BOSTON – A cut of beef co-branded with Samuel Adams Boston Lager was introduced by the brewing company and New York City-based Dickson’s Farmstand Meats on June 29.
The Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut is cut from the cap of the top sirloin and features a tender texture and beefy flavor. The Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut runs at a 45-degree angle to the rest of the muscle, yielding a tightly grained steak ideal for grilling and slicing. This carving method optimizes the cut's cooking properties and flavor potential, enhancing the pairing capabilities, the companies said in a joint statement.
"Twenty five years ago, people thought the ultimate food and beer pairing was a six-pack and a pizza, but today people think of craft beer more like wine,” said Jim Koch, founder of the brewing company. “To isolate very specific types of food pairings, like beef and craft beer, is taking that passion to the next level."
"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 Jake Dickson, owner of the meat company. "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."
The Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cut being sold at Dickson's Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market and will be available at select David Burke restaurants. A similar type of cut can be ordered through specialty butcher shops by requesting a three-quarter inch cut from the cap to the top sirloin. The "fat cap" should be left on to aid in cooking the cut properly. When cut correctly, it will resemble a leaner New York Strip or Shell Steak.
While this cut is specially designed to be paired with Samuel Adams Boston Lager, the craft brew pairs well with any type of beef dish from burgers to steak and everything in between, both partners conclude.