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Let your fingers do the walking. Samuel Adams is available in all 50 states and about three dozen countries. Look no further and this takes just a second. Go to our Beer Finder, pop in your zip code and local accounts will pop up. You can zoom in and out to expand or contract your search area.
Having a party, eh? Call your local keg retailer (check our Beer Finder to locate one) and place your order in advance. We offer Boston Lager, Rebel IPA, some seasonal beers, and occasionally some surprise additions.
Some Sam Adams styles are available year-round, others seasonally, and others are special beers we brew in small batches. Some of these specialty beers don’t even make it to our Beer Finder. Checking in with your retailer, however, is the best way to track it down and to find out about the availability in your area.
Uncle Sam says no. Sadly, we cannot ship beers to you from our brewery or take on-line orders. The good news is that we can sell direct to drinkers who visit our Boston Brewery. We offer a variety of specialty beers in bottles and growlers at our brewery store. Better yet, we now have a Tap Room at the brewery where you can sample several “rotating” styles by the pint or in crowlers.
Utopias is a rare species indeed; we typically only brew about 13,000 bottles every other year. Sadly, there’s no shortcut to finding a bottle of Utopias, and we cannot help in this instance because we don’t know whose shelves might still have a bottle. You can call around different retailers in your area. We think it’s worth the search; it defines the outer edge of the beer universe. Some retailers will take orders in advance for the next release.
If you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Vermont don’t even look. Utopias is Illegal in those states because of its high alcohol content.
Fooled ya! Heli-Yum is an imaginary product. We released a video, check it out here, announcing its “arrival” on April Fool’s Day 2014. It was fun making the video, and we had a fantastic response. In reality, helium is one of the least soluble noble gases, and it would be really hard to infuse it into beer. On the other hand, we urge you to try some of the other 60 Sam Adams styles we brew every year.
Samuel Adams pioneered legible freshness dating back in the 1980s. It’s printed on every bottle and on the top of every case of our beer. Turn your bottle of Sam on its side (before opening) and the left edge of the label has months and a year printed. One month is notched, and you want to drink it before the first of that month. If you have a can, turn it over to see a month and year indicated on the bottom of the can for when you would want to enjoy that beer by. It won’t hurt you to drink it past that date, but you won’t get the full brewery-fresh taste that we want you to enjoy.
Since the year 1516 German beers can legally have only four ingredients: hops, barley, yeast and water. This German Beer Purity law, called the Reinheitsgebot, is considered the world’s first consumer protection law. It says that all other ingredients are strictly Verboten! The 18th century recipe for Samuel Adams Boston Lager, came from Jim Koch’s family brewing archives. Specifically, Boston Lager calls for two-row summer barley and two kinds of the finest German Noble hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger.
Over the years, we have experimented with hundreds of other ingredients and developed innovative new recipes using vanilla, chocolate, Grains of Paradise (an African pepper), cinnamon, citrus, and other fruits.
Absolutely not. Even though we brew about 60 different styles of beer every year, we don’t use any of those foods. If you have allergies to less common ingredients, please reach out to us at our Contact Us page. We are happy to help.
Our traditional recipes use malted barley and wheat, both of which have gluten. A few drinkers have asked u to brew a gluten free beer, but our experimentation with gluten free recipes has not yielded a beer we want to drink. There is hope, however! If you’re looking for a gluten free option, we’d recommend Truly Hard Seltzer, www.trulyhardseltzer.com, and Angry Orchard Ciders, www.angryorchard.com.
We brew our beers in the three breweries we own. Our original brewery dates back to 1870 but closed in the 1960s. We began renovating it in 1984. It serves as our innovation brewery and is the heart and soul of our company. It’s where we develop all our new beers. We also welcome more than 200,000 thirsty beer pilgrims every year for tours and tastings, and to pull up a stool and sample beers at our first Tap Room.
In 1997, we bought an historic brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio which we also have renovated, and which also is located nearby our Cincinnati Tap Room. In 2008 we bought a third historic brewery in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania that we brought back to life and over the years have expanded and upgraded.
Many of our Samuel Adams styles are Kosher and bear the Star-K certification symbol on the label. To see our letter of certification or to inquire about specific styles, send us an email using the form at the bottom of this page.
We are always on the hunt for great talent. Check out our open positions here. We update these listings every week. Lots of people assume that working for a beer company is all fun and no work. FALSE.! We work hard and we play. If you’re a smart and hard-working person and passionate about building your career, Boston Beer Company may be just the place for you. HINT: In the “play hard” category, every employee (over 21) gets two free cases of beer every month.
We have a store in our Boston Brewery that is brimming with all kinds of Samuel Adams merchandise. If you can’t make it to Boston, however, check out our E-store. We have lots of clothing, bar wear, signs, etc.
The best way to get information about the goodies we have in our eStore is to send us a message through our eStore Contact Us page here.
We are able to provide beer only to authorized groups with a 501(c)(3) designation. We support countless non-profits with beer donations. We generally ask the organizations to pick up the beer at our brewery, but in limited cases we can arrange for donations in other parts of the country. To find out if we might be able to donate beer for your event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We focus most of our philanthropic efforts to help communities across the country through our Brewing the American Dream program.
At Samuel Adams, we certainly understand the uphill battle of starting a small business. In 1984, our founder and brewer, Jim Koch, had a dream of starting a brewery, but lacked the financing, advice, and the small business experience – to make that happen. Jim hasn’t forgotten the challenges start-ups face in the American business landscape. Entrepreneurs who have a dream, a plan, and a passion, now have somewhere to go to help them launch or grow.
We’re happy you have found your way to our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program. BTAD is designed specifically to help food, beverage, hospitality, and craft brewing entrepreneurs through access to capital, mentoring, and coaching. You can find lots of information on our program website. There you can learn how to apply for a small business loan and learn about our coaching and mentoring events and programs. Since BTAD’s launch in 2008, we have provided more than $26 million in loans to thousands of small businesses all over the country. If you’re in or want to be in the food & beverage industry, please reach out to BTAD.
Yes! Join the fun! The Samuel Adams Boston Brewery is one of Boston’s most popular attractions and has been voted “Best Brewery Tour” many, many times. Learn about making beer, and best of all, sample several different beers in our tasting rooms.
The Brewery and the Shop are open for tours Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. The Tap Room is open the Monday through Saturday from 11 am until 8 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. Click on our Boston Brewery page and our Brewery FAQs. Our two breweries (Cincinnati, OH, and Lehigh Valley, PA) are not currently open for public tours/tastings.
Our Tap Room across from our Cincinnati Brewery features food trucks, occasional musical entertainment, and, of course, beer. It is open Monday through Thursday 3 pm to 11 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 12 am.
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