Beer Release: NW: Get It Now … Samuel Adams’ Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout

image sourced from Boston Beer Company1 ... 2 ... 3 ... and exhale. Christmas 2013 is an immediate memory. All that remains is returning your gifts for store credit, avoid looking at your waistline, and preparing for that pending New Year's Eve invite. Or you could be one of a select few who didn't think that 20 variations on "Santa Claus is coming to town" was enough. For those who felt that Christmas didn't overstay its welcome this writer has a suggestion.

Introduced in early November, when people were thinking more about Thanksgiving turkey than the spirit of giving, Samuel Adams released Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout.

image sourced from Boston Beer CompanySamuel Adams Merry Maker is a full-bodied, strong and dark gingerbread stout perfect for the holiday season. The brew is slightly nutty with a sweet roasty character and notes of cocoa. Inspired by traditional holiday flavors, the brewers added a rich blend of spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger for a layer of complexity and lingering heat.

In addition to these traditional holiday spices, the brewers selected a variety of malts to enhance the taste of gingerbread in this festive and warming beer. Dark roasted malts contribute smooth sweetness and heartiness as well as hints of cocoa and a slight nuttiness, while wheat gives this brew its bread-like quality and flaked oaks its full body and smoothness. Traditional English hops, East-Kent Goldings and Fuggles, add a subtle earthy character and depth to the finish while balancing the stout’s rich malt flavor.

If the brewery-provided description of this unique ale sounds appealing, then you only have to drive to a nearby grocer or bottleshop to get a 22 ounce of Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout.

Cheers

About The Boston Beer Company

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen.  Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America.  That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit.  Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager soon became a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 50 styles of beer.  It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients.  Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening.  The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and in the past five years has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams® beer is America's largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market.  The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

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