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Samuel Adams Irish Red brewed by the Boston Beer Company - Boston, MA

Samuel Adams Irish Red brewed by  the Boston Beer Company - Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel Adams Irish Red is brewed with two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60 malt. The blend of pale malts provides most of the body and backbone of the beer, while the generous portion of Caramel 60 contributes to the deep red color and caramel sweetness that defines the style. To balance all of that sweetness, we use earthy East Kent Goldings and English Fuggles hops. Their subtle bitterness and aroma provide a delicate complexity to the brew.

Samuel Adams Irish Red Label

Beer Review by Beer Advocate 
Appearance: Ruby colored brew with about a two finger light tan head. Retention and lacing are great.

Smell: Sweet mild malt aromas with some grass and floral hops.

Taste: Smooth biscuity malts are the first thing I taste. Some caramel here and there. The sweetness of the malt is tamed by some herbal hops and the balance in here is pretty nice. The finish and aftertaste have a tea like flavor that I love in an Irish red.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average to low carbonation. Drinkable as hell.

Overall: Great example of the style. Tasty and extremely sessionable. Highly recommended.

 Samuel Adams Brewhouse in Jamica Plains, MAJim Koch - President of the Boston Beer Company

The Start of the Boston Beer Company and Sam Adams
The Samuel Adams brand began with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The original recipe was developed in 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri by Louis Koch, who sold under the name Louis Koch Lager until Prohibition, and again until the early 1950s.

In 1984, Jim Koch, the fifth-generation, first born son to follow in his family’s brewing footsteps, brewed his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen, using the original family recipe for Louis Koch Lager. At the time, Koch was working at Boston Consulting Group after receiving BA, MBA and JD degrees from Harvard University. At Harvard, Koch met Harry Rubin and Lorenzo Lamadrid. Both Rubin and Lamadrid were graduates of Harvard Business School. In December 1984, Koch left his career at Boston Consulting Group and along with Rubin and Lamadrid, founded Samuel Adams Beer. Shortly thereafter, they optimized the recipe with the help of Joseph Owades, the man credited with the invention of light beer in the 1970s. Koch, Rubin, and Lamadrid agreed on the name Samuel Adams after the Boston patriot, who fought for American independence, and who also had inherited a brewing tradition from his father.

In April 1985, the beer was re-introduced as Samuel Adams Boston Lager, at the re-creation of the first battle of the American Revolution on Patriot's Day. Three months later, it was voted “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival, in which 93 national and regional beers competed. The publicity that followed helped the Boston Beer Company's sales grow to 63,000 barrels in 1989. The beer was first put on tap at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

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