No, your eyes don’t deceive you. That title – “On Tap @ the BBC: Samuel Smith” – is accurate.
If you’re thinking, ‘What’s the big deal? Samuel Smith has been around for decades,’ you are correct. Exceptional elixirs from the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, England have been available in bottles across the United States for nearly 40 years.
The operative phrase in our beguiling title is “on tap.”
For the first time in its 259-year history, the iconic British brewery is shipping kegs to the States. And it’s proving big news among the legions of its many aficionados.
According to a story on Good Beer Hunting, Samuel Smith has been fielding inquiries for its kegs in the U.S. for many years. The brewery decided it was finally (emphasis on ‘finally’ is from us, not them) time to deliver because of the “explosion of the U.S. beer scene over the past 20 years.”
The list of State-side pubs and restaurants to secure immediate delivery is short— so short that the full roster is just a single side of a single page.
The really, really big news is that BBC made the cut, and not for just one of our pubs, but for all of them.
While we realize this may not be as cool as making it past the velvet ropes at Studio 54 on a Saturday night (yes, we are that old), we’re still feeling all warm and fuzzy about securing some of the very few first kegs to make it across the pond.
“I see you shiver with antici… SAY IT!… pation.”
Yes, we are that old.
Photos via Samuel Smith website.