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Old 07-10-2008, 08:33 PM   #21
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It's not the best beer but it's leaps and bounds above BMC. If it gets more people interested in craft beer then more power to it. Only thing I really dislike is their cherry wheat beer. Tastes like someone poured in some cough syrup...

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:34 PM   #22
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I love their Boston lager, and their winter lager wasn't bad either.

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #23
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I drink it all the time while traveling. It's right behind Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Those two beers can usually be found in any decent restaurant in bottles.
Yep, me too. I admire Jim Koch and think the company has "done good" for itself. I drink (and enjoy) the SA beers often. My favorite is the Boston Ale, but that's harder to find than the Boston Lager.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:08 PM   #24
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I don't care for their Boston lager. But I enjoy a few of the other beers they make.

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Old 07-10-2008, 10:02 PM   #25
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I've warmed up to the notion of contract and remote brewing in recent years. It used to bother me when I would learn that a beer I liked and respected was brewed in some other city or by some other company than the brewery on the label, but with large scale brewing, it seems like the facilities are all equally capable of making good beer. It's the recipes that matter most. Can anyone tell a difference between Red Hook brewed in Washington and Red Hook Brewed in New Hampshire? Even my beloved Christian Moerlein is currently brewed in Maryland. I'd like to see them move operations back to cincy where it's historically based and currently run (and they want to bring it home also), but the most important thing is that the beer tastes good and pays tribute to it's origins.

Back to SA: for what it's worth, their cincy operation is based in the historic old Hudepohl brewery, so it's not like some big plain factory (though i really wish they had tours).


I was bothered by that also, but I have to admit as a business decision it is very sound. Small breweries were bought up by the big 3 throughout the 1900's and I would not like to see that happen again. So if a smaller brewery can stay profitable by working 24/7 making someone else's beer it's win-win-win(comany1-company2-consumers)
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:46 AM   #26
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Well when you look at it, market share, Boston Beer company has maybe .8 of a percent of the market. (According to Jim Koch, a miniscule brewer trying to be small.)

Genesee Brewing now known as High Falls Brewing does a large amount of Sam Adams contract brewing in Rochester, NY.

I love Sam Adam's Boston Lager, their Cherry Wheat has always been a favorite of mine. I like their Winter Lager, and Summer Ale as well.

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Old 07-11-2008, 02:06 AM   #27
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Back to SA: for what it's worth, their cincy operation is based in the historic old Hudepohl brewery, so it's not like some big plain factory (though i really wish they had tours).
They do have tours if you know the right people

J/K but seriously a good friend of mine just took a job at SA and said he could get me in on a tour at the Cincy Plant...

As for their beer, I have no complaints...
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:19 AM   #28
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Let's see, Sam Adams has sent me for free

1) Two pretty cool beer glasses via the AHA (one of which broke).
2) A pretty cool hat, which I lost.

And I pretty much like all of their beers I've tried, so other than having their stuff break or get lost on me, I don't have any complaints.

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Old 07-11-2008, 03:45 AM   #29
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i have a question. Sam Adams cream stout, what is it supposed to taste like? i am new to the various types of beer so i'm not sure what i am supposed to be tasting. the reason i ask this is so far i have had two (1 hot 1 cold) the hot one had a little coffee after taste with a burnt flavor. the cold one i had just tasted burnt.

is it that way with all stouts? just Sam Adams? or just this batch?

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Old 07-11-2008, 03:44 PM   #30
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a good friend of mine just took a job at SA and said he could get me in on a tour at the Cincy Plant...
You lucky dog! I've always been interested in a brewery tour as well......guess I just don't know the right people.

+1 to Mr Febtober.......I sure would like to see Christian Moerlein move brewing operations back to Cincy. I might even consider being one of the first in line for a job there!
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