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-jalapeño 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.
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.
Burke brought along his two trusty assistants, sons Dillon and Connor.
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.
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.
Gianocostas pauses to sanitize his equipment.
In a few weeks, this will be peach beer.
Burke, post-peer into the kettle.
It’s pronounced wert, FYI.
This is where the magic happens, people.
Dean and David drink to a morning of hard work.