I know there are people out in the world who don’t like the things that the Boston Beer Company produces, but I’m personally a big fan of the things they put out under the Sam Adams label (Noble Pils is one of my favorite beers). Another awesome thing they do is the Longshot homebrew contest, in which people send in their best beers, they are rated by a panel of judges (including Jim Koch, head of Boston Beer Co., as well as the heads of RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, among others). If the beer is chosen, then it is distributed nationally for a limited time in the Longshot packs.
I picked up one of each beer from this year’s Longshot pack. This year’s entrants were interesting because they all have unique ingredients. The one I had last night, Blackened Hops, was probably the best one from the pack. I’m not sure if I made a mistake while pouring, but you can see there was a lot of head on the beer. It had a rich, malty taste, with hints of coffee. Most other beers with this kind of taste are thick stouts, but this was a crisp ale, which made it much more drinkable.
Big fan of this one, I’d like to see something similar from the brewery, or someone else to pick up this recipe for larger scale distribution.