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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mkennedy119, Jan 5, 2013.
ommegang has a nice one - belgian pale ale, abbey ale, three philosophers, and hennepin. great stuff
Not sure how these 2 havent been mentioned.
Smuttynose: Finest Kind, Robust Porter, Old Brown Dog, Shoals Pale ale. I can get it in mass for 12.99 when on sale, cant beat that man. (I hate when the put in star island single over robust porter)
Sam Adams Winter: Fezziwig, Holiday Porter, White Christmas, BL, and Chocolate Bock. And you cant put a price on the nostalgic value of fezzi and holiday porter(love the label).
Under the Radar. Ipswich: Oatmeal Stout, IPA, Pale Ale, Dark Ale. Oatmeal stout is world class. All Real good value, not all that common though.
Founders for sure my fav, ommegang is good, but the new southern tier super pack is really good, 12 oz bottles of unearthy....hell yes.
Great Divide that came with the following:
I dig the Troegs snack pack and buy it quite a bit, especially when hosting beer-loving out of town guests.
Still not sure why Stone doesn't do a mix pack:
I'm not sure you can beat the Victory 12 pack for $15.99
You're right. I forgot that it had been switched with Elliot Ness. It's been a while since I've bought it, but I think it's a switch for the better to be honest.
I also am not a fan of Burning River. Would def prefer Commodore in its place.
Nice! Actually to my knowledge they have never differed w/the 12 pack's selection. I think Ness is underrated, I feel it gets overshadowed by Dortmunder. They are both great but I've had friends who swear the formula has changed in Dort & prefer Ness. I've always enjoyed them both immensely, I think Ness is a bit maltier and smoother w/o the lager's funky bite @ times from Dort, but that's my palate. To this day Dort is the only beer I had so much of coming up that I can guesstimate where the keg is at level wise, i.e. just tapped, near the bottom. What do you think of Conway's Irish Ale?
Wow, it's like seeing a unicorn wish I could find these in the wild. That goes for SN Beer Camp too, the only place I saw that carried it went outta business in 11/12. They sold the Beer Camp whole or as singles, this year's Oatmeal Stout was worthy of being a regular brew.
Heavy Seas does a nice one also.
Same story here, its about 25 bucks in VA. A deal IMO though. I six pack of Unearthly 12oz would be about12 or 13 I would guess. Bombers go for 6.99.
The Tröegs winter pack is pretty solid.
There are tons of them to be had here. See them everywhere. I guess it's Founder's way of saying "sorry you have to put up with all of those arbitrary PLCB rules. Here, have something awesome."
Never seen this one either the addition of Java Head & Troegenator already make this better than their normal variety pack
I find this amazing given that delivery wise I'm closer to Michigan than you & the original poster, see Founder's all over but have yet to see a variety pack anywhere. I can buy cases of particular beers no problem.
I was thinking Lagunitas should sell a mixed 12'er. We should lobby Lagunitas to make one with exactly what you're saying; Pale Ale, Sumpin Sumpin, Maximus and IPA
I always loved theNew Glarus sample pack
The new Odell's pack is pretty decent.
Currently they just released their first one
-Looseleaf Session (Variety exclusive)
Dark Horse Single Hop IPA 12-pack. Best and most unique use of the 12-pack formula. Other breweries should take note. A 12-pack, or even a 6-pack can be something more creative than just a lineup showcase or a seasonal package.
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I notice someone mentioned Ommegang, but all I've seen is 8-packs. In some order, undetermined, Ommegang, Victory and Southern Tier. I could last weeks just on the Victory one alone.
Maybe where you are...and must be a small out of the way town.
I regularly see: Pyramid, Sam Adams, New Belgium, Gordon Biersch, Blue Moon, Shock Top, Redhook, Widmer, Kona, Double Take in chain grocery and sometimes also see (e.g. Whole Foods) Speakeasy, Bridgeport, He'Brew and even more that I'm missing! (Not to mention the SN Beer Camp when it comes out.)
Summer = Oskar Blues and Butternuts
Would love to see the Sam Adams Decon IPA variety pack. I believe it was 6 beers, 2 each and 5 showcased single hop profiles. Still remember how good the Simcoe single was.
I recently saw that at the beer distributor the other day, with those exact beers in the case for around $30. Unfortunately, when I found the best by date, it was for some time in January...
I would have added New Belgium to my list too, but 1) I haven't seen any since my last trip to Colorado and 2) they always have three good ones and throw in some garbage to make you gag. I'll take Victory pack over that any day, even if I may like some of the NBs versions slightly better (by a very slim margin).
When very fresh, I really enjoyed this as well. If Victory swapped out the Golden Monkey, I'd buy their mix pack constantly. I've lobbied to no avail.
I'm yet to find a mix pack that works for me.
I buy Brooklyn's now and again. Made the mistake of buying Saranacs Summer pack a few days ago, which disappointed big time. There is a continuous thread of oddball sweetness in all of their brews
Oh,I buy the Kona variety quite a bit.
The best available in the grocery stores in Oregon is the New Belgium variety pack. The Deschutes variety pack is quite good too. I think I need to try the Bridgeport variety pack... I should check and see if the Sierra Nevada variety pack is available, that sounds good too. Too bad Victory, Great Lakes, and Founders are not available out here.
SN Fall pack.
Unfortunately for me, I'm not a fan of IPAs, pale ales, or pilsners, so most variety packs would be wasted on me. I'm a sour, saison, and stout/porter guy. I'm not holding my breath for anything that would make me super happy.
Every Sierra Nevada Variety 12er, And I agree with the other gentleman, Beer Camp is the best one of those.
Stone has been pretty good with their Variety 12ers lately, I wish they would take out that Cali-Belgium IPA though.
Lately. I put my vote in for the collaboration pack from Devil's Backbone.
Sam Adams has had some great variety packs in the past, especially the old Brewmaster packs. Could be nostalgia kicking in for me, as one of those was shared between my wife and I before we were even really friends.
EDIT: Sierra Nevada has the best though
I have to say buying a variety pack is like buying a stereo as a unit (dates me to the 80s) as opposed to buying separate components for quality sound - if forced I wud go with flying dog who has some nice variety packs. I really would buy (3) 4 packs of heady…
Any love for the Oskar Blues Canundrum variety pack? I thought it was pretty solid (even though no Ten FIDY "accidentally" wound up in mine ).
Dale's Pale Ale
Mama's Little Yella Pils