It's not just a commercial: Brewmaster Jim Koch actually does visit Germany's Stanglmaier Farm every year to check on his crop of "noble" hops – the five most esteemed strains of the approximately 100 hop species. All five go into this crisp, slightly bitter German-style pilsner – the most delicious new beer to come out of the now-venerable Boston Beer Company in years. [samueladams.com]
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