I would have wanted to feature a good holiday ale for my Christmas post, but I haven’t been able to pass by either of my go-to beer stores to pick up the special Christmas releases of Slaapmutske, Delirium and Katipunan Craft Ales. Instead, I’m taking the opportunity to cross out a post that has been on my back burner for a couple months.
Sam Adams Boston Lager is one of the beers that defined craft brewing in the United States. Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company revived an old family brewing tradition, using a hand-me-down recipe from his ancestors. The Boston Lager is trademark American craft – putting a twist on classic European beer styles and redefining them for American “supersize me” palates.
This one is a play on the Vienna Lager. It’s not a commonly available style here, so I have nothing else to compare it to. It’s a well-made beer, but a bit too sweet for my hophead palate. It’s market share as the number one craft beer in the US and an increasing profile in the Philippine market is unquestionable, though.