The Best Brew Beer Mary Challenge continues with with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. As Sam Adams' flagship brew, this 4.9% lager isn’t as potent as some of the IPAs I’ve been experimenting with, but it does possess a sharp, bitter flavor. Not a beer I typically drink, I figured I’d put it to the Beer Mary challenge and see how it stood up.
Fun fact: “Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.”
Similar to the IPAs I’ve been using to create Beer Marys, Samuel Adams Boston Lager’s bitterness plays well with the sweet, slightly acidic tomato flavors of V8 and Clamato. I actually prefer drinking Boston Lager this way, as the bitterness is subtly dulled. I added a splash of lemon juice and a few dashes of Tabasco to really create a well-rounded beverage, one that not only tasted good but could be used to dampen a throbbing headache. Toss in a pickle for good measure. The Boston Lager Beer Mary gets a B+ in my book.