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(Beerpulse)   No smarmy comments, just a really great interview with Sam Adams' Jim Koch about going from 'homebrewer' to 'largest craft brewer in America'   (beerpulse.com) divider line 66
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2012-12-05 08:25:37 PM  
Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.
 
2012-12-05 08:26:35 PM  
Love me some Sam Adams Boston Brick Red. Awesome with a plate of fried clams
 
2012-12-05 08:29:10 PM  
Looks like ol' Jim had already tipped a few before that interview.
 
2012-12-05 08:33:00 PM  

Free Radical: Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.


Yup.
 
2012-12-05 08:44:01 PM  

Free Radical: Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.


Only ever tried the Boston Lager since that's all we see from Boston Brewery around here, I wasn't terribly impressed but I'm not much of a lager person.

Me, I love me some of this stuff though from a brewery around here.
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2012-12-05 08:51:02 PM  

Free Radical: Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.


Except for the Spring Ale, no matter what version they made, it always sucked.

/Ocktoberfest and WInter Ale FTW
 
2012-12-05 09:04:36 PM  
Used to be about the only decent beer you could buy in the US. Way ahead of their time.
 
2012-12-05 09:07:23 PM  

SoAxVampyre: Love me some Sam Adams Boston Brick Red. Awesome with a plate of fried clams


Just tried that for the first time in October at a 99 Restaurant. I heard that they only sell that beer through the businesses that stood with the brewery when they were going through a tough financial time.

/I suppose I have the internet and could look it up.
 
2012-12-05 09:07:34 PM  

NASAM: Looks like ol' Jim had already tipped a few before that interview.


"That's my second flavorite place"
 
2012-12-05 09:15:55 PM  

jaylectricity: SoAxVampyre: Love me some Sam Adams Boston Brick Red. Awesome with a plate of fried clams

Just tried that for the first time in October at a 99 Restaurant. I heard that they only sell that beer through the businesses that stood with the brewery when they were going through a tough financial time.

/I suppose I have the internet and could look it up.


I've never heard of it, and I've seen just about all the seasonal and short release beers around here. I'm at the edge of their distribution, but I still get awesome beer.
 
2012-12-05 09:18:23 PM  
I have to say that the Boston Lager is a really damn good way to stop being thirsty. It's not the best beer in the world, but by far the best beer I can get anywhere.
 
2012-12-05 09:19:42 PM  

GAT_00: jaylectricity: SoAxVampyre: Love me some Sam Adams Boston Brick Red. Awesome with a plate of fried clams

Just tried that for the first time in October at a 99 Restaurant. I heard that they only sell that beer through the businesses that stood with the brewery when they were going through a tough financial time.

/I suppose I have the internet and could look it up.

I've never heard of it, and I've seen just about all the seasonal and short release beers around here. I'm at the edge of their distribution, but I still get awesome beer.


Hopefully it's not a mistake to post this online, but it was at the restaurant by the mall in Braintree, just south of Boston. Braintree, the town where the Brinks money might still be buried.
 
2012-12-05 09:20:02 PM  
I watched this whole thing... it could be a total put on, but he seemed like a pretty awesome guy. Came across as caring about beer, about wanting to really promote great beers in America and in wanting to be generous to his friends and colleagues.

Also, if I owned a brewery I would be 500 lbs and drunk off my ass all the time. I don't know how he manages to form sentances and be so thin.
 
2012-12-05 09:22:20 PM  

TwistedFark: Also, if I owned a brewery I would be 500 lbs and drunk off my ass all the time. I don't know how he manages to form sentances and be so thin.


That's what I always wondered. I have a hard enough time forming sentences and staying a svelt 250 lbs and I have to pay for my beer.
 
2012-12-05 09:25:59 PM  

TwistedFark: I watched this whole thing... it could be a total put on, but he seemed like a pretty awesome guy. Came across as caring about beer, about wanting to really promote great beers in America and in wanting to be generous to his friends and colleagues.

Also, if I owned a brewery I would be 500 lbs and drunk off my ass all the time. I don't know how he manages to form sentances and be so thin.


You know, I don't think I've ever heard a bad thing about the guy. From anything I've ever heard or read about the guy he really does care about making great beer.
 
2012-12-05 09:36:15 PM  
Please tell me he isn't one of the Koch brothers. Or related to them. Because if so, fark this dude.
 
2012-12-05 09:44:35 PM  

Free Radical: Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.


Pretty much this.
 
2012-12-05 09:44:37 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: TwistedFark: I watched this whole thing... it could be a total put on, but he seemed like a pretty awesome guy. Came across as caring about beer, about wanting to really promote great beers in America and in wanting to be generous to his friends and colleagues.

