Wednesday night out 9/26/12

Smith’s Billiards had Element Brewing Red Giant on cask and our bartender Thai’s birthday is in a couple of days so this would be our choice of destinations. With gift in hand it was a surprise to Thai along with others around that knew him. It was a quite night there a first for us with less than a dozen or so. But the beer was fantastic especially the Red Giant so tasty with an overboard amount of flavor. My second one would be the same, Left Hand Oktoberfest, like they through in more ingredients than they needed to. We conversed with Adam and Emmy along with a couple questions we had for Thai about Theodore’s downstairs also being owned by them. How do they get drinks up or down? Well I guess that was an easy one. He said if they’re not too busy downstairs the wait staff would come up and get some of the good brews from upstairs. And if you wanted to go from up to downstairs the wait staff would open up the door in the hallway so you didn’t have to go outside which was illegal with your drink. All in all it was another great visit and happy birthday Thai.


Red Giant pours golden brown with good head and lacing. Nose is rich of sweet dark malts. Taste is mouth tingling of alcohol and very dry along with semisweet malt flavor. Very good and bold on cask at Smith’s Billiards 8.0% 9/26/12.

Left Hand

Oktoberfest pours red/golden with good head that fades quickly and not much lacing. Nose of sweet spicey malts. Taste is sweet at first than malty with a cake like note very tasty. 6.5% on tap at Smith’s Billiards 9/26/12.


Weekend Outing 9/23/12

It was a split weekend with Friday night and Saturday at camper where we visited Wandering Star Craft Brewery, to find that they did get the first batch of their own growlers. There were 9 out of 11 of their brews pouring for growler fills and two that I had not yet had, Bert’s Disqualified Imperial Stout “Russian Imperial Stout” 9.5% ABV and RUDE MAN “English Barley Wine” 10.6% ABV both where excellent. The new pricing they quoted last week changed from $8 & $10 to $8 & $12, with the higher $12 for the two high test ones I just mentioned and got along with 4 others and one was free. Saturday evening on our ride home we would stop at Four Main Street Bar and Grill to see what was on tap. I found a Peak Organic Fall Summit to be a hoppy enjoyment and the wife a Shipyard Pumpkinheadone of her favorites.

On Sunday we visited Westfield Spirits Shop for their Fall Beer Tasting 1-4pm, which I’ve learned from the owner Mike that he does about three a year “meaning Beer or Wine events”. They had hot dogs and hamburgers along with a bunch of brews from the likes of BBC, Sam Adams, Wormtown, Harpoon, Shipyard, Dogfish, and Olde Burnside, to name a few all free even the Harpoon sample glass. I met a woman Michele that was manning one of the various beer booth’s there by way of someone taping my shoulder and telling me that she would like a picture of me because she liked my T-shirt, there below first one is with my phone and two from Michele’s. It was a great time and we some lengthy talks we a few folks there and got some pointers on new place for our brew hunting!

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Wednesday night out 9/18/12

We past up the Brooklyn Brown Ale on cask at Smith’s Billiards for a close walk to the Tavern Restaurant Westfield because the Badassbeerwife wanted to watch the last night of big brother till 11pm! With it being that late at night we found most of the staff seating at the bar enjoying their self’s, and Chris the night manager was breaking in bartender Jenn on closing up routines. We got to talk to her and enjoyed our conversation during of our visit. Chris had told us of his trip to Colorado to see Phish but did not have any good brews from that area “What a shame”. I did get to try a couple of brews that were new to me, starting with a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA and then on to Pretty Thing Baby Tree. Both brews were equally excellent!

Ballast Point

Big Eye IPA pours amber/orange with good head that stays afloat and thick sticky lacing. Nose of citrus/orange and pine aroma big time. Taste of malt with hay/grass flavor and a mild biter mouth bite that lasts awhile. Very friggin good, 6.8% pint glass on tap Tavern restaurant Westfield 9/19/12.

Pretty Thing

Baby Tree pours brown with red high lights with good head that stays afloat and thick sliding lacing. Nose of rich malts with a molasses/fruit over tone. Taste semisweet and wet of malt that’s on the light side with medium fruit/alcohol flavors. Similar to barley wine and very good. 9.0% pint glass on tap at Tavern restaurant Westfield 9/19/22.


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Hey Badassbeers!

Happy September! There is a lot of excitement around the Brewery as we get knee deep into the fall season. We’ve been brewing around the clock in anticipation of four large OctoberFest celebrations happening this weekend in Boston, Cincinnati, Denver and Chicago. We had to brew a bunch more OctoberFest to try and set a world record in stein hoisting (more on that below). Not to worry, we still found time to brew Boston Lager, Harvest Pumpkin and the rest of your favorites.

Speaking of OctoberFest (the beer), what’s this about an OctoberFest milkshake? Turns out a restaurant has taken our fall brew and created a beer-infused milkshake. An innovative dessert to follow the classic fall food pairing of OctoberFest and brats!

We hope you will all join in for this weekend’s Hoist Heard ‘Round the World attempt. In the meantime enjoy this month’s edition of What’s on Tap!


