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Yesterday, Samuel Adams and Jake Dickson, owner of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, introduced the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut to accompany Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The partnership marks the first time a brewer and a specialty meat purveyor have joined forces to develop an original cut of beef. Samuel Adams Boston Lager’s upfront malt flavor matches the beef’s caramelized flavors, while the beverage’s hoppy finish readies the diner’s palate for the next mouthful.
Cut from the cap to the top sirloin, the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut runs at a 45-degree angle to the rest of the muscle, resulting a tightly grained steak perfect for grilling and slicing. This carving method maximizes the cut’s cooking properties and flavor potential. To achieve the recommended medium-rare to medium temperature and get the most flavor out of the cut, Dickson suggests searing the steak on high heat for four to five minutes per side. For a more well-done cut, consumers can follow the searing with four to five minutes of indirect heat in the oven.
“Twenty-five years ago, people thought the ultimate food-and-beer pairing was a 6-pack and a pizza, but today people think of craft beer more like wine,” noted Jim Koch, founder and brewer at Boston-based Samuel Adams. “[W]e’ve always been committed to elevating people’s perception of food and beer. I think working with specialty food purveyors, like Jake, to isolate very specific types of food pairings, like beef and craft beer, is taking that passion to the next level.”
The company compared the growing awareness of American craft beers to that of American wines three decades back, adding that full-flavored beers like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, often pair better with bold, flavorful meats than wine does.
“Since the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut is tender and flavorful on its own, all it needs is a little salt and pepper to bring out its natural beefiness,” said Dickson. “I recommend searing the cut to reach the sweet spot of tenderness, and of course pairing it with a Samuel Adams Boston Lager to balance the intensity of the meat.”
Available now, the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut can be found at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market and select David Burke restaurants. Additionally, a similar steak can be ordered through specialty butcher shops by requesting a three-quarter-inch cut from the cap to the top sirloin.