Also, if I owned a brewery I would be 500 lbs and drunk off my ass all the time. I don't know how he manages to form sentances and be so thin.

You know, I don't think I've ever heard a bad thing about the guy. From anything I've ever heard or read about the guy he really does care about making great beer.


A few weeks ago here in NJ they had craft brewery festival attended by a number of local brewers. I was talking to one of them who had nothing but nice things to say about Jim Koch. I forget the specifics, but it was something about the hop shortage a few years ago, and how Koch used his buying power to buy up every hop he could, and then he resold them to small craft brewers at cost so they could stay afloat. This brewer credited Koch with having saved craft brewing in America.
 
2012-12-05 09:45:32 PM  
I wish that I liked beer so that I could explore the various microbrews. Unfortunately, I cannot get past the bitter taste of the hops. The only beer that I do enjoy is Lambic: raspberry and cherry are AWESOME; the peach and sour apple aren't bad, either. Sadly there are no stores here in Pierre that sell it. I have to drive in to Rapid City on Monday for a doctor's appointment; I fully intend to stop by the liquor store and acquiring a few bottles for New Years. I also need one to make a berry jelly... I use it in the berry reduction and plan to can some for Christmas presents this year.

/boyfriend was just laid off and I am disabled
//time to get creative with the Christmas gifts
 
2012-12-05 09:45:44 PM  

Cymbal: Please tell me he isn't one of the Koch brothers. Or related to them. Because if so, fark this dude.


WTF? Did you hate Adolf Hitlers' cousins too?

//no idea if he's their cousin.
///Yup, it's good beer
 
2012-12-05 09:47:43 PM  

jimpoz: A few weeks ago here in NJ they had craft brewery festival attended by a number of local brewers. I was talking to one of them who had nothing but nice things to say about Jim Koch. I forget the specifics, but it was something about the hop shortage a few years ago, and how Koch used his buying power to buy up every hop he could, and then he resold them to small craft brewers at cost so they could stay afloat. This brewer credited Koch with having saved craft brewing in America.


Wow, that's industrial-strength awesome.
 
2012-12-05 09:52:31 PM  

jimpoz: A few weeks ago here in NJ they had craft brewery festival attended by a number of local brewers. I was talking to one of them who had nothing but nice things to say about Jim Koch. I forget the specifics, but it was something about the hop shortage a few years ago, and how Koch used his buying power to buy up every hop he could, and then he resold them to small craft brewers at cost so they could stay afloat. This brewer credited Koch with having saved craft brewing in America.


That's pretty farking bad ass.
 
2012-12-05 10:11:37 PM  
I work in the brewing industry, and BBC is one of our main competitors. I have a good friend who works in their corporate QC/R+D division. This friend says that Jim loves to get really drunk, and he often carries around dehydrated yeast which he eats by the spoonful because he thinks it will help him metabolize the alcohol that he is drinking.

Interested in good beer? Yes. Has basic knowledge of yeast (or human) metabolism? No.
 
2012-12-05 10:13:19 PM  
Also, I don't think I've had a BBC product which I liked.

/MS in brewing science, sensory.
 
2012-12-05 10:32:28 PM  
I've tried a few varieties of Sam Adams beers, and I just can't get into them. They're like the gateway beverages that start your descent into a lifetime of debilitating beer snobbery. Oh sure, everybody does it- hell, you could probably drink two, maybe even three Boston Lagers without getting hooked. But then you start trying to fit in, discussing the nuances of seasonal varieties and pretending to mock "lite" beer drinkers (while thinking sadly of the remainder of that six-pack of Coors Lite Gold you were thinking of tossing back after mowing the lawn next weekend). And before you know it, you're into the hard stuff: locavore mini-micros with names that sound like they were ripped off from lines in the J. Peterman catalog, single-run "re-vintage" brands in original swing-top bottles culled from mountains of brown-glass refuse in stinking recycling yards, brews resurrected from historically accurate recipes translated from Sumerian cuneiform tables ("Where DO they get the aged Upper-Nile crocodile dung?" you ask your fellow microbrew junkies). Hell, there's an entire case of beer in your fridge that you bought just because YOU got the joke in the name and your douchey snobster friends didn't. Then one day, you wake up in your living room, lips still wrapped around an anatomically correct "neck" of a bottle of "Big Black Bubba's Politically Incorrect Ale" and wonder "what happened?" and "how did it come to this?" And then you remember- The Boston Lager. It was the Boston Lager.
 
2012-12-05 10:38:14 PM  

tillerman35: But then you start trying to fit in,


This is where you go wrong.

If you're the type to try to fit in, you're a douchebag anyway. If you're the type that needs people to fit into your little clique, you're a douchebag.
 
