I will always remember Samuel Adams Boston Lager as the first beer I had on my 21st birthday. Up until that time, beer was just yellow fizzy stuff with little to no flavor. Sam Adams changed my mind. So anytime I see a new beer from the Boston Beer Company I’ll grab it and give it a try. They’ve earned a lifetime pass as far as I’m concerned. When I heard about the small batch series of brews from Samuel Adams I was on-board from the get-go.
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.