Single Serving Breweries

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  1. cg123

    cg123 Initiate (94) Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    What US breweries still package in "single serving" formats? What I mean is they only package in 500ml, 22oz, or 750 formats. I know internationally it's a bit more common, but 10-12 years ago, there were a lot of US breweries that only sold in that format and it seems now, not so much.

    Only one I can think of is Maine Brewing Company.
     
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  2. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (2,997) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Interesting question. I can't really think of any either, aside from Maine either.
     
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  3. mushroomcloud

    mushroomcloud Poo-Bah (2,916) Mar 4, 2005 Texas
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    Russian River Brewing
     
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  4. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Poo-Bah (1,623) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    I really don’t understand the question. Are you asking which breweries exclusively use those sizes?

    Russian River pretty much only distributes in 500 ML bottles, although recently some 16oz cans have been available on their website for direct to consumer shipping
     
  5. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Initiate (102) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Maybe Horus?? Idk. Besides Russian River i cant think of any
     
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  6. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,306) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado
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    Maine, Russian River, and last I knew Prairie Artisin Ales was mostly just doing single 12 oz bottles.
     
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  7. Beer_Economicus

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  8. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Defender (659) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Drie Fontenein; Cantillon.
     
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  9. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (687) Mar 28, 2009 California

    While the majority of Russian River beers are single format you can buy beers online and at their brewery as 16oz cans 4 pks.

    STS is now sold in 4 pks.

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  10. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (687) Mar 28, 2009 California

    not to be a stickler but I guess I am. The OP asked about “US” breweries.
     
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  11. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Defender (659) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Whoops.
     
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  12. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (8,935) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I just love how OP doesn't consider a Sixth Barrel a "single serving".

    Kids these days.

    My lawn.
     
  13. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,230) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'll guess that breweries that brew almost exclusively barrel-aged wild ales (and maybe farmhouse ales) are also almost exclusively packaging in singles. Jolly Pumpkin comes to mind, and a smaller brewery here in Michigan, Barrel + Beam, also fits the description.
     
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  14. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (13,815) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    Prairie does 4 packs and 6 packs now.
     
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  15. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (13,815) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    The Rare Barrel...I think.
     
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  16. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Defender (659) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Yea, I think what is hard in terms of examples is finding places that do only that style. Side project is a borderline BS answer since Shared is “inside” and does IPAs, lagers, etc., and puts out 16oz cans.
     
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  17. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (687) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Jester King is one that comes to mind. I’ve never seen 4 or 6 packs. But we get very limited distro where I am at.
     
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  18. eagles22

    eagles22 Devotee (435) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    The lost Abbey except for the farmhouse lager and pils
     
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  19. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,220) Oct 11, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    Gigantic. Also Ale Apothecary and some smaller acid beer brewers like Dwinell Country Ales are North Fork are what comes to mind for the PNW.
     
  20. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,636) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    They do 16oz four packs now. It would be tough for any brewer these days to avoid it. Jester King has a lot going on in their operation and would probably find it too risky to only do 750s or related formats. Related to Jester King, Keeping Together probably qualified as an answer to the thread, but they had so much less to their operation than Jester King. They didn’t even have a brewery. Not as much risk.
     
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  21. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (687) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I was thinking the bruery but now they do some 4 pks too now. Just makes sense.
     
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,130) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    The only US brewery that I am aware of is the aforementioned Maine Brewing Company and I personally choose to not purchase those bottled beers due to their high prices. I do occasionally order draft pints of Maine beers.

    I applaud those breweries who (still) package in the six-pack/12 ounce format. Cheers to those breweries!! :beers:
     
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  23. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Defender (659) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Does Cascade do anything smaller than 750s yet?
     
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  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,880) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    They have 12 oz cans and these little skinny cans that are like 9.4 oz or something.
     
  25. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Defender (659) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I’ve never understood the large format. Why? The only thing I can think of is that from a marketing perspective, perhaps people justify the price of a large format bottle better than half that price at half the size bottle. For example, a $40 bomber is easier to justify than a $20…normal 12oz bottle.

    I get that some people like to share, but from the brewery side, it makes no sense to me that you intend for everyone that buys a bottle to either solo the bottle or share. I have to believe that most people that buy alcohol are buying for their own consumption.
     
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  26. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,880) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I always assumed it was about presenting a certain degree of prestige. Fancy bottles like wine. I don't knowthough, I was reared in craft beer by bombers of fairly stiff ipas and stouts so it always seemed normal to me.
     
  27. cg123

    cg123 Initiate (94) Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    I see Jolly Pumpkin 4 pks of 16oz cans all the time now in Ohio. Bam Bier and Calabaza Blanca plus some random seasonals too.
     
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  28. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,230) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    That doesn't surprise me since many breweries are changing distro things up a bit this year or last year, but I haven't noticed them yet.
     
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  29. cg123

    cg123 Initiate (94) Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    Crazy thing is they are priced really good. $12 or $13 for a 4pk. Last time I bought Bam Bier before I saw these, it was the same price but for a 750.
     
  30. moodenba

    moodenba Devotee (485) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    A historical note. I believe Blue Point BP bottled only 22 oz bottles at their brewery on River Avenue. Any of the six packs were certainly brewed and packaged at their contract breweries. Hand bottling takes little initial investment and a small equipment footprint. I think the inclination for bottling larger sizes stemmed from the fact that that option was less labor intensive than bottling 12 ouncers. With the availability of mobile canning and smaller installed bottling and canning lines, the 12 ounce package has proliferated.
     
  31. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,230) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    That price will make me start looking at the JP stuff again. I've always liked most of their beers.
     
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  32. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,358) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Yeah, that's the case with The Farmhouse , a nearby brewery. Prior to COVID , they would only bottle [22oz, mostly] what they were bringing to farmers markets . Stopped doing even that for awhile, until the shutdown hit.
    They've been bottling certain things ,occasionally, this year, and just recently got a 16oz crowler machine.Judging by what got canned , a pils, the main impetus for that was probably to clear tanks for upcoming fall seasonals, without dumping the beer.
    They're building a bigger brewery now, so that may change. (No mention of it - just a question/wish on my part.)
     
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  33. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Zealot (509) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    Hoops Brewing in Duluth, MN is kegs and 750ml crowlers.
     
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  34. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,880) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Good point, I had never considered that as a reason so many brewers used to bottle in that large format
     
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  35. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (174) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Eclipse/50/50 brewing co?
     
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  36. mmmbeerNY

    mmmbeerNY Devotee (456) Mar 5, 2014 New York

    Plan Bee Farm Brewery. Poughkeepsie, NY
    I'm sure there are a few other wild ale / small farm breweries around country only doing bottles, no 4-6 packs. Although hard to imagine them being better than the place I could walk to
     
  37. o29

    o29 Aspirant (287) Sep 29, 2020 Texas
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    I wondered about them too since we only get distribution of their Eclipse Imperial Stouts in my area, but FiftyFifty Brewing has other beers, some of which are canned such as this example from Untappd:

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  38. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Initiate (174) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I came here to bring them up. Their brewery / farm is gorgeous and their Cellar Beer is a ridiculously good rustic pilsner.
     
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  39. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,880) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    The Bruery is another one that has moved a little but still seems to sell a lot of their stuff as 750/375 ml single bottles
     
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  40. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (337) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Is distributed beers a qualification for the question? I bet a number of small breweries still sell beers as singles. I stopped at one in Westfield the other day, Kismet Brewing. $16 oz cans sold by the single.