Fall is definitely upon us here in Boston. The leaves have started to turn and there’s an unmistakable chill in the air – the kind that’s best eased by a stein filled to the brim with OctoberFest. But OctoberFest, Pumpkin Batch, and the rest of our Fall Variety Pack beers aren’t the only ones we’re warming up with this month; Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru is making its way across the country and Fat Jack, our Double Pumpkin Ale, is back for a limited time, packing as big a punch of pumpkin as ever. We’re also excited to announce the winners of our LongShot Homebrew Contest, as well as a few new beers that’ll be coming your way soon. Until then, join us in raising a stein (or two) and drinking in all that fall has to offer.
Stein Hoisting Finals
Thousands of steins were hoisted, and dreams of championship glory dashed this OctoberFest season. On Tuesday, October 13th, the best of the best faced off for the title of Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Champion. This year for the first time ever, our finalists competed in front of a national audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Congratulations to Cody Bane and Lori Moore, who not only have bragging rights for the next year, but will also travel to Munich for the 2016 Oktoberfest celebration. Prost!
The 2015 Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru Tour is in full swing, and drinkers nationwide are experiencing firsthand what the hype is all about. The funky, complex flavor of our unique Belgian-style ale comes from its year-long aging in our Barrel Room. So far drinkers in eight cities across the country have gotten the chance to try Kosmic Mother Funk, including crowds at the Great American Beer Festival, and now KMF is traveling to:
– Grand Rapids
– Kansas City
– New York City
– Portland, ME
– Washington, DC
– San Diego
– San Francisco
– Los Angeles
The votes are in and after a tight race, Indianapolis has been voted this year’s Drinker’s Choice city for the 20th and final KMF tour stop! Live near Indy or one of the cities listed above and want to try KMF for yourself? Head to our website to see when and where you can find it. Don’t forget to use #KMFtour to let us know what you think!
LongShot Homebrew Contest
There’s a soft spot in our hearts for homebrewing – after all, Jim Koch’s first batch of Boston Lager was brewed in his kitchen more than 30 years ago. In that spirit, our LongShot Homebrew Contest seeks to find and recognize homebrewers whose talent and passion push the boundaries of what beer can be. This year’s winners, announced at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, are:
Tim Thomssen’s Raspberry Berliner Weisse (Lincoln, NE)
Kevin Nanzer’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale (Mountain View, CA)
Samuel Adams employee Colin Foy’s Flanders Red Ale (Cincinnati, OH)
These three unique and distinct beers will be available nationwide next spring in the 2016 Samuel Adams LongShot variety six-pack. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all the homebrewers who entered their beers! Stay tuned for details about next year’s competition.
Upcoming Brewing the American Dream Events
Upcoming Speed Coaching Events
Are you a small food or beverage business owner looking for nuts and bolts business advice? Samuel Adams can help! Attend one of our Speed Coaching events and connect with one of our employees for mentoring and business expertise. Learn more on our website. Be sure to sign up for an event near you!
– New York, New York – November 16, 2015, RSVP
– Austin, TX – November 18, 2015, RSVP
2016 National Brewing and Business Experienceship Award Congratulations to Flounder Brewing Company, winner of the 2016 National Brewing and Business Experienceship Award from Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream program. Co-founders Jeremy Lees, Daniel Lees, and Billy Jordan were selected from a pool of 25 small craft breweries to receive a year’s worth of mentoring and coaching with our brewers and industry experts. They will also travel to Boston from their home state of New Jersey to spend three days brewing a collaboration beer with our team here at the Boston Brewery. Read more about Flounder Brewing Co. here.