...I like Samuel Adams Summer Ale. For the most part I haven't cared about Sam Adams all that much. I remember being really excited to get one in a hotel in DC - and it was served to me right about the time Bill Buckner let that grounder go through his legs in 1986. I haven't willingly purchased a Sam Adams product since then.
However, I have now had the opportunity to sample the Summer Ale seasonal offering twice. My conclusion is that it's pretty good - which means to the craft beer aficionado it must really suck, because it doesn't have 10 kg of hops per ounce or whatever the appropriate Dogfish Head unit of measure is. It's smooth and it has a good flavor, and that's all I ask.
Dinner tonight was a group affair sponsored by our host. We ate at Buca di Beppo, which is pretty good eatin' for a chain, and that's saying a lot because I'm not a big fan of Italian in general. I'm sure that there are lots of Italian restaurants here that are more authentic, but Buca di Beppo had two overriding advantages today: 1) it was close to the hotel and 2) I didn't have to pay.