Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Samuel Adams Boston Lager! This flagship beer has been gracing tables since 1984. Although Samuel Adams is a huge brewery that crafts a fine beer, it is still not owned by Budweiser! So feel guilt free when you step up to drink a Boston Lager. East coast brews have been on my mind, and I am hoping to get a chance to taste them first hand in their native land. If my tax return doesn’t give me any big surprises, my wife and I will travel to Boston for the American Craft Beer Fest in late May, and to Philly to catch the first half of Philly Beer Week, doing some beer tasting all the way through the trip. I have never been a beer tourist before, normally just tasting where I happen to be touring. Now that I am officially a beer blogger I feel it would be a great step in progression of my project. Alaska just doesn’t get the distribution that the East Coast does. That is the way it has been traditionally done for hundreds of years though. Getting a beer from over a hundred miles away in Germany is tough, unless it is a huge brewery. Simply because it makes sense to have beer that is brewed close to home. Getting it there before temperature changes affect the beer is important. Also, beer from far away lacks the same demand as local brews, so it sits on shelves too long, making the product less vibrant and less flavorful!
To getting off subject, something that drinking a fine brew will make one do, and to Samuel Adams, which qualifies as good beer in my book, so why not ramble a bit!