By Timaree Schmit
Ostensibly, the Fourth of July is about freedom. Realistically, we recognize that the freedom Americans seized in 1776 was fairly narrow in scope and didn’t apply equally to all of us.
Brewed here in Pennsy, a state that knows a thing or two about helping to found a country, this beer is a picture perfect model of what an American pale ale ought to be.
The real Samuel Adams was one of the architects of the American Revolution, a man who stoked the fires of rebellion.
Gritty, resinous hop flavor packs a punch, too, while being beautifully balanced by grassy pilsner malts.
Imagine a Belgian-style sugar waffle, atop which has been generously slathered a smooth layer of Nutella and a cumulus puff of mascarpone whipped cream.
I headed on over to The Bottle Shop and enlisted the help of Gena Montebello, its deeply knowledgeable, supremely helpful owner. The five brews we settled on represent an excellent, delicious range of late-summer-appropriate canned beers
When Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co.—producer of the Samuel Adams brand—dropped in on Philly Beer Week last Wednesday, it wasn’t as much a visit as it was a homecoming. See, the roots of Samuel Adams’ success are almost as interwoven with Southeastern Pennsylvania as they are with Boston.
Never tried craft beer? Here are some great ones recently spotted around town. Sometimes they’re on tap—sometimes they’re not. The hunt is part of the fun.