Samuel Adams Wee Heavy was inspired by both traditional Scotch ales and Scotch whiskies, for a combination of deep roasted flavor and earthy smoke character. Traditional Scottish ales vary in intensity with the strong ales known as Scotch Ale or “Wee Heavy”. To create our own version of the style we added peat smoked malt to bring the unique flavor of Scotland to this complex and satisfying brew.
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.