What's In Your Beer?

Boston Lager is never made with corn syrup. The Sam Adams brewers use traditional, quality two-row barley and roast the malts in various ways to reach the ideal profile for the beer.

Slow Lager

Lager brewing started more than 600 years ago. Using traditional, German methods, quality ingredients, full-flavored lagers take longer to brew. From start to finish, it takes more than a month to brew a single batch of Boston Lager. When it comes to quality lager brewing – it should be slow, inefficient, expensive and just plain hard.

Slow Lager

Lager brewing started more than 600 years ago. Using traditional, German methods, quality ingredients, full-flavored lagers take longer to brew. From start to finish, it takes more than a month to brew a single batch of Boston Lager. When it comes to quality lager brewing – it should be slow, inefficient, expensive and just plain hard.

Never From Concentrate

The easiest and most efficient way to brew is a process known as “high gravity brewing”. The practice entails making a sort of beer “syrup” and then diluting it with water until the desired %ABV is achieved. Sam Adams Boston Lager is not from concentrate. To deliver the full flavor and aroma, the brewing process is labor-intensive, including decoction mashing (four-vessel process), krausening (secondary fermentation), extended lagering (aging), and dry hopping during the final stages of fermentation.

Never From Concentrate

The easiest and most efficient way to brew is a process known as “high gravity brewing”. The practice entails making a sort of beer “syrup” and then diluting it with water until the desired %ABV is achieved. Sam Adams Boston Lager is not from concentrate. To deliver the full flavor and aroma, the brewing process is labor-intensive, including decoction mashing (four-vessel process), krausening (secondary fermentation), extended lagering (aging), and dry hopping during the final stages of fermentation.

100% Heirloom Hops

To fulfill the original recipe for Boston Lager, Jim tracked down a family of hop growers – the Stanglmairs – who have grown Mittelfrueh hops since the 14th century. Jim Koch joins the Stanglmair Family in Germany every year to hand-select Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, regarded as the original German lager hop. These aroma hops are more expensive because they require more care and attention to cultivate and grow.

Brewed Inefficiently

Since 1984.

For 34 years, we’ve made our Boston Lager inefficiently. Slow. Expensive. Never faster and cheaper, because inefficient brewing makes better beer.

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Brewed Inefficiently

Since 1984.

For 34 years, we’ve made our Boston Lager inefficiently. Slow. Expensive. Never faster and cheaper, because inefficient brewing makes better beer.

LEARN MORE

Terroir Lager

The Mittelfrueh aroma hops used in Boston Lager can only come from the Hallertau region of Germany because of the unique soil and climate. Like the great wines of Burgundy or Bordeaux, a quality lager comes down to the terroir. Soil and climate combine to produce hops like nowhere else. The Stanglemairs best 16 acres of Mittelfrueh hops go into every batch of Boston Lager.

Terroir Lager

The Mittelfrueh aroma hops used in Boston Lager can only come from the Hallertau region of Germany because of the unique soil and climate. Like the great wines of Burgundy or Bordeaux, a quality lager comes down to the terroir. Soil and climate combine to produce hops like nowhere else. The Stanglemairs best 16 acres of Mittelfrueh hops go into every batch of Boston Lager.

Independently Brewed

We are an independent craft brewery that’s committed to brewing only the best-crafted beers for our drinkers. We proudly display the Brewer’s Association Independent craft brewer seal on our beer.

Independently Brewed

We are an independent craft brewery that’s committed to brewing only the best-crafted beers for our drinkers. We proudly display the Brewer’s Association Independent craft brewer seal on our beer.

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