than a tired tie!)? I have three awesome, quick solutions for you.

1. Like Jim Koch says, “give him something he really wants” this year. And what might that be, you ask? A Hoppy Father’s Day gift basket from Sam Adams and! This pairs a Sam Adams glass with a wood grilling plank, beef spice rub blend (both designed to enhance flavors), a Sam Adams keychain, hat. jar of Bavarian Noble hop ‘flowers’ and an assortment of dried fruits and nuts. All perfectly designed to arrive on your Dad’s doorstep just in time to enjoy a cold beer on the deck in the warm summer sun. :)

This gift basket will be available exclusively at in limited quantities for $39.99. Visit to order online or call 1.800.838.8853 for phone orders. They also have lots of other great stuff on their site as well!

2. Want something a little flashier? Get Pops a batch of Sam Adams Utopias – Jim Koch’s signature extreme beer. The folks at Sam Adams say this is “Meant to be savored like a vintage fortified win or fine cognac, this strong, rich, uncarbonated dark beer is best served as a two-ounce pour at room temperature in a snifter glass.”

This concoction is a blend of liquids, aged in wood casks for up to 18 years. This aging process enhances the distinct vanilla, maple and cocoa flavors. There is also a hint of ginger and cinnamon. These flavors intensify over time and becomes even better with age. Just like Pops! There has been a limited distribution of this in the area (in really cool bottles your Dad will LOVE!) so hurry, go snatch one up. Suggested retail price, $150.

3. Last suggestion I have?! For one, we have a REALLY good wine Save up from — $70 worth of wine for $35. And if you use promo code DAD , guess what? You score yourself $5 off. Cheers to that!

We also have a ton of great restaurant Saves up, because we are celebrating ‘Father’s Day Restaurant Week’ at Eversave Boston, so see what restaurants are in Dad’s neck of the woods and buy him a Save to use — or buy one and take him out for a lovely dinner together!

Sam Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 Pack

When I see a package on my steps from Sam Adams, I literally get giddy. Who doesn’t like a box of beer waiting for them?! Well, I guess people who don’t like beer wouldn’t be too impressed, but come on…what kind of life are you living if you don’t like beer? Think about it.

Last summer Latitude 48 was introduced; a blend of five different hops from regions all falling within the 48th latitude line (prime hop spot ;)) providing a unique variation on the popular IPA style. This year, brewers have dismantled the Latitude 48, taking it apart (hop by hop) so that each of the five hop varieties could have a chance to shine on their own (for a limited time of course!).

The Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed is an all-new limited release variety twelve pack, which includes the original Latitude 48, plus five new IPA variations – each of these variations are brewed with only one of the hop varieties.

Single-hop IPA’s included:

  • Latitude 48 Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA (Hallertau, Germany): Soft bitterness, citrus, pine notes balanced by a slight sweetness and a full body (how I like my ladies….just kidding teehee)
  • Latitude 48 East Kent Goldings IPA (East Kent, UK): Earthy, floral and apricot notes offset by a slight sweetness
  • Latitude 48 Ahtanum™ IPA (Yakima Valley, WA): Very well-balanced orange, piney, floral flavor
  • Latitude 48 Simcoe® IPA (Yakima Valley, WA): Dramatic grapefruit peel and pine resin notes, with a slight sweetness and full malt body
  • Latitude 48 Zeus IPA (Yakima Valley, WA): Bitterness and an intense, pungent resinous pine flavor

*Disclaimer: Let’s not pretend the lovely folks at Sam Adams didn’t help with those fab descriptions. Thanks KP!

This fabulous twelve pack is only available now (mid-May) through mid-July for $13.99. So, hurry!


Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest

When I walk up the stairs to my front door and see a package waiting for me — I feel as excited  as a kid on Christmas morning, because I can’t wait to tear the package open and see what I got! Honestly even if it’s something I ordered for myself (but forgot I ordered) it still feels like a surprise.

I didn’t order this package, but I was pleasantly surprised! Sam Adams beer delivered to my doorstep? Why, thank you very much!

The Longshot American Homebrew Contest

Sam Adams has just announced the availability to purchase the Category 23 Variety six-pack from the winners of the 2010 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest. Now you can try the two home brews that beat out 700 other competitors with their innovative and (obviously) quite delicious creations. Richard Roper’s (Georgia) Friar Hop Ale and Rodney Kibzey’s (Illinois) Blackened Hops beer were the lucky winners at the Great American Beer Festival — and their fab concoctions are now going to be sold at a store near you. Want to find them? Head to, click on the beer finder at the bottom left hand side of the page, insert your zip code, pull up a list of locations carrying the pack and your off to experience great new flavors.

A 6-pack of goodness

2 of each

Rodney Kibzey's 'Blackened Hops'

Richard Roper's 'Friar Hop Ale'

These two were great — the Friar Hop Ale was a bit of a hybrid combining the hoppy taste of an IPA with the fruity flavor of a Belgian, whereas the Blackened Hops is more of a combo of malt flavoring mixed with a bit citrus bitterness. Although these were a bit strong for me, I must say…I definitely did not hate them. Plus, my manly man boyfriend reeeeally liked them. And then on the other hand, I looooved Caitlin DeClercq’s (California native and Sam Adams employee) Honey B’s Lavender Wheat. It’s 100% right up my alley and truly is the perfect beer to sip while enjoying my favorite activity, relaxing. I would definitely buy this and drink it on a regular basis. :)

My favorite!

Jim Koch says,

“I started homebrewing the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in my kitchen 27 years ago, and ever since then I’ve been passionate about creating unique and interesting brews that challenge the perception of what beer can be. We asked homebrewers to really push beer’s boundaries and brew their own one-of-a-kind recipes.”

It seems like they really did push boundaries and now it’s your turn to. Do you think you have what it takes to win the 2011 Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest? I think you should enter! You have until May 20, 2011 — good luck!

And don’t forget, the 2010 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest – Category 23 variety six-pack is available nationwide (or will be, beginning in late March) for approximately $9.99. Sláinte!