This unique brew defies traditional beer style definition. The rich, malty brew combines notes of tart fruit from the yeast with a toasty oak character from the barrel aging. The long dry finish is almost wine-like. This is a beer that is satisfying on its own and also pairs well with many foods such as braised or roasted meats, beef stews and strong salty cheeses.
With his great-great grandfather's recipe for Louis Koch Lager as his guide, Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen in 1984. Six weeks after its Boston introduction in April 1985, Samuel Adams was selected as "The Best Beer in America" in The Great American Beer Festival's Consumer Preference Poll. Since 2000, Samuel Adams has won more awards in international beer tasting competitions than any other brewery in the world, and is currently the largest U.S. crafter brewer.