Two of Samuel Adams’ Most Refreshing Brews, Just in Time for Backyard Bar-be-Ques!

By Rick Garner

Whether you’re tailgating at the game or shaking sand out of your shorts after a hot day at the beach, summer’s definitely full of occasions that call for a refreshing beer. The Samuel Adams brewers take pride in bottling a selection of summer-inspired brews that capture all the season’s beat beer-drinking moments, and here are two of my faves:

Samuel Adams Summer Ale ~ a tried and true favorite ~ is the perfect brew for kicking back on the porch on a hot day. Brewed with lemon zest and Grains of Paradise (a centuries-old exotic African pepper rumored to have ~ oh yeah! ~ aphrodisiac qualities), Summer Ale is crisp and lemony, with a hint of spice on the finish. Summer Ale’s yeast creates tangy tropical mango and peach flavors while the peppery notes from the Grains add volume and depth.

Samuel Adams Belgian Session is a crisp, bright version of a traditional Belgian beer with fruity, slightly spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast. After many trial batches made from a finicky Belgian yeast, the brewers redefined the typical session beer style, using subtly sweet toffee and caramel notes from a blend of pale and honey malts to harmonize with the yeast’s distinctive fruity and spicy flavors. By definition, session beers contain no higher than 5% ABV (Belgian Session is 4.3%), allowing the drinker to enjoy multiple beers during a “session.”

If you’re heating up the grill, try using a great craft beer as a marinade for spicing up your favorite meats. Below is our go-to Summer Ale marinade, created by Chef David Burke:

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Chicken Marinade

Marinate chicken in the following at least six hours before grilling.

  • 2 bottles Sam Adams Summer Ale
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon

Summer Ale and Belgian Session are both part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles Variety 12-pack (available through late August). This year’s pack also includes Boston Lager, Cherry Wheat, East-West Kolsh and Noble Pils. Boston Lager and Summer Ale are available separately in six-packs.

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