David Cousino’s big day has arrived.
Cousino was one of three winners in last year’s LongShot American Homebrew Contest and two bottles of his Barnstorm Saison, a 7.8 percent beer made with white wheat, English hops and Belgian yeast, are featured in the variety pack.
As part of the honor, a caricature of Cousino appears on the bottle and six-pack holder.
“In my profession as a pharmacist, everything is hard science,” Cousino, a member of the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers club, said in a prepared statement. “While that serves me well in this hobby, it does not begin to describe the magic of fermentation. I created the best I can by calculating, measuring, and observing. Then the real magic happens. That transition from what I can control to what I cannot is the heart of the allure of this wonderful hobby.”
The Samuel Adams LongShot Pack is available nationwide for a limited time and retails for $9.99 to $10.99. The six-pack also includes Wild Child, an American wild ale, by Duane Wilson of Horseheads, N.Y., and Coffeehead Imperial Stout by Graham Johnson of Marblehead, Mass.
Samuel Adams has sponsored the competition for more than 20 years as a way to encourage homebrewing and, in some cases, help launch professional careers.
To read a story about Cousino's winning recipe that I wrote last year, click here.