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Sam Adams: Now (finally) in a can

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Stormfield, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. Stormfield

    Stormfield Member

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    Massachusetts
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  2. geocool

    geocool Member

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    Massachusetts
    What a great idea, LOL.
  3. Todd

    Todd BA Founder Staff Member

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    Colorado
    This isn't the first time Boston Beer Company has canned. I used to buy their canned beer for the UK market when I lived there in the early 90s. It was called "Samuel Adams Boston Beer" in a nitro/widget can; like Guinness or Boddingtons.

    Here's a pic (of the old can) I took the last time I was in their offices:

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  4. Treyliff

    Treyliff Member

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    West Virginia
    Woohoo! More camping beer variety!
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  5. Stormfield

    Stormfield Member

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    Massachusetts
    I remember hearing that they used a nitro widget like Guinness uses in their cans. Is that true?
  6. Todd

    Todd BA Founder Staff Member

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    Colorado
    Yes. I just updated my post with a pic I took.
  7. Ariz

    Ariz Member

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    Alabama
    This is what I've been telling people about modern cans. Pour it in a glass and you'll never know it was stored in a can. I think most people drinking straight from the can get a nose full of the outside of it affects their perception of the beer inside it.
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  8. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Member

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    Florida
    The same could be said for drinking from a bottle, really. I just think that any good beverage deserves to be poured.
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  9. fearfactory

    fearfactory Member

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    Old beer can collection in a Taunton basement?
    That's weird. I live in Taunton and would love to see said collection......another fellow BA perhaps?

    And yes, SA in tallboys is great news!
  10. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

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    I asked a Boston Beer Rep once when Sam Adams would do cans? He said they were not going to be taking part in that gimmick. I told him I thought it was funny that a company that once advertised about the tall cardboard sixers they used to protect the beer from light would find canning to be a "gimmick".
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  11. Alextricity

    Alextricity Member

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    I saw this on Facebook and people repeatedly commented, "No good beer comes from a can!"

    I absolutely love beer ignorance.
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  12. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Massachusetts
    There's a very simple response to that when anyone makes this statement. The highest rated beer in the world is from a can.
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  13. willbm3

    willbm3 Member

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    The more canned beer the better. Harpoon had a number of canned beers readily available last summer and it was awesome. It makes tailgating (or any kind of drinking outdoors with a cooler) much better
  14. Alextricity

    Alextricity Member

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    That's why I like canned beer. Convenience. Also, I don't know. I prefer drinking from a can. Seems easier/better to drink (when compared to a bottle, of course). And now I'm interested in starting a thread... so I will.
  15. Stormfield

    Stormfield Member

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  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Member

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    Was it brewed and canned in the US or over in the UK?
  17. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

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    New Jersey
    Brewed in the UK by Whitbread. (BBC would also brew Whitbread Ale and Mackeson Stout for the US market at their Cincinnati brewery).
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  18. h2opunk182

    h2opunk182 Member

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    New York
    yup ISO this can!!!!!!
  19. BogleHill

    BogleHill Member

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    Massachusetts
    Shout out for Taunton! - Yup, it's just some dude with a hobby.... umm, obsession!
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  20. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Member

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    More like "highest rated on beeradvocate". Ratebeer has it at #33 - for good reason.
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  21. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    I've never looked at their list before. Quite an odd list with Dark Lord at number 6 and Speedway Stout at number 7 for example. Almost looks like it's an old list.
  22. Norica

    Norica Member

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    Massachusetts
    Wow, talk about some serious marketing BS. Anyone who mocks the BMC's for vortex bottles and smooth flow cans should be automatically directed to that article.
  23. pitweasel

    pitweasel Member

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    New York
    Why? This article mentions scientifically backed reasoning behind design changes. The Vortex bottle's claim to fame is...well...I'm not sure, actually, as I've never bought one and don't pay attention to commercials.
  24. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    I'm indifferent on this, but I can see his point. The point of the Vortex bottle though was to drink it faster, same as their "punch top" can for shotgunning. The Sam Adams can is meant to improve taste (like their perfect pint glass) by allowing more aroma to be smelled and direct the beer towards specific parts of the tongue.
  25. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

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    New Jersey
    The Vortex bottle, which was designed by bottle mfg. Owens-Illinois (with MillerCoors now having exclusive right to the design), has those grooves in the neck to affect aeration and flow when pouring. Not much different in theory than the ridges in the base section of the new Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.
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  26. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Member

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    What's wrong with speedway stout?
  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Nothing, but I was surprised to see it in the top ten for ALL beers, and to see it ahead of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Bourbon County....etc.
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  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Effects aeration/flow when pouring how?
  29. Stormfield

    Stormfield Member

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    Really? The Ratebeer list I'm looking at ranks Heady Topper at #11. Is any of that even relevant to this discussion? We can argue the merits of plenty of those rankings. So what? The point is that great beer can come from a can.
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  30. evilc

    evilc Member

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    California
    Canned beer > bottled beer. Stays fresher longer, no light, no chance of oxygen. To argue those points shows an ignorance of facts.
  31. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Member

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    Massachusetts
    I don't necessarily think those beers are any better. But I think lists are silly.
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  32. priwen

    priwen Member

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    Arkansas
    I think this is a good move for SA. I would love to see their Double Agent IPL offered in cans.
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  33. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Member

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    South Carolina
    Meh. Doesn't matter to me. I don't take beers along while in the field, so I don't care much about portability, and I'm a simple guy with an unsophisticated palate, so the difference in taste between can & bottle is minimal to me.
  34. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Member

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    Michigan
    Sammy in a can would go nicely in my golf bag.
  35. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Massachusetts
    If they can Sam Summer they will make some serious money. That being said, Noble Pils in a can would be AWESOME.
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Massachusetts
    I should have specified I was speaking to the beer drinking community in general, rather than my own personal opinion. Dark Lord has been slammed on here, so that was a better fit than Speedway I suppose. Moreover, I only read the forums on beeradvocate, which basically makes all of my statements moot. Maybe the hyped beers (KBS, CBS, BCBCS) aren't as hyped on ratebeer.

    I just found it interesting and curious that Heady Topper is so highly regarded here, and number 33 there. Their site's top beers appear to be more imperial stout heavy with minimal double IPAs in their top 20. Lists can be silly, but they can also be fascinating.
  37. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Member

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    Illinois
    Boom goes the dynamite!
  38. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Member

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    Massachusetts
    Ratebeer has a lot of more international users while BA is American-centric. I'm sure their list is generated differently too. Lots of variables involved.
  39. EddieGold

    EddieGold Member

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    North Carolina
  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

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    Massachusetts
    Ahh ok, that makes sense then. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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