Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

The brewers of Samuel Adams are proud to be the official beer sponsor of the 118th Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon and Samuel Adams – two great Boston Traditions – share a historic connection. When Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, released his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager to the public, it was on Patriot's Day (the day of the Boston Marathon), in 1985 right here in Boston. The alliance of two of Boston's most recognized and beloved brands will give the City one more reason to be proud of this heralded event.

For several years, Samuel Adams has brewed a commemorative beer for the race – Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew – to toast the runners and spectators.  This limited release beer will only be served on draft at select bars and restaurants along the race course and around Boston.  Following the tragic events that took place on race day last year, Samuel Adams donated all of the profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew to help the victims and their families.  This year, they are continuing that commitment and again will donate all profits from the sale of this commemorative beer to address the ongoing needs of these families. 

Samuel Adams looks forward to toasting all marathon runners who have undertaken this incredible endeavor and the families and friends who have supported their athletes both through training and during the 26.2 mile race. Cheers!

Below L to R: Joann Flaminio (B.A.A. President), Bill Rodgers (4-Time Boston Marathon Champion), and Jim Koch (founder and brewer - Boston Beer Company) pour the first batch of hops at the Samuel Adams Brewery in the 26.2 Boston Brew (2012).

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.