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The Boston Beer Company was founded in 1984 by James Koch and Rhonda Kallman. Thier first brand of beer was named Samuel Adams (often shortened to Sam Adams) after founding Father Samuel Adams.
In 1995 Samuel Adams began offering ciders and in 2012 The Boston Beer Company launched Angry Orchard from the Hard cider company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Some of the Brewery's Range
Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Launched in 1984
Samuel Adams OctoberFest - Launched in 1989
Sam Adams Light - Introduced in 2001
Samuel Adams Utopias - Launched in 2002 at 24% abv, marketed as the strongest commercial beer in the world.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - First brewed in 2014
Hard Cider - Introduced in 2012 under the Angry Orchard brand.
Over the years the brand identity is updated and re-launched with subtle changes, a change of Logo or a new font.
Sometimes this brand update is done by the new owners after a brewery has been sold, other times just to give the brand a fresh new look on the ever growing market.
Below are some notes to help identify some of these changes and an aid to reference the year of the glass.
Samuel Adams Logo