Beer Sommelier (www.greatbrewers.com/beer-sommelier) is a craft-beer-mapping site from Great Brewers, a consortium of distributors, in which users can pair many types of food with recommended beers. On the site, a vertical row of large picture boxes shows foods such as meats, poultry, fish, pasta, nuts, fruit, cheese, chocolate, etc. Once one of these food boxes is clicked, there appear many types of specific dishes containing the selected food. A third click brings up recommended styles of beer that pair well with the dish. Each beer includes all the stats: flavor characteristics, ABV, glassware, etc. There are about 2,100 beers in the database.
The Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Choice promotion returns this summer with the contenders being Samuel Adams Pils (5.2%) and Samuel Adams Ale (5.8%). The public can vote on a favorite style, which will be added to the 2010 lineup of Samuel Adams beers. Samuel Adams Pils is a traditional Czech pilsner brewed with Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt and a blend of five noble hop varieties from each of the world’s only remaining noble hop growing regions. Samuel Adams Ale is an IPA brewed with a blend of hops from Germany, England and the United States and is dry hopped with Anthamum, Simcoe and East Kent Golding hops.