Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Night Suds - Samuel Adams White Lantern Ale

After a week off to reconnect with family and go on a mini road trip, Kosher Beers returns with the Sunday Night Suds review of Samuel Adams White Lantern Ale.

Sometimes I get an urge for a particular kind of beer. If I am home, I can usually get my fix with one of the beers on the shelf in the den. Or if I am in an area that I am familiar with the local beer stores, I can go down and pick up the brew style of my choice. But last week I found myself in unfamiliar territory. We took the family away for a few days and I had not done an advanced scout on the local beer stores. Well, that may not be exactly accurate as I had hit a beer store on my way out to the hotel, but it was very disappointing and the store did not live up to its reviews on BA.

In any event, I had a craving for an ale and I was in the heart of Sam Adams country in Massachusetts. You would think that it would not be difficult to find an IPA or other ale at 10:30 on a week night, but the pickings were slim and I had to settle for what I could find at a Tedeschi's (the only place open at that hour).

Back at home in WH, I pulled a page from the back of the playbook and put a Samuel Adams White Lightning Ale in the 'fridge. This beer labels itself an ale, but it truly is more of a witbier. Having said that, the folks at SA offer the following explanation for the brew:

White ales have a long history of unique ingredients, as Belgian brewers experimented with spices discovered during the spice trade. For our hazy brew we created a refreshing combination of crisp wheat, the tangy sweetness of tangerine & orange peel, and the subtle spiciness of coriander & Grains of Paradise.

The spices meld with this brew to create a summer beer which rivals and perhaps even exceeds the Samuel Adams Summer Ale. If I could pick up a six pack of this beer I definitely would, but it only comes in a sampler box.

This beer would be a great accompaniment to sweet shabbos chicken dishes!

The Samuel Adams White Lantern is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K and has a Star-K certification mark on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -

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