Cheers! - Andrew & Bert, 2011


Mass Brewers Fest

We’re attempting the largest simultaneous stein-hoisting ever and we need your help. Whether participating at one of our four big OctoberFest celebrations in Boston, Cincinnati (home of the second largest celebration outside of Munich, Germany!), Denver and Chicago, or from the comfort of your own home, join us on September 22 at 8:00 PM EDT in an attempt to set a world-record for the most people hoisting a stein together! For additional information on these events, see:


CAN’T MAKE IT TO ONE OF THESE EVENTS TO PROST WITH US? Be sure you tune into our Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. EDT Saturday to see Jim lead thousands of Sam fans from coast to coast in a prost that just might be heard around the world.


Mass Brewers Fest

For the first time together in a 6-pack, we’re excited to release Samuel Adams® Latitude 48 IPA, Samuel Adams® Whitewater IPA, and Samuel Adams® Noble Pils in our newest variety pack: Samuel Adams® Hop Tour™. These three styles are brewed with hops from different growing regions around the world, including Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Australia and right here in the United States. In total, 13 different hop varieties went into brewing these three beers.

Enjoy a Hop Tour from the comfort of your own home by visiting our Find a Sam page.


Mass Brewers Fest

In addition to the Hoist Heard ‘Round the World, we’ve had a few thousand Sam drinkers from all over the country compete in our Stein Hoisting Competition. The top men’s and women’s times stand at over 16 and 20 minutes, respectively. However, the big question still remains…how long could YOU hoist a five pound stein? Stein Hoisting events are happening coast to coast in our attempt to find the 2012 Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Champion. The winners will receive a trip for two to the 2013 Oktoberfest Celebration in Munich, Germany!

Grab some friends and find a Stein Hoisting Event near you!


Last month we welcomed in the beginning of our fall season with our friend Norman Miller who was on hand to promote his new book "Beer Lover’s New England" and kick-off the stein hoisting season. For our October open house we’ll be featuring brews from our Harvest Collection Variety Pack and offering another round of stein hoisting. To add to the excitement we’re inviting back our Stein Hoisting finalists from competitions held in New England to crown the New England Champion!

Open House:
What: Samuel Adams® OctoberFest
When: Tuesday, October 23rd (5:00pm – 8:00pm) – Please arrive by 7:15pm
Where: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
30 Germania Street
Boston, MA 02130

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The Open House is free of charge (RSVP required). We recommend a $2.00 donation, all donations benefit local charities.


Mass Brewers Fest

The fall season can be a great time of the year to experiment with BBQ sauces. You can create wings for the game, pull out the crock pot for a pork shoulder or even take it up a notch with a smoker. Whatever your cooking preference, our chef partner David Burke has a unique and simple BBQ sauce recipe that incorporates our favorite brew, Boston Lager.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager® BBQ Sauce

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle Boston Lager
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup tomato paste

In a large sauce pan, heat all ingredients, stir and cover. Reduce by half, and simmer over low heat for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain and serve with your favorite cut of meat.

Looking for another unique BBQ sauce recipe? Take a look at this one featuring Dark Depths!


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Samuel Adams Featured Beer

A distinct roasted character with traditional pumpkin pie spices.

An up and coming fall favorite, Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 17 pounds of real pumpkin per barrel which adds full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew. Deep roasted malts, including smoked malt, lend a distinct roasted character while traditional pumpkin pie spices give this beer a subtle spice note that warms you up as the temperatures begin to drop.

While pumpkin ales have been cropping up more from craft brewers over the past few years, this style is actually one of the oldest to originate in America. Early colonists lacked some of the classic beer ingredients, so in place of malt, other fermentable sugars such as molasses, squash, or pumpkin were used. The style wasn’t well received at first because the pumpkin was used for its sugar alone rather than its flavor. Not until recently have pumpkins been used in addition to malt and other spices to create flavorful pumpkin ales. For our take on the style we’ve used a large portion of real pumpkin to give it a smooth richness and flavor.

To try our Harvest Pumpkin Ale, look for it in 6-packs and in our Harvest Collection Variety Pack. To find a location visit our Find a Sam page.

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Big E weekend brew

What does the Eastern States Exposition “The Big E” have to do with beer? Well there is a German Munich beer garden, Opa Opa saloon, Sam Adams brew garden, Tavern terrace, and the Vermont State building serving up brews from that state like Long Trail/Otter Creek/Wolaver’s along with plenty of entertainment and attraction. We arrived Friday opening day shortly after 10am, sipped Sam Octoberfest when we had lunch, then walked down to the avenue of states were I enjoyed a Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout and after the Bill Medley “The Righteous Brothers” show we relaxed and imbibed some brews at the Opa Opa saloon their IPA yum. On Saturday we visited Wondering Star Craft Brewery and seeing there are only a few weekends left for camping to fill growlers there. We found out from Chris with some optimism from Shannon, that starting next week they will only fill their own growlers and have a loyalty card program along with prices of $6 now going to $8 and $10! He had something new pouring called Red Oktober that was a big hopped up Octoberfest which was most excellent!

