While Boston is the hometown of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch’s roots are in Cincinnati. For over 20 years, Sam Adams has been brewing beer in Cincinnati at what was previously known as the Schoenling Brewery, where Jim’s father was an apprentice back in the 1940s. To celebrate the rich brewing history of Cincinnati, we collaborated with our friends at Urban Artifact on a tart New England IPA brewed with Paw Paw fruit called Tricorne.
Urban Artifact brews a lot of fruit forward beers, and we wanted to do something that had a nod to the local community, and with the Paw Paw fruit being native to Ohio it was a perfect fit. And of course, the New England IPA style is a nod to our Boston roots.
This beer is super juicy with bright tropical fruit notes. It’s full bodied, and is extremely flavorful without the harsh bitterness you usually get from an IPA.
Urban Artifact likes to name beers after some sort of artifact, whether it be physical, scientific, or cultural. They dove into the history of the Paw Paw fruit and found that the Paw Paw flower looks like the tricorne hat, which was worn during the Revolutionary War.
The team brewed half of the wort at Urban Artifact, and then the other half at Sam Adams’ Cincinnati brewery and then brought them together for fermentation at Sam Adams. This achieved the desired pH level naturally – brewing half of the wort at Urban Artifact helped with the souring.