Release Samuel Adams summer variety pack hittin the streets

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Hobby, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. Hobby

    Hobby Initiate (0) May 26, 2012 Michigan

    As I look at the snow on the ground and the flakes flying on this twenty something degree day in March, I've noticed the Sam summer pack is coming.

    This years package consists of -

    Summer Ale
    Boston Lager
    Porch Rocker
    Belgian Session
    Little White Rye
    Blueberry Hill Lager

    Some stores (areas) will be receiving the variety pack as soon as March 9th.
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  2. ErmaGerd

    ErmaGerd Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Iowa
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    I'll be sure to pour them into my boston lager perfect pint glass before enjoying.
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  3. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Summer Ale is my least favorite Seasonal from Sam Adams and this whole pack is not blowing up my skirt like the previous 3 have. I might get one 12 pack just to try that Blueberry Lager.
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  4. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    It's sad that I've come to associate Sam's Summer as an annual March Madness tradition. At the kinds of bars you want to go to watch a bunch of games at once your tap selection tends to be extremely limited, and the best thing is often the Sam seasonal.
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  5. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Pisses me the hell off that Sam Adams releases these seasonals so damn early. Why can't they release this thing in mid-May?

    Additionally, I don't care much for Summer Ale, Porch Rocker has mediocre reviews, I'm over Boston Lager (they should have put in S.A. Light or Boston Ale or something instead), etc.

    The only one I care to try is the Blueberry Lager. I hope that's in standalone packs.
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  6. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Not a Sam's hater at all; I typically buy their seasonal at least once. This is the first one in a long time that I will pass on. I'm ready for the Fall pack already.
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  7. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Initiate (93) Aug 16, 2010 Texas

    Already hit the 80's here in Ft. Worth. 60's-70's most days. Time for summer beer.

    As Winston Wolf said to Jules and Vincent: Move out of the sticks boys.
  8. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Aspirant (238) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    It kind of stinks that this is my least favorite release, but its going to be on the shelves the longest of any of their releases.
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  9. Gamblor14

    Gamblor14 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Good news is, you shouldn't have to wait long.
  10. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (956) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I wonder if the blueberry hill lager is as bad as it sounds.
  11. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,313) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Well that sucks I would much rather drink Samuel Adams Alpine Spring which seems to be the seasonal now.
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  12. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    But you have all of January and February to drink the Spring beer. :slight_smile:
  13. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,313) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Taste pretty good late march. I could drink it till June which to me really is summer
  14. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (714) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    It is almost time for summer beer in California. At least wait for Easter.
  15. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    It snowed yesterday...
  16. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    12 packs of Sam Summer hit the streets of Boston today. It's currently snowing
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  17. iwanatalk2sampson

    iwanatalk2sampson Initiate (191) Jan 23, 2013 Rhode Island
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    I never buy a 12 pack but always taste them, one way or another.
  18. Cuzco

    Cuzco Initiate (79) Mar 22, 2008 New York
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    You must be glad you only have to wait until May for that box!!
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  19. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    Seriously this is crazy went 2 supermarkets within 10 minutes of each other 1 was full of Winter packs and a couple spring. The other had some spring and mostly summer, by june well get the fall pack. Yay fresh pumpkin beer on my birthday!
  20. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (688) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I've given up on breweries releasing their seasonals at the appropriate time. Summer beers in March, Pumpkin beers in August, Christmas beers in Sept./Oct., etc. It never ends.
  21. Kikodamian

    Kikodamian Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2013 Florida

    I went to a restaurant a few weeks ago and they said Sam Adams seasonal was on draft and I asked them what it was and they said it was Alpine Spring. I'm not surprised the summer packs are hitting the shelves. I'm not quite ready for them but whatcha gonna do?
  22. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (714) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Sierra Nevada always gets their release schedule right...
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  23. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (808) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    It was 84 today and will be 80+ everday from here on out. I lived in MA all my life and never understood why seasonals came out so early....well now i understand that some markets can handle an early summer release. You wont hear any seasonal complaints here!
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  24. beerassociate

    beerassociate Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2011 New Jersey

    good more for us
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  25. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    I have about 2 inches of snow on the ground in northern VA today...saw the summer variety pack last Friday.

    I'ts still stout season here!
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  26. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (846) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    I hear Blueberry lager and i vomit in my mouth a little bit. It's Wild Blue's fault.
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  27. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'm sick of SA trying to ram a witbier down the consumers throat.
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  28. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    It's because it's a "girly" beer and a good style for people who don't really like beer. It's also a could simmer style. I see why they're doing it from a business standpoint but how many different witbiers (or almost witbiers) have they released in the last two years?
  29. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    :grimacing: Whaaa??
  30. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    There's one in every single seasonal pack. They've been awful drainpours to unmemorable and mediocre. If they could brew a winner I'd enjoy it, but they would have done in by now. From a business stand point, they lost me on this mix pack because 3 of the beers sound bad, one sounds mediocre, the Belgian session sounds of some interest and then there's BL.
  31. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I rarely buy the mix packs. I'm lucky if half of them are moderately enjoyable. It always seems to me that their mix packs are geared at non craft drinkers.
  32. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I agree. I'll grab one when it comes out just to see if anything jumps out. I'll probably stop doing that soon.
  33. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (489) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I was at a bar the other day where the Harpoon seasonal was still Winter Warmer. I'll take fresh summer beers over old winter beers any day of the week.
  34. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Eww, Winter Warmer... Surprised they didn't swap that out for Celtic for St Patty's Day...
  35. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (489) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Yeah, I definitely made a WTF face when she said that.
  36. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,121) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    I hope I didn't miss another thread about this, but I just picked this pack up and was wondering what people thought of it? I figure it's worth a thread revival. I tried the radler and was none too impressed.
  37. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    I tried a couple of these at a friends house. Started with the Little White Rye since I love rye notes, but I found it drinkable but un pleasing. Next I had the porch rocker, I had to drain pour that guy. One of the worst I've had in a while.
  38. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    I tried it the other day and it is pretty bad.

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  39. BierGartenok

    BierGartenok Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2009 Oklahoma

    Summer mixed and longshot hit OK's a balmy 40 degrees!
  40. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    From what our Sam rep said, they do it because summer and oktoberfest are their best sellers. Spring and winter don't sell very well for the most part so they want to get to summer as fast as possible.

    Also, they ran out of alpine spring early this year so they had to push the summer out or not have any product out. Just like last summer when the summer was gone wayyyyy to early and oktoberfest was out.
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