Now that we're several weeks in to this experiment of me playing blue collar sommelier and pairing a beer to a game, I noticed a trend that I found wholly unsatisfying... price, value for money "Where is it James?"
Given how the season has gone I can't help but imagine some PSL holders are looking for a little value for money as I'm sure more than a few are looking in their empty wallets, staring at the field and doing a double take wondering why their money has vanished in a David Blaine-esque slight of hand.
Today I'm here to tell you that a good beer isn't always hard to find. For all the taste sensations waiting to be uncovered on the shelves of boutique wine stores and in the coolers of upmarket grocers there are great beers available to all. So, as the Panthers joined together this week to share their successes a failures we too shall look at a beer available to all.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
The Brewery: The Boston Beer Company was started in founder Jim Koch's kitchen in 1984 (much like most brewers get started). He was looking to reignite his family's legacy from the 1800's a long line of brew masters and had a dream of creating great beer on a small scale. Eventually, his business began to grow and now 'Sam Adams' is synonymous with great beer.
The Brew: Brewed in the German Marzen (March) style Octoberfests are brewed before the summer months and left to age a longer time than the typical 4-6 weeks needed from brewing to opening. Samuel Adam's take on the style weighs in a 5.30% ABV and has a subtle sweetness and taste of bread typically associated with the style. I had my first Octoberfest this year on draft and I can safely say I think their 2010 is the best they've brewed in a few years.
How it relates to the game: First Sunday in October, the leaves are starting to change and hopefully the Panthers' fortunes with them.
Where to buy: Samuel Adam's beers are available extensively throughout the United Stats.
Price Point: $5-$7 per 6-pack