Vermont Homebrewer Named Winner of Fifth Annual Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest

BOSTON, MA- Samuel Adams brewery announced today that Matthew Welz of Vermont is the winner of the fifth annual Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest. His winning brew, a Robust Smoked Porter, will be poured at Gillette Stadium during the upcoming New England Patriots season.

“I’ve been homebrewing for years and am thrilled to have received such a high honor from Jim Koch and the rest of the judges,” said Welz of Cornwall, Vermont.

Matthew’s beer is a dark mahogany porter, brewed with 5 varieties of malt. The beer’s robust smoky flavor from the smoked malt is balanced by the roasted espresso character of carafe malt, making it an ideal brew for the football season.

“We’ve had a great time brewing Matt’s beer and look forward to sharing it with drinkers at Gillette Stadium this year,” said Jim Koch. “Over the last five years, we’ve had the opportunity to introduce thousands of football fans to some really unique and enjoyable beers and are excited to introduce Welz’s Robust Smoked Porter this season.”

The Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest began in August 2007 and each season encourages New England football fans to brew their own beers and submit them for judging. This season’s preliminary judging took place at Gillette Stadium on January 28th, after which six finalists advanced to the final round. The final judging was hosted by Jim Koch at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. The judging included the fine beer palates of notable beer tasters Mike Adams of WEEI-AM, Brian Bell, Loren Owens, Wally Brine and Lauren Beckham Falcone of WROR-FM, Kerry Byrne of the Boston Herald, Gail Ciampa of the Providence Journal, Norman Miller of MetroWest Daily News, Carolyn Faye Fox of Improper Bostonian, Jen Harmon of Yankee Brew News, and Dan Hausle of WHDH-TV.

Twenty-eight years ago, Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager® in his kitchen. At a time when high-quality, flavorful beer was unavailable in the Boston area, Jim dreamed of bringing fresh, flavorful beer to local beer lovers. That first brew, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, went on to help start the craft beer revolution.

Over the years, Jim has helped other aspiring homebrewers realize their brewing dreams through the Brewery’s nationwide homebrew contest, Samuel Adams American Homebrew Contest and locally through the Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Contest, giving a nod to the Company’s Boston roots. Now, with the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream┬« microloan program open to craft brewers nationwide, Jim is helping those passionate brewers who have taken the next step from homebrew to microbrew by offering loans as well as coaching and mentoring. In addition to funding made available through Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, craft brewers nationwide have the opportunity to apply for the Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship. The Experienceship provides one craft brewer annually with educational or enrichment experiences that positively impact their craft or the success of their brewery.

About The Boston Beer Company:

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager┬«, in recognition of one of our nation’s great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager soon became a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 50 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the ‘extreme beer’ movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker’s perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and in the past five years has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams┬« beer is America’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit