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Samuel Adams Names Winner for Patriot Homebrew Contest

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New Hampshire homebrewer Rob North triumphed over nearly 200 other entrants to win the third annual Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew contest.  His winning brew, a Rauchbier, meaning “smoke beer” in German, will be served and sold at Gillette Stadium during the upcoming Patriots season. Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, North beat out entries from all six New England states.

“Rob’s Rauchbier is well balanced and has a perfect blend of smoke and malt, reminding me of the traditional Rauchbiers I’ve enjoyed while visiting Germany every year during hops selection,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “Its sweet and smoky aroma and flavor will make this beer a perfect complement to the sausages and bold, full flavored grilled fare that people love during football season.”

Along with bragging rights, Rob’s prize includes the opportunity to come to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery and brew his winning beer with support from the Samuel Adams team of brewers.   Rob’s brew will be served alongside the traditional Samuel Adams beers at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse in Gillette Stadium during the entire 2010-2011 football season.

Rob has been actively homebrewing for the past three years, and is a member of the homebrew club, Brew Free or Die based in New Hampshire.  He has entered a few other homebrew competitions over that course of time, and was crowned “Brewer of the Year” at the New England Regional Homebrew Competition in the fall of 2009.  Today, he adds another big win to his list.  “I had planned to enter one of my homebrews into the 2008 Patriot Homebrew Contest, but because of an ice storm in New Hampshire, I couldn’t get the beer to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery in time.  Winning the contest this year definitely makes up for it!” Rob said.  “It is such an amazing feeling to know that my Rauchbier will be served at Gillette Stadium this year.  Rauchbiers are not a common beer style and I’m excited to have the opportunity to put a beer like this in front of people who haven’t tried it before and open up their eyes to something different.  What’s even better, this is a fantastic beer to enjoy during football season!”

The origin of Rauchbiers dates back to the 1500s in the town of Bamberg, Germany.  Even today, the best known Rauchbiers are found in the historical brewpubs in Bavaria.  Rauchbiers are typically dark amber in color and have a smoky aroma and flavor that varies in intensity depending on the smoked malts used in the brewing process.

Twenty five years ago, Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen.  Koch dreamed of bringing fresh, flavorful beer to local beer lovers.  That first brew, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, went on to help start the craft beer revolution.  Over the years, Koch has helped other aspiring homebrewers realize their brewing dreams through the brewery’s nationwide homebrew contest, Samuel Adams American Homebrew Contest and locally through the Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest, giving a nod to the Company’s Boston roots.   “I’m looking forward to working with Rob and brewing his recipe in Boston,” said Koch. “Every year since the inception of the Patriot Homebrew Contest, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce thousands of football fans to interesting styles of craft beer, from a Double IPA to an Oatmeal Stout’s and now a Rauchbier.  For years, Patriots fans have been coming to the stadium in hopes of witnessing a great game, and thanks to Rob and the homebrewing community in New England, they also get to enjoy some really great beer.”

The Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest, now in its third year, began in August 2007 encouraging New England football fans to brew their own beers and submit them for judging.  The preliminary judging took place at Gillette Stadium on January 23, where five finalists advanced to the final round.  The final judging was hosted by Jim Koch at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. The judging included the fine beer palates of notable beer tasters Mike Adams of WEEI-AM, Jason and Todd Alstrom of Beer Advocate, Wally Brine of WROR-FM, Gail Ciampa of TheProvidence Journal, Carolyn Faye Fox of The Improper Bostonian, Dan Hausle of WHDH-TV, Norman Miller of the MetroWest Daily News, and David Rosenbaum, winner of the 2008 Patriot Homebrew Contest.