Samuel Adams Announces 2011 Longshot Finalists

BOSTON – Four finalists for Samuel Adams’ annual ‘Longshot American Homebrew Competition’ have selected by a panel of judges who reviewed the beers last week.

The four finalists (listed below) will fly to Denver in September for the Great American Beer festival (GABF) where two winners will be announced. The two winners will have their beers commercially produced by Samuel Adams and those beers will make their way to variety packs, nationwide, beginning in March of 2012.

  • Munich Dunkel by Corey Martin of Round Rock, TX
  • Berliner Weisse by Ariel Friedman of Arcata, CA
  • Russian Imperial Stout by Joe Formanek of Bolingbrook, IL
  • Specialty Beer by Phil Moore of Columbia, SC.

John Holl, of was one of the judges on the panel and first reported the news this morning.

The Samuel Adams Longshot competition began in 1995, and the first winning beers were produced in 1996. Last year, three winning brews were selected – Friar Hop Ale by Richard Roper, Honey B’s Lavender Ale by Caitlin DeClercq and Blackened Hops made by Rodney Kibzey.

Jim Prucha, the winner of another homebrew competition held by Samuel Adams – the Patriot Homebrew Contest – will see his beer being poured at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots first pre-season game on August 11th.