Best Variety/Mixed packs you're seeing now

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MrOH, Dec 3, 2022.

  1. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    I know variety packs have been covered in the past, but I figured a living thread of the best ones you're seeing around in real time would be helpful to folks. I'll start:

    Just picked up the Allagash Choose Your Own Adventure 12pk. It's awesome and offers an actual variety: English-style stout, old school East Coast IPA, Belgian Pale Ale, Wit. A real deal for around here at $20.

    Other recents:
    1. Heavy Seas Frozen Seas 12pk. Had a hazy DIPA, spiced Imperial Brown, Oak-aged Imperial Porter, and Winter Storm ESB. It was alright, but was glad to get Winter Storm again after not seeing it for a couple years as it's my favorite beer from them.
    2. Flying Dog Winter 12pk (can't remember the name and they haven't updated the website since the fall). Not my thing, but if you like dessert beers you might. Smoked porter (definitely sweeter than any other porter I've ever had), White Russian blonde stout, Stroopwafel Cinnamon blonde.

    I live in the Maryland suburbs of DC, btw.
     
  2. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Devotee (370) Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania
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    Tröegs Most Wonderful Beer of the Year Sampler
     
  3. BigIronH

    BigIronH Grand Pooh-Bah (3,526) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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  4. champ103

    champ103 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,520) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Real Ale Brewing in Blanco TX does good mixed six packs. My favorite is their so called "bomber pack" They still do three bombers, Black Quad, Real Heavy Scotch Ale, and Commissar RIS.

    Every once in a while they will release a six pack with 2x of each, 12oz of coarse. For around $10. I always pick that up when I see it, as they are all very good examples of the style. I never see the actual bombers for sale anywhere now, and if I did, I can't remember the last time I bought a bomber. So this pack is great.
     
  5. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    The Boulevard 6er of the 3x2... Holiday flavored Impy brown, stout and barleywine. Very good brews, wish each were in a 4pack of their own
     
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  6. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I am drinking through the Allagash pack as well. I paid $22, buy two and it was $20. Love the stout and the IPA, nice to reconnect with white and still up in the air on the river trip, it’s not that it’s bad but still not sure what it’s supposed to truly be.

    I want to grab the Schlafly stout box and also the Clown shoes pack. I’m sure there are others as well.

    Enjoy
     
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  7. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Pooh-Bah (2,039) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
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    As an aside, in Oz mixed sample packs are a new innovation, only appearing on the shelves in the last couple of years, and only from a few breweries. To me, it's a no-brainer for a brewery to put out one of these, but perhaps that's why I don't own a brewery...

    That said, in Australia it's perfectly normal to take a single can out of a six-pack in the fridge at a store, leaving the rest behind. Most bottleshops in fact offer a discount on a mixed six of anywhere between ten and twenty percent of the total cost, so maybe the incentive for a brewery to create the mixed packs just isn't there.

    Cheers!
     
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  8. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Pooh-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    The Stone 12 Days of IPA is waiting for me to make up my mind. Want the 26th Anniversary Triple and Ruination. Less enthusiastic about some of the others like the Green Tea IPA.

    Saw and passed on the Best of Belgium. Stella, Hoegaarden and Leffe doesn't scream 'best' to me.

    Settled on the Sam Adams Cheers 12pk for me and the Harpoon holiday12pk as a gift for a relative (yeah, know I'm cheap).
     
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  9. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Founders used to have a mix case of Porter, Bastard, Pale Ale and Centennial. That was a good pack. I still really like the Yards pack, IPA, Brawler, Pale Ale and Lager. It used to have Love Stout but not seen that in a while. I was also buying the Oskar Blues 15 pack last few months for $13.49. Pils, Dales, Mutant IPA , Lager and a Hazy….the other mix they had was Lager, Dales and Double Dales.

    Does Saranac make a mix anymore?

    Enjoy
     
  10. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Pooh-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Did see a Winter seasonal mix. Remember it had a Winter Lager and a Porter plus two others that I can't think of.
     
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What!?! :astonished:

    I thought you lived in Malta. :wink:

    Cheers!
     
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  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  13. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Savant (1,135) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    That doesnt sound too bad. The Winter Storm ESB is worth it because not many people in the US make a imperial ESB but you can get that in 6 packs also. However, this variety pack here from them is total ass. These IPA's taste like artificial chemicals. I couldnt believe how bad they were. They were literally undrinkable.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Savant (1,135) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Clown Shoes 12 Beers of Christmas. 24.99 isnt cheap but you get such a wide variety of styes that its worth it imo.
     
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  15. defunksta

    defunksta Pooh-Bah (2,608) Jan 18, 2019 Wisconsin
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    Sam Adams and as stated above, Boulevard are the best varieties I've seen. I'd like to see more of these especially around the more festive seasons.
     
