Best variety pack?

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  1. CPV

    CPV Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    - Terrapin IPA Survivor pack cans
    - Ballast Point Sculpin (Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin)
    - SN Beer Camp
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  2. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Great Lakes, Deschutes, Troegs, Anchor, and SN. Great Lakes is my personal favorite out of those, but only by a hair.
  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Otter Creek

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  4. TLWalsh

    TLWalsh Zealot (609) Jul 22, 2015 New York

    I've personally tried at least a dozen different brewery's variety packs, mainly to get just that, a variety of their offerings. And for the proverbial bang for the buck nobody beats Sierra Nevada, nobody!
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  5. CanadaBoy

    CanadaBoy Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2015 California

    Definitely have got to go with anything Sam Adams, especially the 2x6beers ones. I'm partial to the Winter one, and even better if there isn't an IPA in it (to each their own). However, worst case there is one, it tends to be such a good deal at 10 bottles of 5 unique, tasty beers for the price (plus two easy "hey bud, how about an IPA?" hand offs to a friend) that there is rarely an SA mixer I don't pick up a couple of.
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  6. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

    Devils backbone adventure pack. The one with all the collaborations.
  7. tigg924

    tigg924 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,890) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Rarely buy variety packs these days. The only two I ever purchase are Sam Adams and Abita. I know that I will enjoy every beer offered in these packs.
  8. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Maven (1,348) Nov 5, 2008 Maryland

    I've had the stout and IPL so far, both quite good. found out why they call it the Adventure Pack as I got 4 of the stouts (yay!) but none of the cream ales (boo!).
  9. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Pooh-Bah (2,978) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    I enjoy Sierra Nevada's Fall Pack and Samuel Adams Winter Classics.
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  10. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Maven (1,347) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I enjoy the beer camp series each year and look forward to it quite a bit, but I will say that the last few offerings have been sort of "blah" to me- nothing in there that really stood out. Nothing bad either, just mediocre stuff. Im a big Sierra Nevada fan and I'll keep buying these beers, but hope they really knock it out of the park the next few collabs.
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  11. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Maven (1,347) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Great Divide's "Big Show" series have been great. last time I had one of these they had three espresso yetis, and three other strong, awesome beers including their trippel, Orabelle.
  12. smokinop

    smokinop Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Georgia

    Sweetwater variety packs are common at my local Publix so I often pick those up. They have 420, IPA, & some of their "Catch and Release" beers so if it's something I haven't tried, it's a good way to sample a new beer or two.
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  13. Brewday

    Brewday Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2015 New York

    I tried three variety packs:

    Red Hook Foursome-Didn't care for it.
    SA Cabin-Really good.
    SN 4-Way-Excellent
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  14. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    picked up the Samuel Adams Adventures in Lager variety pack last week and i'm a huge fan, each beer is pretty unique and tasty and its a great value.
  15. hophugger

    hophugger Grand Pooh-Bah (3,268) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia

    One of the better ones I have had in awhile was the adventure pack from Devil's Backbone..Wow, what a great selection of beers !!
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  16. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Pooh-Bah (2,132) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Yards - ales of the revolution
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  17. HopBobby

    HopBobby Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2016 Texas

    I enjoy Karbach's Brewer's Tour.....I usually find it on sale. I just wish they would have Hop Delusion in it.
  18. Zac85

    Zac85 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2014 California

    Corona classicas
  19. lic217

    lic217 Pooh-Bah (1,994) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Two Roads has a nice one...
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  20. SkipZ

    SkipZ Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I saw Unibroue has one that I might buy if I see it somewhere. It has Trois Pistoles, Blanche de Chambly, Ephemere, Don de Dieu, La Fin du Monde in a 12 pack.
  21. MaltheadWeirdo

    MaltheadWeirdo Aspirant (264) Nov 18, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Lately everybody around me has been getting the Unibroue "Somellier Selection" 6-packs that have (I think) Trois Pistoles, La Fin du Monde, Don de Dieu, Maudite, Blonde de Chambly, and La Resolution.

