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Big variety in Sam Adams' Long Shot winners


Every year, Samuel Adams hosts the “Long Shot” brewing contest — a home brewing contest that is, and they have announced – and mass produced — the winners for this year.

The three who walked away with the prize are Florida resident Russ Bruner for American Stout, Cesar Marron of Illinois for his Grätzer, and Teresa Bury, who took the Samuel Adams Employee Homebrew prize for her Pineapple IPA.

Almost 1,000 beers were submitted for the contest, so those who won had some stiff competition.

Home brewing is no longer a rare hobby. The Brewer’s Association reported that almost 400 new breweries were open in 2013, making almost 2,800 craft breweries operating today in the United States. Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams had this to say about the contest: “Every year ... I’m blown away by the creativity and skill of the entrants.”

If, by the way, you’re interested in entering the contest you can get the details at www.samueladams.com/longshot.

You can find information there on the rules and regulations and also information on purchasing a home brewing kit if you’d like to get started. There is also a video, “The Art of Home brewing.”Let’s have a look a the winners:

Sam Adams LongShot Pineapple IPA, Ale with Pineapple Juice, by Teresa Bury. Pineapple? Even if you are not a fruit beer lover, this one is well worth a try. Average size white head, lasting, over yellow-gold beer. Hops intensity is high with citrus, lemon and a balanced, not overwhelming pineapple. It is just off-dry, medium-plus bitterness, medium acidity carbonation and alcohol that is very well integrated. Medium body and texture. Medium-plus flavor intensity with hops and spice on the palate. Perfect for summer.

Sam Adams LongShot Grätzer, Polish Smoked Wheat Beer, by Cesar Marron, 4.4% ABV. “Smoke” is the important word here. This is a pale yellow beer under a pure white head. Low malt, high hops with rich smokiness and meaty aromas. It is dry, with medium bitterness, acidity and carbonation. The alcohol here also is well integrated. The body tends toward the later end of the spectrum but the flavors are strong with smoke and bacon coming through. Very good, and made for pairing with bacon cheeseburgers or BLTs.

Sam Adams LongShot American Stout by Russ Bruner, 7.2% ABV. This beer has a huge chocolate-shake colored head, creamy and frothy as well as lasting. It is dark, black with a hint of brown around the edges. High malt intensity of the nose with caramel, molasses, coffee, and cereal notes. Low hops intensity.

This is a dry stout with medium-plus bitterness and medium acidity, medium carbonation. It is full-bodied with a creamy, thick texture and medium-plus flavor intensity that reflects the nose. The flavor character is predominantly malt and it has a very long finish. I’m thinking of steaks with sauces on them.The winners are available in six-packs with a suggested retail price of $7.90 to $9.99. The pack contains two bottles each of the three winners.

Contact local beer and wine writer Jim Beauregard at tastingnotesnh@aol.com.

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