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Sam Adams: Now (finally) in a can

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Stormfield, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. Stormfield

    Stormfield Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

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  2. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    What a great idea, LOL.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber Beer Trader

    This isn't the first time Boston Beer Company has canned. I used to buy their canned beer for the UK market when I lived there in the early 90s. It was called "Samuel Adams Boston Beer" in a nitro/widget can; like Guinness or Boddingtons.

    Here's a pic (of the old can) I took the last time I was in their offices:

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  4. Treyliff

    Treyliff Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Woohoo! More camping beer variety!
     
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  5. Stormfield

    Stormfield Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I remember hearing that they used a nitro widget like Guinness uses in their cans. Is that true?
     
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber Beer Trader

    Yes. I just updated my post with a pic I took.
     
  7. Ariz

    Ariz May 2, 2009 Alabama

    This is what I've been telling people about modern cans. Pour it in a glass and you'll never know it was stored in a can. I think most people drinking straight from the can get a nose full of the outside of it affects their perception of the beer inside it.
     
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  8. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Jul 15, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    The same could be said for drinking from a bottle, really. I just think that any good beverage deserves to be poured.
     
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  9. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Old beer can collection in a Taunton basement?
    That's weird. I live in Taunton and would love to see said collection......another fellow BA perhaps?

    And yes, SA in tallboys is great news!
     
  10. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    I asked a Boston Beer Rep once when Sam Adams would do cans? He said they were not going to be taking part in that gimmick. I told him I thought it was funny that a company that once advertised about the tall cardboard sixers they used to protect the beer from light would find canning to be a "gimmick".
     
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  11. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I saw this on Facebook and people repeatedly commented, "No good beer comes from a can!"

    I absolutely love beer ignorance.
     
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  12. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    There's a very simple response to that when anyone makes this statement. The highest rated beer in the world is from a can.
     
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  13. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    The more canned beer the better. Harpoon had a number of canned beers readily available last summer and it was awesome. It makes tailgating (or any kind of drinking outdoors with a cooler) much better
     
  14. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    That's why I like canned beer. Convenience. Also, I don't know. I prefer drinking from a can. Seems easier/better to drink (when compared to a bottle, of course). And now I'm interested in starting a thread... so I will.
     
  15. Stormfield

    Stormfield Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Was it brewed and canned in the US or over in the UK?
     
  17. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Subscriber

    Brewed in the UK by Whitbread. (BBC would also brew Whitbread Ale and Mackeson Stout for the US market at their Cincinnati brewery).
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. h2opunk182

    h2opunk182 Nov 27, 2009 New York

    yup ISO this can!!!!!!
     
  19. BogleHill

    BogleHill Jul 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Shout out for Taunton! - Yup, it's just some dude with a hobby.... umm, obsession!
     
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  20. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    More like "highest rated on beeradvocate". Ratebeer has it at #33 - for good reason.
     
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  21. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I've never looked at their list before. Quite an odd list with Dark Lord at number 6 and Speedway Stout at number 7 for example. Almost looks like it's an old list.
     
  22. Norica

    Norica Feb 2, 2006 Massachusetts

    Wow, talk about some serious marketing BS. Anyone who mocks the BMC's for vortex bottles and smooth flow cans should be automatically directed to that article.
     
  23. pitweasel

    pitweasel Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Why? This article mentions scientifically backed reasoning behind design changes. The Vortex bottle's claim to fame is...well...I'm not sure, actually, as I've never bought one and don't pay attention to commercials.
     
  24. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I'm indifferent on this, but I can see his point. The point of the Vortex bottle though was to drink it faster, same as their "punch top" can for shotgunning. The Sam Adams can is meant to improve taste (like their perfect pint glass) by allowing more aroma to be smelled and direct the beer towards specific parts of the tongue.
     
  25. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Subscriber

    The Vortex bottle, which was designed by bottle mfg. Owens-Illinois (with MillerCoors now having exclusive right to the design), has those grooves in the neck to affect aeration and flow when pouring. Not much different in theory than the ridges in the base section of the new Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.
     
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  26. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    What's wrong with speedway stout?
     
  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Nothing, but I was surprised to see it in the top ten for ALL beers, and to see it ahead of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Bourbon County....etc.
     
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  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Effects aeration/flow when pouring how?
     
  29. Stormfield

    Stormfield Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Really? The Ratebeer list I'm looking at ranks Heady Topper at #11. Is any of that even relevant to this discussion? We can argue the merits of plenty of those rankings. So what? The point is that great beer can come from a can.
     
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  30. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Canned beer > bottled beer. Stays fresher longer, no light, no chance of oxygen. To argue those points shows an ignorance of facts.
     
  31. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I don't necessarily think those beers are any better. But I think lists are silly.
     
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  32. priwen

    priwen Apr 1, 2007 Arkansas

    I think this is a good move for SA. I would love to see their Double Agent IPL offered in cans.
     
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  33. 5thOhio

    5thOhio May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Meh. Doesn't matter to me. I don't take beers along while in the field, so I don't care much about portability, and I'm a simple guy with an unsophisticated palate, so the difference in taste between can & bottle is minimal to me.
     
  34. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Sammy in a can would go nicely in my golf bag.
     
  35. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    If they can Sam Summer they will make some serious money. That being said, Noble Pils in a can would be AWESOME.
     
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I should have specified I was speaking to the beer drinking community in general, rather than my own personal opinion. Dark Lord has been slammed on here, so that was a better fit than Speedway I suppose. Moreover, I only read the forums on beeradvocate, which basically makes all of my statements moot. Maybe the hyped beers (KBS, CBS, BCBCS) aren't as hyped on ratebeer.

    I just found it interesting and curious that Heady Topper is so highly regarded here, and number 33 there. Their site's top beers appear to be more imperial stout heavy with minimal double IPAs in their top 20. Lists can be silly, but they can also be fascinating.
     
  37. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Boom goes the dynamite!
     
  38. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Ratebeer has a lot of more international users while BA is American-centric. I'm sure their list is generated differently too. Lots of variables involved.
     
  39. EddieGold

    EddieGold Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Ahh ok, that makes sense then. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
     
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