Drinks: Samuel Adams' Single Batch collection
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Year-round, you can contentedly raise a glass of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, even if you're not pulling for the New England Patriots. And the Boston Beer Company does have fun with a lot of different styles.
So, look for the brewer's Single Batch collection, a quartet of distinctive, higher-octane productions that is especially good on a wintry day. These brews are sold in 22-ounce bottles. Find where they're available near you at samueladams.com.
If you're partial to porter, consider Samuel Adams Dark Depths, which suggests a Baltic porter by way of India Pale Ale. The brew is very hoppy, but loaded with dark roasted malts for a sharp combo. Try a bottle with roast beef or roast duck. About $6; 7.60 percent alcohol by volume.
A bit more potent: Samuel Adams Cinder Bock, which comes in at 9.46 percent ABV. Malty and smoky, it's a match for bratwurst and Westphalian ham. The brew has a trace of caramel. View it as a union of rauchbier and double bock. About $7 a bottle.
Samuel Adams Tasman Red is 6.75 percent ABV. And the hops are, indeed, Tasmanian. This is a spirited, smooth red IPA, with some earthiness, too. Sample it with richer, spicier seafood dishes. About $5 a bottle.
And hitting 11.50 percent ABV is Samuel Adams Griffin's Bow, a blonde, barleywine-style number that traces its heritage to the Middle Ages and England. There's a hoppy tang, an undercurrent of heat and suggestions of vanilla. All of which makes the brew the right company for a blue cheese such as Shropshire. About $7 a bottle.