Brewmaster’s dinner in Breck features Sam Adams beers
April 7, 2009
Jim Koch, CEO and brewer of Sam Adams beer, is so passionate about presenting quality beer that he has gone beyond the science of brewing; he has invented a signature glass, which makes his Boston Lager even better.
Guests at KSMT’s first Sam Adams Brewmaster’s Dinner will not only learn how different beers complement or contrast food flavors, they’ll also take home one of Koch’s “perfect pints.”
The perfect pints are made to keep the Boston Lager, the flagship drink of Boston Beer Company that debuted in 1984, constantly carbonated and tasting its best. The bulb-shaped glass keeps the drinker’s hands from fully wrapping around the glass, thus keeping the beer at a more constant cool temperature. The ribbed top of the glass (a double lip) renews the freshness as people drink the lager, said Erin Denig, account manager with Boston Beer Company.
“The glass acts to complement the aromas of the beer, just like different wine glasses,” Denig said. “And, it’s a great conversation starter.”
The Boston Lager, which will be paired with Taddeos Ristorante’s signature chicken marsala (or vegetarian option), is one of the most complex beers the company brews. It hits various taste buds ” including sour, sweet and bitter ” while maintaining a nice balance of hoppy and sweet, she said.
Taddeos’ chefs established Friday’s four-course menu, then Boston Beer Company paired the selections from its 22 offerings.
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The dinner starts with a platter of Italian meats and cheeses, matched with Sam Adams Light. A cherry wheat brew corresponds with the spring salad. The Imperial Double Bock enhances the smooth and creamy desserts ” which include a slice of chocolate ecstasy or cheesecake.
The dinner offers more insight
into how various beers work with
different flavors, as opposed to Saturday’s beerfest, which revolves around tasting all kinds of brews.
“Not everybody’s up for the rowdy beerfest,” said KSMT’s Kari Barr, event coordinator, “and (the dinner) also gives beer lovers another opportunity to attend something (that promotes beer).”
KSMT chose to highlight Sam Adams beers because Boston Beer Company sponsors many of the radio station’s events, and KSMT staff wanted to familiarize people with
the various brews.
“One of the things about beer is it just has so many qualities and aromas,” Denig said. “Beer has a lot of the complexities of wine, from the ingredients that we’re using and from the brewing process … so it’s a great opportunity to showcase the beers.”