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  16. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    $12.49 a six is not horrible. That’s right about what a grocery store make a six is around here and I bet the clown shoes is better beer.

    Enjoy
     
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  17. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Pundit (961) Jan 8, 2015 California

    I don't even look at the Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker variety packs these days as they are all IPA affairs. A local variety pack I would buy if it was made is Anchor Steam with a couple of their Our Special Ales, a Porter, a Liberty Ale, an Old Foghorn and a Steam Beer, just because.
     
  18. zeff80

    zeff80 Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,389) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    I miss the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Mixed 12 packs.
     
  19. JBogan

    JBogan Pooh-Bah (1,725) Jul 15, 2007 California
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    The FW variety packs used to be one of my regular purchases, but like you, when they decided to go all IPA I have no interest in them anymore.

    The Beer Camp variety packs were great. And they lived up to the name, as they had a wide variety of styles and thankfully only a few of them were IPAs.
     
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  20. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    You're the one that bought a fruit IPA mixed pack
     
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  21. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    Knowing both of those statements are true, you could probably get within a half-mile of me.
     
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Or maybe we are talking:

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,896) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Feels like the concept is dying, which is too bad. I like 'em. Most of the ones I see are all IPA's of varying strength levels, potentially with one oddball other style tossed in for posterity. Probably the best one I've bought lately is the Sweetwater pack that includes 420, Almond Milk Stout, High Light, and Broken Coast. Even though they aren't necessarily what they once were, Boston Beer still probably rules the category.
     
  24. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    This caught my eye today at WF while I was in line to pay for some garlic and coffee. This counts as a mix pack I think. Not sure I’m going to buy this but the beers are interesting and priced right for what they are.

    Enjoy

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  25. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    I'd probably pick it up. Those Experimental FW beers are always interesting and well made, even if they aren't my cup of tea.
     
  26. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    These are the 15 Packs I have been drinking of late.

    I’m drinking an Allagash White from a different mix pack.


    Enjoy

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  27. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,898) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    "Strawberry Banana IPA" sounds like absolute ass :nauseated_face:
     
  28. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    Fruit IPA is almost always a mistake. Even the "great" ones aren't that good.
     
  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is it safe to say you aren't a fan of Grapefruit Sculpin IPA?

    Cheers!
     
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  30. papposilenus

    papposilenus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,031) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Was $15.99 at the PriceChopper in Keene, NH.

    But most of them sucked to a greater or lesser extent.
     
  31. AZgman

    AZgman Pundit (892) Dec 22, 2011 Arizona
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    I got the Sam Adams "wicked" mix pack last week. I generally like SA brews but all of these were subpar.
    On a positive note I got a mix pack by Rougue at Costco and all of those were above par!
     
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  32. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    I think that and Aprihop from DFH might be my only exceptions.
     
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  33. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Grand Pooh-Bah (3,394) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    This variety 12pk from Zero Gravity is way excellent. In fact, Madonna DIPA is one of the smoothest brews I've had.
    [​IMG]
     
  34. kp7

    kp7 Pundit (759) Feb 8, 2021 Massachusetts

    Just saw a Samuel Smith variety 6-pack at my local--going to grab one for the holidays next time I'm in. It has what I would consider an all-star lineup: pale ale, nut brown ale, oatmeal stout, taddy porter, imperial stout, and chocolate stout. Pretty much perfect for my tastes. As someone who doesn't like anything more hop-forward than an English-style pale ale, and doesn't like dessert beers, there is always at least one item in variety packs that ends up going into the gift/visitor's section of the fridge. Not so with this one.
     
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Please report back the bottle dates for those beers.

    Cheers!
     
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  36. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,999) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    Used to always pick those up as much for the Imperial pint glass as the beers.
     
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  37. kp7

    kp7 Pundit (759) Feb 8, 2021 Massachusetts

    I can guess without looking: 6-8 months old. I don't have any concerns in this age range for these styles (maybe a little for the pale ale). Would they be better fresher and not having sat in a shipping container? Absolutely. But SS's brewing quality combined with the traditional taste of their ales isn't something that I can find locally.

    In September I had an oatmeal stout and taddy porter that were bottled in January. Both were great.

    That said, 90-95% of my purchases are from New England Brewers, as I like to keep my dollars local and support these brewers in their continued improvement.
     
  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yes, beers brewed with dark malts hold up well with age, and in the near-mid term even improve.

    I brewed a Robust Porter which I bottled 11/2/22. I have tasted one just to check that it carbonated and there were no fermentation byproducts (it was well carbonated and no off flavors from fermentation). Those two cases of Porter are in my cellar and I will start drinking them in February.

    My Oatmeal Stouts were bottled 7/5/22 and are in peak form right now.

    Cheers!
     
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  39. paulish

    paulish Pooh-Bah (2,878) Feb 2, 2014 New York
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  40. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,898) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Tree House usually executes them pretty well, particularly when they use KJ as a base
     
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