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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Uniobrew31, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I have been a beer lover since I was old enough to imbibe. There is a trend toward better beer being widely available which I am glad for. One thing that scares me a bit though is the trend that is accompanying better beer is the four pack. Is there anything we can do as beer advocates to push back against the four pack and keep the brewers honest by selling in packs of six, twelve and twentyfour?
  2. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    What's dishonest about it? The only thing at issue here is whether or not you agree with the price of the beer vs. its relative value. Do you think $12 is a good price for some beers that come in four-packs, or is it too much? There's nothing inherently wrong with selling in four-packs.

    Bets on when Levitation will weigh in on this? Anyone?
  3. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    To hell with going against four packs, let's tackle bombers and 750's first. Four packs are still almost always a much better deal.
    hardy008, Lantern, neophilus and 33 others like this.
  4. PoopChute69

    PoopChute69 Initiate (0) Poland Oct 24, 2012

    What ever happened to the 5 pack?
    ColdOne, vince4953529, DaKur and 3 others like this.
  5. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    6pks and 4pks are cool with me, because most stores around me break them down into single 12oz bottles. So I can always try a beer before deciding if I want more. I say to hell with 22oz bombers and 750ml bottles, but I know they're not going anywhere..
  6. walterfredo

    walterfredo Savant (395) California Nov 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    gotta agree with this. my cellar is chalk full of bombers that I stare at and wish I could open 'half' of one all the time. 4-packs>bombers all day long.
  7. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    Can't wait for Breakfast Stout 6-packs later this year.
  8. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Ruination went from 20.99 a six in NY to 13.99 per 4. Some people I spoke with were happy with this "better deal".

    Both are the same, but this is what Brewers hope for. Morons
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  9. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Screw bottles period.

    I'll take cans in any format: 12/16/20/24oz, singles, 4 packs, 6 packs, 40 packs.
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  10. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    I'm good with 4 packs. But count me as a bomber hater (well, mildly perturbed at least.) I always feel like I have to wait until I have people over to share bombers. A four pack I can break open whenever.
  11. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Not exactly the same. Less out of pocket expense and for some, like myself, a more desirable portion size.
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  12. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (790) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    I agree with the sentiment, but rarely stare too long. I either pull a low ABV bomber or I open the bomber on the weekend.
  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I like bombers, 22oz format in particular. When I am done with them I recycle them into my homebrew pipeline, and 22oz bottles pretty much cut my bottling in half. Is it cost effective? No. Do I have two or three random 12oz bottles I never opened laying around from the last six pack I bought? Yeah. My ultimate goal is to see more 4x12oz offerings instead of bombers for one offs and bigger beers (ie boulevard smokestack series), and move my homebrew to kegs instead.
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  14. same here, there's a bunch of big beers in bombers that I want to try but don"t want to devote a couple hours to. I'd rather share with some buds and have a 12 oz pour or so.
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  15. I thought thats what you called a 6er when someone who came in the store before you stole 1 of the beers? You then proceed to take said 5-pack to the register and convince the clerk to sell you the remaining beers at a discount of the marked 6-pack price. He grovels, but after managerial approval you are well on your way to a 5-pack buzz!
    JxExM, DrDemento456 and PoopChute69 like this.
  16. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (375) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003 Beer Trader

    And at the same price as the 4 packs!!!!!

    From their blog - In 2013, Founders will offer two seasonals: Breakfast Stout (October through February) and All Day IPA (March through September). Both of these beers will be available in six-packs and on draft. We have hop contracts in place that will allow us to brew enough All Day IPA to ship it out to all of our markets for a retail launch on March 1, and we couldn’t be more eager to share this beer with even more people than in 2012, when we had a limited release. And, yes, if you didn’t catch that, we are going to move Breakfast Stout from a four-pack to a six-pack when it is released again in October 2013, and it will maintain the same suggested retail price of $9.99.
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  17. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (560) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    I'm okay with four packs. Especially on beers that are upwards of 9% beer. Why do you need six?
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  18. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    No shit? Huh. How did I miss that? That is pretty sweet news.
  19. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    HA! there is no way Ruination is worth either of those prices.
  20. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Flip side of this is that is they are moving Red's Rye the other direction--from a 6 pack to a 4 pack, same price.
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  21. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    I still don't see why this country refuses to use metric. 10-packs all around!
  22. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    So you would rather pay $18 for a 6 pack of a dipa, ris, etc than $12 for a 4-pack? Seems like the same thing too me.
  23. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    But then they'd be 10 oz. beers, wouldn't they?;)
  24. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Almost had me with that one. I think it would be liters. A ten-pack of liter bottles? I'm in.
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    That does sound pretty American- supersize me as well.
  26. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Haaaa. Oh, man. Then I'd basically never buy a beer stronger than 5% ABV ever again. Oy, vey.
  27. SadMachine

    SadMachine Champion (785) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Personally I prefer Bombers/750s and 4-packs to 6 packs in MOST cases because I prefer to buy a variety of beers rather than a lot of one beer, but perhaps I'm in the minority here?
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  28. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    That's where the mix sixers come into play.
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  29. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Savant (425) Illinois Sep 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    I received a five pack of Hopslam last Friday from a coworker who didn't like it, bummer
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  30. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    I definitely agree with 4 packs.

    I would agree with bombers if they were priced a lot more affordably. If they could be resealed too, that would great. (and i know there are some option in regard to resealing)
    SadMachine likes this.
  31. I still miss Trommer's White Label Beer Family-Paks of 10 bottles. (It's All Malt & Hops, you know.)

  32. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    Not to hijack the thread, but has anyone tried resealing a 22 or 750 with one of those wine pump and rubber corks? I searched forums but did not see anything addressing this.
  33. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (375) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003 Beer Trader

    Can't win them all, I guess. I'm not too worried as I've only had one sixer of Red's Rye ever. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed it, but would rather drink many other IPA's before re-visiting it. I might grab a fresh sixer before they disappear just to say good-bye!
  34. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Mix a six is a viable option. My point is that two equally good beers that cost about the same and are equal in production cost should come in the same size carton. I have turned away from trying certain beers because I feel like the brewer kept two of my beers for themselves! I say destroy the four pack before it destroys us!!!
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  35. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified


    OP this is for you.
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  36. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Family Paks! Yes! Some for the wee ones too!
  37. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Captain Lawrence entered the 12 oz. market with eight different beers so far, all in reasonably priced 6 paks, so the battle against 4 paks, if there is one, isn't lost yet.

    Mixed four pak isn't as poetic as a mix six.
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  38. chimneyjim

    chimneyjim Savant (255) Oregon Jun 23, 2004

    or more commonly in my experience, the grocery checker tells you, "We can only sell 6-packs."
  39. chimneyjim

    chimneyjim Savant (255) Oregon Jun 23, 2004

    This has been discussed often and is an excellent solution. Sometimes the beer is better the next day without excessive carbonation.
  40. Revenant

    Revenant Savant (350) Minnesota Aug 8, 2012

    What about Bomber Cans?
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