Samuel Adams Scores Big This Winter

Out here in the Northwest part of the US of A – you Eastcosters know us as the place where we still wrestle bears for our dinner – we are blessed with many wonderful breweries. But until recently, we didn’t see much in the way of variety from the venerable Boston Beer Company (aka Samuel Adams) out this-a-way.

Sure, there was Boston Lager (yawn) and a couple of others from time to time, so it was hard to believe all the media hype they pumped out about “we’re really still a craft brewer at heart.” We are now seeing more of their variety packs and I am very impressed! Lots of brewers market a mixed box of their brews. Usually there are two decent labels and four average to “no way would I ever drink that” offerings.

The Harvest Ae Collection was my first experience with a Samuel Adams variety pack, It has six deliciously interesting beers – none of which I had ever had an opportunity to try before. There are still a few places that have this available. If you see it, get it.

The Harvest Pumpkin and Oktoberfest Ales are very interesting Fall seasonals. The Black Lager is a nice contrast the traditional Boston Lager (see for yourself – they are both in there). I was delighted to be able to try their Dunkelweizen and Irish Red – never had those before and they were both very nice.

They followed that one up with their Winter Classics. Maybe they are classics in Massachusetts, but not on the West Coast. Once again they stuffed in a Boston Lager (we can get that one in every 7-11 and restaurant bar in Washington) but it is nice to be able to contrast it with their Winter Lager, which tastes totally different. The other four are uniquely spiced seasonals that are one surprise after another. The White Christmas was my favorite until I tried the Chocolate Bock. I have not had the Holiday Porter yet but will this weekend. Old Fezziwig has been getting nationwide distribution around Christmas for some time now (quite good, too, if I do say so myself). Again – see it – get it.

And no, Sam Adams did not give me a dime for this review. But if they want to, I would not turn it down. Several dimes would be nice, please.

This is a great way to kick off the holiday season. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. That reminds me of a song. What was it…..?

Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner