It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Sam Adams Brewery just released it’s Harvest Collection 12-pack sampler. It should be available at most convient stores, but I know for a fact that Wal-Mart, here, in Nashville has it in stock. The following beers are included in the sampler:
The first beer to highlight is the pride and joy of Sam Adams Brewery, Boston Lager. This beer features 3 types of two-row malts and the popular Noble hops, that Sam Adams is so fond of. The beer has a nice 4.9% ABV and nice amber color that has a full body taste. This beer is great for pairing with food, especially steak or any red meat.
The second beer is the Irish Red, which is by far one of the easiest Sam Adams beers to drink. It also features the two-row malts and the famous Noble hops. Caramel is added in the brewing process to help create the dark, red color and toasty, sweet flavor. It’s a very drinkable beer for a 5.8% ABV and goes well with most spicy foods.
The third beer is the Black Lager, which is a must for all you dark beer lovers. It features the two-row malts, as well as, two different German malts that help give it the dark ruby, black color. It’s a light 4.9% ABV for such a dark beer and has a roasty flavor with a dry finish. This beer is Sam Adams replication of the German “Schwartz Bier”, which is translated into English as “Black Beer.” This beer pairs well with food that is slow cooked or smoked, such as BBQ.
Beer number four comes in just in time for Oktoberfest, the two week long fall fest in Germany to mark the start of the fall harvest. Sam Adams Oktoberfest is brewed very similarly to the Irish Red, but is has a nice toffee flavor to it. It’s has an, average, 5.3% ABV with a smooth, sweet finish. For this beer you would want to bust out any type of sausages, especially any German style.
The fifth beer is the featured beer in this collection, the Harvest Pumpkin Ale. It’s brewed with the two-row malts, but also includes smoked malt and English hops. This is beer is actually brewed with pumpkin, 11 pounds per batch to be exact. It features an array of spices such as: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. This helps give it the distinct spiced brew flavor. It’s a 5.7% ABV and is a great dessert beer. A personal favorite drink with this beer is a drink we developed at Penn State University, called “The Pumpkin Pie Bomb.” It’s a variation of the “Irish Car Bomb,” which is made by filling a pint glass 3/4 full with Pumpkin Ale and then filling a shot glass half way with Irish Cream and Cinnamon Schnapps. The shot is then dropped into the pint glass and you start chugging before it starts to curdle. If done right it’ll taste like your grandma’s pumpkin pie!
The last beer is Sam Adams new style release, the Bonfire Rauchbier. “Rauchbier” is German for “Smoke Beer” and you probably can guess that it has a smoky flavor. The only major brewing difference is that all the hops and malts are smoked before brewing. This beer has a nice 5.7% ABV, but it’s not for the average beer drinker, this is for the adventurous/experience drinkers. On a personal note, I’m absolutely in love with this beer and was worth the price of the 12-pack alone. I can only hope the Sam Adams releases it in 6-packs or it’s own 12-pack next year. This beer is a great grilling beer and pairs perfectly with nice smoked BBQ.