You'll recognize Samuel Adams Master Brewer Bob Cannon and his glorious beard from their commercials. Bob was gracious enough to take time out of his busy beer-making/drinking day to share with us some of the stuff he considers to be essential in his lifelong pursuit of making and consuming the finest beer in the world.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager ($6/6-pack). "If I had one beer to take with me on a desert island, I'd take Boston Lager," Bob told us. "Even after brewing some exotic and extreme beers at the Boston Brewery, it's still my go-to. This one's always in my fridge." Paddle Bottle Opener ($7) and Tasting Glass Set ($10). "I need tools like these when I conduct our daily Tasting Panel in the morning, when your palate is at its peak." Carhartt Duck Zip-to-Thigh Bib ($70) and Blundstone 172 Steel-Toed Boot ($160). "Shoveling the wort (sweet, malty liquid extracted during brewing) out of the kettles is a dirty job, so overalls and closed-toed shoes are a must." Boston Lager Pint Glass ($30/4). "To release Boston Lager's hoppy aromas, I always drink it from the Perfect Pint Glass. The Sam Adams brewers worked with sensory scientists to create a glass to bring out all of Boston Lager's best features." Noble Hops. "Hops are the 'spice' of beer, and what gives it its bitterness and aroma. I've joined Jim Koch several times on his annual trip to Bavaria to hand-select the hops for Sam Adams Boston Lager." Wahl Professional Balding Clipper ($42) and Tweezerman Beard & Moustache Scissors ($16). "A truly great beer leaves a little foam behind in your beard. But even the best beer-drinking beards need a little upkeep. I never use an electric trimmer on my beard — hand held scissors only. I do use a nice Wahl clipper for shaving my head though, and would recommend it to all Uncrate readers."