    Weyerbacher has a "Big Beers" variety pack that includes Double Simcoe IPA, Tiny Belgian Imperial Stout, Blithering Idiot Barleywine, and Merry Monks Tripel. I haven't had the DIPA, but the rest of them are very nice. (The barleywine is not for hop-heads however, it's all malt, tasting like Old Chub with alcohol forward.)
  22. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    Ooh, aah . . .
  23. cbcrunch

    cbcrunch Grand Pooh-Bah (4,477) Jan 21, 2012 Wyoming
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    Sierra Nevada's 4-way IPA is perfect for me.
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  24. Irishace9

    Irishace9 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2012 Illinois

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  25. CayseyW

    CayseyW Savant (1,200) Mar 7, 2013 Connecticut

    I love the idea of a variety pack, but don't really care for the actually variety in almost all of them. So this is one is far and away the best IMO.
  26. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Ill 4th or 5th the SN mixed packs. I really enjoyed the Summer mixed pack (Nooner, kolsch, kellerweis and pale ale) last year and I'll be getting another one or four this summer.
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  27. Hrodebert

    Hrodebert Pundit (978) Sep 2, 2013 Michigan

    Sommelier Selection from Unibroue.
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  28. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    I recently saw a six pack Unibroue, each beer different. Was tempted but it was also 16 dollars :/
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  29. Vason

    Vason Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2008 Ohio

    Brouwerij von Steenberge sampler 6. Runs ~$20, 6 different beers, with two of them always being Gulden Draak and Piraat.
  30. HopliteMpls612

    HopliteMpls612 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2015 Minnesota

    I have seen the Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA variety pack and I think "I should pick one of those up", but I never do!! I mean what the hell is my problem? Going to totally make this a priority!! Thanks for the wake up call everyone!!
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  31. HopliteMpls612

    HopliteMpls612 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2015 Minnesota

    I just had one of these, it was totally worth the $$, loved every beer in the pack. I think I am going to pick up another on payday! It is a chunk of change for six beers. Cheers!!
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  32. HopliteMpls612

    HopliteMpls612 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2015 Minnesota

    I forgot to mention, I love Rick and Morty, great avatar!!
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  33. jbertsch

    jbertsch Pooh-Bah (2,698) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I've never seen it contain Ten Fidy. The Canundrum pack if usually just DPA, Pils, Old Chubb. Is there another type of variety pack they do that contains Ten Fidy?

    That said, even with just those 3 beers, it's arguably my favorite variety pack. Normally, I like the ones that give me 4 different beers, but those 3 are stellar so I dig.
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  34. matcris

    matcris Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    The pack I just saw had OC, DPA, Pils & Pinner.
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  35. jbertsch

    jbertsch Pooh-Bah (2,698) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    My one hang-up with variety packs is that it’s often difficult to gauge the freshness of the hop-forward beers included in it.

    What’s everyone’s experience with the freshness of the hop-forward beers included in the variety packs you buy? Do you typically find them to be just as fresh as that beers’ own sixpack would be, old, or simply fair/adequate freshness still worth spending money?
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  36. matcris

    matcris Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    I've never had a problem with SN packs (4 way IPA, Tropical, Torpedo), I recently bought a Summit Saga IPA 12 pack, no date on the box, just the bottles, but they're relatively close by to where I live. The bottles were set to expire in about 2 weeks, so lesson learned. Oskar Blues, Sam Adams, and Boulevard are the only other variety packs around here, and while Sam's stuff has always been fresh, I rarely buy the last three brands.
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  37. Homers_Beer_Odyssey

    Homers_Beer_Odyssey Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2014 New York

    I wish Sixpoint would bring back the Boombox!
  38. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    The make your own at my Local beer shop's
  39. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    I think this is what I'll start doing. just making custom six or 12 packs with seasonal beers so they are more or less guaranteed to be fresh.
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  40. EMH73

    EMH73 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,609) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    My son picked it up for me. I never saw the packaging, he unpacked it and put the cans in the fridge. I was just looking and their current pack is Old Chub, Pinner, DPA and Pils.
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