A "thank you" to the breweries that are doing 12 packs of cans....

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  1. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    and an encouragement to other breweries to do them as well.

    As the summer months approach I find myself looking for "sessionable" beers that both come in cans and in 12 packs. Cans, and more specifically lots of cans, of craft beer are a nice thing to have around for beach days, bocce ball, cook-outs, yard work, homebrewing outside and a number of other warm weather activities. They are also a good thing to have in coolers with non craft beer people around as they provide an option for someone to try something new in a format they are familiar with (ice cold, straight from the can).

    Unfortunately, there aren't a whole heck of a lot of 12 pack cans available for purchase in my neck of the woods (or at least I don't think they're are a lot of them). I would love to see more. Nevertheless, I know starting up the canning process comes at a price and thus, some breweries are reluctant. Furthermore, I know that there are many craft beer enthusiasts that don't really care about 12 packs of cans (or cans at all). Nevertheless....

    A thank you to the breweries that both canned and put the following beers into 12 packs:
    Long Trail Ale
    Cisco Summer of Lager
    Shipyard Export
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Narragansett Summer
    Harpoon IPA

    A request to the breweries below. May I live to see the day when you offer the following in 12 packs of cans:
    Sam Adams Noble Pils
    Sierra Nevada Summer Fest
    Grey Sail Ale
    Jack's Abby Jabby Brau
    Victory Prima Pils
    Brooklyn Lager (I know it's canned in tallboys, but I'll gladly take 12oz if it comes in 12 packs)
    Shorts Kolsch 45

    How about you BA? Who would you like to thank for both canning and packaging in 12 packs? Who would you like to see follow suit?
  2. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I bought a case of Brooklyn Lager 12oz cans a couple of years ago. Haven't seen them since. Would love to have them back.
  3. xxbillay

    xxbillay Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 New Jersey

    Dales pale is my go to when it comes to this. But as soon as all day ipa cans hit my area, I think ill jump on those
  4. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    A case, as in 24 beers? That'd be magnificent.
  5. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Yup. According to their website they still sell them in 12oz cans.
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  6. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (197) Jan 22, 2012 Louisiana

    Porkslap. That is all
  7. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Aspirant (204) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    I like cans for certain summer activities too and easy drinkers in 12 packs are awesome. A 24 pack of cans would be perfect. Maybe Boston Lager? My grocery store sells cases of bottles for $22.99, I would love a 24 pack of cans in that price range.
  8. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (260) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan

    I'm stoked that Founders is canning their All Day this summer and then most likely moving onto other beers. Also, canned Two Hearted and Oberon from Bell's next year is going to be sweet as hell. Glass bottles are a pain when floating on a tube down the river.
  9. keysburg

    keysburg Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2012 Massachusetts

    BL is going to be in cans this summer:


    I was pretty excited to see Cisco extend the number of brews they put in cans this year. Some Grey Lady and if Sam adds Sam Summer to cans with BL I will be a pretty happy camper.
  10. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,409) Oct 24, 2010 California

    I cannot f'ing wait for canned Two Hearted. Sweet Jesus.
  11. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,409) Oct 24, 2010 California

    You're in luck. I see 12-packs of cans in my local shop all the time. They also can East India Pale Ale and Summer Ale in 12-packs, too (though of the three of those, Summer Ale is easily my pick for summer crushing).
    I don't know if Victory will ever get into canning, but I'd love to see Swing Session Saison in cans, too. Foster's-style oil cans, preferably.

    And I'd like to add Saranac Pale Ale to that list. It's a decent beer, and for $13-14/ 12-pack of cans, it's a good pick for upstate NY summer activities.
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  12. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Aspirant (204) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

  13. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    The following Brooklyn beers are available on Long Island in 12oz can 12packs...
    Brooklyn Lager
    Brooklyn Summer Ale
    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

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  14. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,103) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    Any decent IPA in cans I look forward to. Bottles are bulky and heavier and in my opinion a pain to haul around when camping. I will probably buy more cans than bottles this summer. Good thread!
  15. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    Stoked for Bell's Two Hearted, and All Day IPA.
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  16. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Illinois

    I can't wait to get back to my hometown of Galena, IL this summer and hit the Mississippi River beaches & area golf courses with 12 packs of Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale cans. Thank you Point Brewing!
  17. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Anyone know if the canned version of Founders All Day IPA will be sent to the same areas the rest of their stuff is distributed to? I'd love to get some of that.
  18. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Eh, cans don't make that much difference to me. I don't do a lot of drinking where bottles are prohibited and most that come in 12 packs are beers I wouldn't buy otherwise, or are inferior contract brews. But I'm not against them at the same time - and welcome them if it means getting a fresh batch (in relation to their bottled counterpart) of hoppy beer or a good deal on a 12 pack of a refreshing drinker or to take to a party.
  19. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,694) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Agreed. I love canned beer for a lot of reasons. I can't wait until Bell's releases their beer in cans ... the more options the better.

    I have a question for YOU in particular, and maybe it's a stupid one -- do you find that beer changes flavor when it's "swished around"? I find that a beer that's aggressively poured one time and then smoothly poured the next will have a HUGE change in flavor. If I open a can and drink without "swishing", it doesn't taste as good... and I swear it's not in my head (which is why I like pouring whenever I can).

