Calling all Sams, Samanthas, Samirs…or any name close to those. The Samuel Adams Beer Company wants to buy you a beer in celebration of it’s namesake. If you have “Sam” in any part of your name, a cold one could be in your future.

In celebration of the 300th birthday of Samuel Adams, which is September 27, Sam will buy a beer for for 300 people who have the same name as the American statesman and founding father, or something close to it. According to the beer company, all “Sams” are eligible to enter their sweepstakes. You can enter HERE!

The company jokingly told boston.com, “last-minute name changes at the courthouse are not encouraged, but hey, we understand.”

Interested? You can enter starting Tuesday September 27, and of course, you have to be at least 21 years old. Winners will be randomly picked in a September 28 drawing and given a $10 Samuel Adams gift card.

 

When you are done entering to win free beer, take a look at these Mass faves!

Highest rated beer in Massachusetts

If you drink beer—any beer—you’ve likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.

The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining. As of 2019, more than 90% of California’s population lived within 10 miles of a craft brewery.

Like all revolutions, this, too, began as a desire for change—as an overthrow of the old and the monopolistic. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors), two of the largest beer companies in the world, comprised roughly 77% of total beer sales in the U.S. In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.

With a taste of the innovations and variety coming out of craft breweries, consumers are demanding a higher quality product, and are willing to pay more for it. Over the last decade, beer prices have increased by 33%.

The increase in the number of microbreweries, taprooms, brewpubs, and craft breweries, the sector has also led to enormous job growth over roughly the same period, with a 55% increase in the number of brewery employees. The industry was hit especially hard by the shutdowns and social distancing restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic. On-premise spending accounted for 50% of the craft beer industry’s total sales in 2019. In 2020, the industry took roughly a $6 billion hit and eliminated more than 22,000 jobs.

Another important byproduct of the explosion of the craft beer industry is the sense of community it has fostered. Supporting small businesses like local breweries and taprooms is a way for people to connect over and about beer, to appreciate the renaissance of the millennia-old tradition of brewing.

If you’ve ever been curious about which beers are most popular in your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in Massachusetts using ratings from BeerAdvocate. 9 of the 10 beers on the list are made by Tree House Brewing Company.

 

  • #10. Headroom (Trillium Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.6 / 5 (790 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.0%
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  • #9. Doubleganger (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.61 / 5 (1,194 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.2%
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  • #8. JJJuliusss! (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.63 / 5 (1,028 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 6.8%
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  • #7. Julius (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.65 / 5 (4,969 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 6.8%
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  • #6. Juice Machine (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.66 / 5 (1,238 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.2%
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  • #5. Very Green (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.66 / 5 (1,583 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.6%
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  • #4. Very GGGreennn (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.69 / 5 (353 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.3%
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  • #3. Very Hazy (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.69 / 5 (1,217 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.6%
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  • #2. King Julius (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.71 / 5 (1,473 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.3%
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  • #1. King JJJuliusss (Tree House Brewing Company)

    – Rating: 4.72 / 5 (813 ratings)
    – Beer type: IPA – New England
    – ABV: 8.4%
    Read more on BeerAdvocate

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