The Thirsty Beagle: Sam Adams, Weber Grills team up for smoker recipes

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sam Adams, Weber Grills team up for smoker recipes

For purposes of full disclosure, I should say I'm not a giant fan of Sam Adams. 

A quick scan through Untappd shows that I've tried at least 30 different Sam Adams beers, so I think I'm qualified to make that categorization.

Sam Adams certainly has its place in the craft beer universe; I just feel that place is to serve as a gateway beer to more aggressive craft styles.

I can speak from personal experience on that point -- Sam Adams Boston Lager was one of the first non-macro brew beers I tried in college (I'll defer on the argument of whether Sam Adams has itself become a macro brewery now).

Truth be told, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Winter Lager, and some of their newer beers, are perfectly serviceable beers.

So why am I writing this blog post? Because Sam Adams has always been really good about sending me beer to sample. The least I can do is throw them a plug for their latest promotion, which involved me getting this in the mail:

That's a bottle of Summer Ale plus a bag of apple wood chips. Sam Adams has teamed up with Weber Grills to develop a series of recipes partnering beer-soaked wood chips with beer-infused ingredients.

As someone who thinks smoking meat and making beer at the same time is like some sort of transformative-right-of-manhood type of exercise, I can get behind combining all this into one.

If you're interested in reading more, you can get the details right here.

Pints and Pins

-Congrats to Thirsty Beagle fan James Taylor III! He's the winner of yesterday's drawing for two free entries to Brew Mile OKC on June 26.

-Flint is hosting Wine & Palette for a Painting and Pints event on Father's Day, June 21. Looks like a real nifty deal. Does anyone say "nifty" anymore? You can learn about the painting event here.

-Reminder: The rescheduled Chili Cook-Off and Craft Beer Block Party at Mustang Brewing is set for this Saturday, June 13.

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