Earlier this week, we woke up bright and early and we do mean early to watch genial, cheesecake-lollipop-lovin' chef David Burke brew a brand-new beer with Sam Adams, deep in the heart of Boston. When he bounded into the Samuel Adams brewery with his two sons in tow, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Last year, after all, he collaborated with the Sam Adams team to concoct beef-heart beer. ("I would have rather done oxtail, but it could have been too gelatinous," he lamented to us.) He's also contemplating cactus-jalapeo and tomato concoctions. But this one's actually a tamer brew: Burke in a Bottle - BBQ Peach. It'll be a little bit spicy, a little bit floral, and "perfect with Chinese sausage," Burke tells us. Come August, you'll be able to throw back bottles of the stuff exclusively at his restaurants; he thinks it's going to be a particular hit at the rooftop garden of David Burke Kitchen. In any event, take a look at the whole process in our slideshow, straight ahead.
Samuel Adams Headquarters
The brewery is tucked into an improbable little corner of Boston, down a crooked side alley.
The brewery's beer garden is lined with twenty-foot-high hops vines.
A Family Affair
Burke brought along his two trusty assistants, sons Dillon and Connor.
Reviewing the Ingredient List
Burke's new brew includes wheat malt, smoked malt, Hallertau Mittlefreuh hops, grains of paradise, orange peel, cumin, and peach flavoring that will be added after the beer ferments.
Brewer Dean Gianocostas has been with Sam Adams for 26 years. You've probably seen him in commercials.
The two masterminds pause to confab at the kettles.
Cumin will give the beer a deeper, spicy note, offsetting the sweetness of the peaches.
Grains of Paradise
Gianocostas painstakingly measures.
Hallertau Mittlefreuh hops are used in the beer — it's the same type of hops that's used in Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
Burke dusts his tongue with peppery grains of paradise.
Keeping Things Clean
Gianocostas pauses to sanitize his equipment.
The Beginning of It All
In a few weeks, this will be peach beer.
Peering Into the Brew Kettle
Burke, post-peer into the kettle.
Sampling the Wort
It's pronounced wert, FYI.
This is where the magic happens, people.
Dean and David drink to a morning of hard work.
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