    Is there science to this?
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  20. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I couldn't tell you. I have never really paid attention to the taste difference between drinking out of a can drinking from a glass after a vigorous pour. I almost always drink from a glass, so when I am drinking from cans it's usually during an activity that is the primary focus of my attention. As such, memories of those beers drank straight from the can are minimal.
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  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,310) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  22. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,409) Oct 24, 2010 California

    I would say there is a difference. But I swish around my cans, too, because I'm usually intent on getting the dregs and sediment in my pour / mouth, too.
  23. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Disciple (384) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Yes, please.
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  24. beastmammoth

    beastmammoth Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 New York

    Yeah, upstate they are 16 for a 12! Love that deal
  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Poo-Bah (1,507) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I came.
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  26. atomic

    atomic Aspirant (234) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois

    I loved O'fallon's Wheach. Such an easy going beer for summer.
    I wish the 12pks weren't so damn expensive though.
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  27. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (526) Jul 13, 2011 Florida

    Last year I bought a 12 pack of Harpoon Summer in cans, which was pretty good for taking to the beach.

    SN Summerfest is a great idea for 12 pack cans.

    Two Hearted in cans would be awesome.

    Also, I would like to see Cigar City do a 12 pack of cans of any of their beers. Jai Alai would be #1 choice, but FL Cracker White would be a fantastic as a 12 pack also.
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  28. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I had a chance to try CCB's Hotter than Helles recently and it was awesome. Would love to see that in 12 packs of cans.
  29. Revenant

    Revenant Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Indeed will be canning their Shenanigans Summer Ale in 12 pack format this year. Cannot wait. Also excited for Two Hearted in a can. And how cool is that Brooklyn Summer Ale can?
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  30. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,126) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    This is a little bit of a tangent, but . . .

    We have a relatively new brewery here in L.A. called Golden Road, started by the Tony's Darts Away guys. The brewpub is fun, and the beer is okay--they have a nice little sessionable IPA called "Point the Way" that's one of my easy local go-to's. They used to can it in four-packs of 16oz. cans, which was pretty great.

    About two months, with a new brewmaster on board, they changed the recipe for Point The Way--a more balanced profile, and a bump in ABV from 5.2% to 5.9%. At the same time, they changed the packaging to 12 packs of 12oz. cans. So far, so good.

    The problem is, there's still a shit-ton of the older recipe in four packs on store shelves everywhere. To my mind, Golden Road should be recalling the four-packs of the old recipe--not only for freshness sake, but for the brand's sake (I'm a marketing guy, BTW). First world problem, I know, but am I the only one who thinks keeping the old recipe out on shelves is kind of greedy/icky? They only distribute in SoCal, so it wouldn't be that hard to recall.

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  31. LCB_Hostage

    LCB_Hostage Initiate (156) Jan 30, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Why the emphasis on 12 packs? Doesn't the beer taste just as good if it's sold in 6-packs? What's that you say ... 12 is better than 6? That's why god gave us two hands.:wink:

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    I'd love to see some Alpha King or, for a more sessionable option, Pride and Joy and Jinx Proof. I think Three Floyds would make some badass looking cans, too.
  33. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,429) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Providence - I thought Gray Sail did sell Flagship and Flying Jenny in 12 oz. cans? Leaning Chimney seasonally in 16 ounce? Don't recall if it is 12-packs or sixers, though.

    Have you tried anything from FoolProof in Pawtucket yet? I saw it 12 oz. cans at Bottles in East Providence a few weeks ago - somebody was buying a wagonload of it in 12 packs (apparently guy wasn't fussy - just buying Foolproof) and there weren't any singles available. Cleaned 'em out, he did, so I haven't tried any yet myself, Come to think of it, I haven't been beer shopping since then....hmmm...

    I know it was a "what would you like to see in..." question - clearly - just wondering if this local would fit the bill. I do the same thing and the recent go to has been good old 'gansett. But Jack's Abby - Hoponious or Jabby in a can??? I be doing the Homer Simpson sounds all over that idea! Actually - I wouldn't mind a cooler full of Ginger and Juice in aluminum if they still made ( or resume making) that brew.
  34. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,310) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Is this available in 12 packs!?!

  35. BrettHead

    BrettHead Zealot (504) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    In my market really the only places that carry 12's are grocery stores, and I don't buy beer at grocery stores.

    Yes, if you see the bottles, you will see the cans
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  36. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I don't know if they come in 12 packs specifically but Sly Fox just started canning their Helles with the new 360 lids that look like pudding cans. This is now my official beer of Summer 2013.
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  37. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (526) Jul 13, 2011 Florida

    Yes, it tastes just as good in 6 packs. If you're drinking them at home, it's not an issue. However, if you are going outside like camping, to the beach, etc, a 12 pack of cans takes up much less space than two 6-packs. Also, the main reason I'd like to see it is that usually you save $1 or $2 on a 12 pack as opposed to buying two 6'ers.
  38. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Aspirant (223) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    12-packs are usually cheaper per can than 6-packs are. Maybe that's why...
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  39. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (695) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey

    And cases are usually discounted even more, so why not just buy a whole case if it's not available in 12 packs and you love the beer?
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  40. Providence

    Providence Crusader (734) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    That's exactly why. I am going to be buying large quantities of it anyway, so why not save a few bucks with the 12 pack.
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