It’s time to embrace the fact that pickle is the flavor of 2018, and now there’s a new beer to add to the line of everything pickle: a sour beer called Sam-Sam the Pickle Man. It’s made by Massachusetts brewery Down the Road Beer Co., and sounds like a fever dream of someone who loves both Boilermakers and Picklebacks.
The beer is brewed with brine from a jar of spicy Grillo’s Pickles from Boston. The beer base is an American kettle sour, which is a light and slightly tart style. According to Gary Dzen from the Boston Globe, it smells like pickles and cucumbers at the same time, and is tart with the taste of lemons, cucumbers and berries. Down the Road founder Donovan Bailey compared the taste to being sort of like a Gin Rickey with Hendricks.