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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
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1358 clicks; posted to Geek » on 05 Dec 2012 at 8:19 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-05 10:54:33 PM  
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Drinking an Old Fezziwig, enjoying it immensely.
2012-12-05 10:32:28 PM  
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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 09:52:31 PM  
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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 09:45:44 PM  
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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
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