Samuel Adams Sam '76
A beer review by a guy who's not a Beer-nerd
Sam Adams '76 - the beer of my people. Samuel Adams is one of, if not the biggest independent craft breweries around. They have built a reputation around their bold Boston Lager and that fancy glass, and brew one of my favorite beers of all time: Sam Summer Ale.
This is my first ever beer review and my first post to FoodTribe, for that matter. Let me preface this review by fully disclosing that I know next to nothing about beer. I can't tell you about the notes and the hops, I can't tell a Porter from a Stout, and I don't drink IPAs. I'm not going to talk about aromas or frothiness and I certainly won't be wafting anything.
Simply put, I enjoy trying different beers and got pretty sick of drinking Bud Light early on. My father drinks Bud Light, I like to experiment. I'm originally from the Boston area, hence the loyalty to Sam Adams, but I now live outside of Raleigh. North Carolina has become a hotbed for craft brewers, so there's a million and seven new beers around here to try. This being my first shot at a beer review, I wanted to ease into things with one that I'm familiar with.
Sam '76 Lager reminds me of a cross between Sam Summer and their seasonal brew for the Springtime: Cold Snap. It isn't as tangy as Summer, but it certainly has a bolder flavor. It is a light enough beer that you can drink a couple of without feeling weighed down. Alcohol content is only 4.7% too, so it's easy to drink and will allow you to enjoy a couple cans to wind down your day. It has a nice, smooth finish that doesn't leave much of an aftertaste in your mouth.
'76 is also one of the first Sams to come in a can. I've also had it at a few pubs and restaurants where they've had it on tap. Sam Adams' website says it's also available in glass bottles, for those who prefer that beer container instead. If you enjoy a beer that's easy to drink and doesn't leave you with that heavy feel, you'll enjoy Sam '76.