2012-12-05 10:38:29 PM  
I love Boston Lager. I keep forgetting to drink it, opting for other things, but when I have it again I realize how great it is. I will never get sick of it. My biggest knock on BBC is also what I give them credit for: they churn out all these varieties that serve as a great entry point for the uninitiated. For example, they had one called "Bonfire Beer" which was a rauchbier. Smokey flavor. As rauchbiers go, it was "meh." But a friend of mine who is a bud light kind of guy suddenly was interested in trying other rauchbiers. Same thing happened with the saison they put out a while back. Another friend suddenly opened up to trying all sorts of funky yeast beers he never would have. So while I think their specialty brews are tame and reserved when compared to the standards out there, they do the wonderful work of drawing people into trying things they wouldn't have.
 
2012-12-05 10:45:54 PM  
Thanks for reminding me...

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I have three more free cases to go pick up at the brewery.
 
2012-12-05 10:49:16 PM  
That was a great read, tillerman35.

/went from normal high school crap beer straight to Guinness Stout
 
2012-12-05 10:54:33 PM  
Drinking an Old Fezziwig, enjoying it immensely.
 
2012-12-05 11:01:51 PM  

Cymbal: Please tell me he isn't one of the Koch brothers. Or related to them. Because if so, fark this dude.


They're not. Koch Brothers (pronounced like Coke) own Koch Industries, which is mostly natural gas, refining equipment, pipelines, fertilizer, paper goods (Georgia Pacific), and consumer goods (Invista, formerly a division of DuPont). They're the sons of Fred Koch.

Jim Koch (pronounced like 'Cook') isn't related to any of them. As far as I can tell Jim Koch stays out of politics. The biggest controversy associated with Sam Adams Brewers is that they refer to their Cranberry beer as a Lambic, even though it's obviously not from that region or brewed in that method, and doesn't really taste like one.
 
2012-12-05 11:06:37 PM  
As far as real beer goes, Sam Adams is just so-so. I've only had 4-5 of their offerings, but they never really gave me a reason to try. The summer beer is terrible, I felt like I should have been squeezing it over some fish or something. The only thing I ever even liked was the Chocolate Bock, at like $12/bottle.

If you havent ventured any further than Sam Adams seasonals, you owe it to yourself to drink some real beer.
 
2012-12-05 11:08:47 PM  

WinoRhino: Thanks for reminding me...

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I have three more free cases to go pick up at the brewery.


That's farking awesome
 
2012-12-05 11:09:00 PM  

tillerman35: I've tried a few varieties of Sam Adams beers, and I just can't get into them. They're like the gateway beverages that start your descent into a lifetime of debilitating beer snobbery.



Well you gotta give Sam Adams credit, when piss beer is the only other option on the menu (many restaurants around here), it counts as a passable beverage for sipping.
 
2012-12-05 11:12:17 PM  
Sam Adams tastes like shiat. I don't know hwo so many people think it's good. There's something wrong with your palate if you enjoy it.
 
2012-12-05 11:14:34 PM  

Anastacya: I wish that I liked beer so that I could explore the various microbrews. Unfortunately, I cannot get past the bitter taste of the hops.



My goodness, madam, you are missing out on such beautiful things! If you enjoyed cherry in your beer, Sam Adams makes a cherry hefeweizen that tastes like cherry 7-Up.

I got an ex girlfriend in your situation into beer with some stuff called Raspberry Brown. Its not bitter or anything, goes down super smooth, and even sneaks in a bit more alcohol than average IIRC.

www.thebrewsite.com
 
2012-12-05 11:22:29 PM  

PepperFreak: Drinking an Old Fezziwig, enjoying it immensely.


Bring us some fezziwig pudding.
 
2012-12-05 11:33:16 PM  
I have one of these from Christmas last year. Still haven't cracked it.

i1197.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-05 11:58:53 PM  
Sam Adams isnt just the largest craft brewery, they are the largest American owned brewery. Followed by Sierra Nevada and Yuengling.

Also just had one of these out of the winter sampler.

www.theperfectlyhappyman.com

I was expecting gross, but hooooooooooooooooooooley shiat was it amazingly good.

Dingleberry Dickwad: Free Radical: Sam Adams Brewery makes damn good beer.

/that is all.

Only ever tried the Boston Lager since that's all we see from Boston Brewery around here, I wasn't terribly impressed but I'm not much of a lager person.

Me, I love me some of this stuff though from a brewery around here.
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Leines has been phoning it in the past few years, their new brews have been mediocre to bad. Since the meger, blue moon seems to be the favorite craft brew child. More on topic though, i like their shandy better than Sam Adams new one, i was kinda dissapointed with that.

