It’s a dream come true for a homebrewer, to win the annual Samuel Adams American Homebrew competition and have the chance to bottle your winning recipe. Hitting shelves this April, the Samuel Adams Longshot Variety six-pack offers consumers the chance to taste the three winning selections from the company’s 2009 contest. What’s in this years’ pack?
Michael Robinson’s Old Ale: An English-style beer with notes of dried fruit, nuts and caramel brewed with five different malts. Light brown and full bodied with a slight bitterness, the ingredients are all-American except for the yeast. At 9% abv, it’s a bit bigger than the average beer, designed for cooler nights or after-dinner sipping.
Ben Miller’s Barleywine: Ben is a self-proclaimed “hop head” meaning that several varieties of American hops were used in his barleywine, resulting in an intense profile of resiny citrus aromas and clean hop bitterness. Dark red and flavorful with rich red stone fruit and caramel components.
Jeremy White’s Saison: Jeremy White is the employee winner of the Sam Adams Homebrew competition, hailing from the IT department of the company. Refreshing, flavorful and light bodied, his classic Belgian-style saison is brewed with grains of paradise (sound familiar? Sam Summer Ale, anyone?), infusing a light peppery flavor throughout alongside notes of sweet grain and citrus.
Established in 1996 as the LongShot Homebrew Contest, the Samuel Adams American Homebrew Contest is an annual tradition designed to help aspiring brewers and bring attention to the wonderful world of homebrewing. The contest reinforces Samuel Adams’ roots, as the first batch of Boston Lager was brewed by founder Jim Koch in his kitchen in 1984. And the rest, as we all know, is history.
Koch adds, “It’s my hope that through the Samuel Adams American Homebrew Contest, I’m able to give homebrewers who really love the hobby and are passionate and committed to brewing better beer the opportunity to achieve the ultimate homebrewer’s dream, making their beer available to beer lovers across the country.” So grab a variety pack, get inspired, and check out www.samueladams.com in April for 2010’s contest rules and information. Who knows… maybe you could be the next Jim Koch!