Wondering Star

Red Oktober pours red/brown with good head and sliding lacing. Nose is IPA with floral/citrus aromas. Taste is IPA mouth bite with some mild malt back bone. A Badassbeer 9/16/12 growler.

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Midweek night out 9/12/12

Smith’s Billiards would be our destination tonight with them tapping a cask of Blatant dry hopped IPA with owner and brewer Matthew Steinberg. We had got there about eight pm and I ordered the blatant cask and after a few sips I had asked Thai where was the blatant guy and he said over there, a couple of minutes later when he came back our way I said which one, he said the guy going out the door. So within ten minutes I missed meeting him. The wife found dogfish pumpkin and was happy and I also talked her in to Smuttynose Wheat Wine on her next brew. We had a very good and long conversation with Adam who is a bartender/all around go to guy there, about breweries fairly close by that we and he have visited and he told us of schooling he’s going through. The wife was trying to talk him into medicine as a doctor’s helper. Not knowing what to have next Thai told me that they have a paddle board now of four 4oz samples glasses, so now I had to pick four! My write up on the samples maybe vague seeing it’s only 4oz and only about two and a half mouth full’s plus the wife shared some of her wheat wine with me; it was another great night out and Thai gave us a t-shirt and Blatant glasses to take home.


Dry hopped IPA on cask pours hazy yellow with two finger head and lots of sticky lancing. Nose is big of floral/citrus grapefruit hops almost to the point of over board but great. Taste is big and bitter on the mouth but just right with all over mouth bite. Very friggin good at Smith’s Billiards 6.5% 16oz pint glass on 9/12/12.

The following where the 4 oz samplers

Pretty Thing

Meadowlark IPA pours clear amber with good head and sticky lacing. Nose of pine/citrus aroma. Taste is bitter on mouth but more on the tongue. Very good at Smith’s Billiards 7.0% 4oz glass on 9/12/12.

21st Amendment

Hop Crisis “imperial/double Ipa” pours a clear yellow with good head and sticky lacing. Nose of grapefruit and a hay/straw/earthy note. Taste is like the smell with nice dry mouth with a bite. Very good at Smith’s Billiards 9.7% 4oz glass on 9/12/12.

Sierra Nevada

Celebration Ale Pours a golden amber with big head that settles down to a floating cap and thick sticky lacing. Nose of grass and pine with a somewhat citrus aroma. Taste is big with malt and a great hop mouth bite that lingers for a long while. Very good at Smith’s Billiards 6.8% 4oz glass on 9/12/12.


Breakfast Stout pours black with good head and good lacing. Nose of dark malt with some espresso notes. Taste is smooth but short of some malt and coffee along with some sweetness to it. Good at Smith’s Billiards 8.3% 4oz glass on 9/12/12.

This one the wife saved me a few sips.


Wheat Wine Ale pours a hazy golden with good head and lacing. Nose of light malt and brandy alcohol aroma. Taste is mostly the same of wine / brandy / alcohol. Very friggin good at Smith’s Billiards 11.0% goblet glass on 9/12/12.

See what’s pouring tonight on their home page

Adam is on the left and Thai on the right and me in the “mirror”


Smuttynose E-mail

September 9, 2012
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We’d like to invite you to a unique beer dinner that showcases our towns culinary resources and the smallest batches we’ve ever brewed.

David and Charlie have been hard at work with John Forti (Curator of Historical Landscapes at Strawbery Banke) and Chef Marc Segal (from Portsmouth’s 100 Club) to bring you an evening of creative cuisine and collaborative, one-off brews that were formulated specifically for this pre-Passport dinner. Each of these beers was brewed on our pilot system, to be paired specifically with this meal. You can’t get them anywhere else!

Chef Segal, John, David and Charlie will all be at the dinner to answer your questions as well as to schmooze and make merry. You can see the menu by clicking the link below.



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Midweek Night Out 9/5

The badassbeerwife and I for the exercise and want for good brews walked to our local Tavern Restaurant Westfield. The tree quarter mile walk down Elm Street was showing signs of getting close to completion of the federal grant for reconstruction. For being a Wednesday night and just after 9 pm there was still a good crowd at the place. We found that Judy one of our favorite bartenders had the night off seeing she had worked for someone else on the Monday holiday. I could not remember the last time we had been there, but we won’t stay away that long the next time seeing their 17 tap are up and running. I found the two west coast brews I had were most excellent with similar pungent mouth bite, but the Wookey Jack stood out the most and could the best Black IPA I’ve had yet.


Wooky Jack pours black with two finger head and loads of sticky lacing. Nose of sweet malts and earthy/pine aroma. Taste is mouth puckering and tongue biting bitter of rich dark malts and hops. A Badassbeer 8.3% on tap at Tavern restaurant 9/5/12.

Green Flash

West Coast IPA pours hazy red/amber with good head and lots of lacing. Nose is more pine with some grapefruit to it. Taste is mouth biting with what I call a plastic note. 7.3% on tap at Tavern restaurant 9/5/12