WinoRhino: I love Boston Lager. I keep forgetting to drink it, opting for other things, but when I have it again I realize how great it is. I will never get sick of it. My biggest knock on BBC is also what I give them credit for: they churn out all these varieties that serve as a great entry point for the uninitiated. For example, they had one called "Bonfire Beer" which was a rauchbier. Smokey flavor. As rauchbiers go, it was "meh." But a friend of mine who is a bud light kind of guy suddenly was interested in trying other rauchbiers. Same thing happened with the saison they put out a while back. Another friend suddenly opened up to trying all sorts of funky yeast beers he never would have. So while I think their specialty brews are tame and reserved when compared to the standards out there, they do the wonderful work of drawing people into trying things they wouldn't have.


Uhg, The Bonfire rauchbier... i normally like Sam Adams, and i like rauchbiers, but that thing tasted like farking bandaids.
 
2012-12-06 12:05:55 AM  

Cyno01: Sam Adams isnt just the largest craft brewery, they are the largest American owned brewery. Followed by Sierra Nevada and Yuengling.


Not as of earlier this year.
 
2012-12-06 12:29:01 AM  

Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: Cyno01: Sam Adams isnt just the largest craft brewery, they are the largest American owned brewery. Followed by Sierra Nevada and Yuengling.


Not as of earlier this year.


Huh. Had it one time when i was out east, liked it well enough, but cant get it around here.
 
2012-12-06 12:35:37 AM  

UnderwaterAlly: Sam Adams tastes like shiat. I don't know hwo so many people think it's good. There's something wrong with your palate if you enjoy it.


Oh, c'mon. That's like saying people who like jazz have shiat in their ears.

Oh, wait...
 
2012-12-06 12:59:38 AM  

Cyno01: Leines has been phoning it in the past few years, their new brews have been mediocre to bad. Since the meger, blue moon seems to be the favorite craft brew child. More on topic though, i like their shandy better than Sam Adams new one, i was kinda dissapointed with that.


I haven't really tried much of their newer stuff, the Honey Weiss is the most recent of theirs that I've tried and that's been around for what? 10 years or so? I've been trying some of the stuff by Point Brewery, but so far the 2012 Black Ale and one of their other brews that I can't recall the name of just aren't really to my taste. Sadly I live in an area where we don't get here outside the major national brands that aren't somewhat local. I mean yeah the liquor stores carry more of the smaller brewery and imported stuff, but they charge an arm and a leg for it.
 
2012-12-06 01:48:54 AM  
I liked Sam Adams before it was popular?
 
2012-12-06 01:55:51 AM  
Most of their beers are good - not great but good. Their cream stout, on the other hand, is one of the greatest beers to grace this nation.
 
2012-12-06 01:57:34 AM  

whatshisname: Used to be about the only decent beer you could buy in the US. Way ahead of their time.


Anchor Steam was way before and way better.

/still is
 
2012-12-06 02:01:58 AM  

Cymbal: Please tell me he isn't one of the Koch brothers. Or related to them. Because if so, fark this dude.


What did they ever do to you? Or are you just one of those libtards who jumps on whatever hate wagon is passing by?
 
2012-12-06 02:03:21 AM  
Does it leave out the part where he spent millions having the law governing the "Craft Brewer" label law changed so that he could continue marketing his swill as the genuine article?

/You know you taste the difference.
//If you don't then you're too young to drink or a farking tongue amputee
 
2012-12-06 06:56:01 AM  

neuroflare: That's farking awesome


Best part is it's like Wonka. You go to the brewery, they walk you through the operations, and then you end up in a cooler with cases of different varieties stacked all around you. An employee with a dolly asks you to pick which ones you want and then wheels them out to your car. Typically I'll get 4 cases of different variety packs, that way I end up with a decent amount of Boston Lager (a part of most their variety packs) and 9-12 other styles.
 
2012-12-06 07:02:29 AM  

Watching_Epoxy_Cure: Anchor Steam was way before and way better.


Partly because California changed their laws more quickly than the rest of the US did with regulations concerning brew pubs. But Maytag was a hero for keeping them around. And yes, their common beer is damn fine.

Cyno01: Uhg, The Bonfire rauchbier... i normally like Sam Adams, and i like rauchbiers, but that thing tasted like farking bandaids.


Yeah, it does. Good call.

UnderwaterAlly: Sam Adams tastes like shiat. I don't know hwo so many people think it's good. There's something wrong with your palate if you enjoy it.


There's so many things wrong with this statement.

President Merkin Muffley: //If you don't then you're too young to drink or a farking tongue amputee


Please tell us what we should drink! We're all idiots here looking for direction!
 
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