When does Samuel Adams Fall Pack get released?

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  1. SteelCity75

    SteelCity75 Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut

    I'm talking about the Samuel Adams variety pack for fall, by the way. I'm a bit surprised it isn't out yet considering how early they like to release things. I'm not complaining though. Do you guys know if they have a set time that it starts going into stores, or do they switch it up every year?
  2. GoPickItUpBro

    GoPickItUpBro Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2013

    Taking a random guess here, but I'm going to throw the dart and say it comes out late Summer/early Fall
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  3. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Read somewhere their Octoberfest is coming out in a few weeks plus Pumpkin Ales are already coming out o_O

    My summer's not finished yet dammit!
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  4. vette2006c5r

    vette2006c5r Poo-Bah (2,015) Oct 14, 2009 Minnesota
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    I think the fall pack came out back in February knowing Sam Adams.
  5. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I am surprised I have not seen it yet. I haven't even heard what beers are going to be in the pack. Also, anybody know what the fall pack is for NB?
    Releasing it Aug-Oct is the best time frame IMO.
    If this is a conscious effort to get the seasonals back on track, I applaud them!
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  6. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    The Fall Pack for 2013 was released in December 2012.
  7. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Last year's was a dual release. They released the Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 together as part of a sampler 12-pack.
  8. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Sam Adams Octoberfest here
    Smuttynose Pumpkin already here
  9. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Realistically, probably in about 2-3 weeks. They have yet to announce what beers will be included though. So maybe 4-6 weeks.
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  10. Craigory

    Craigory Disciple (351) Nov 10, 2012 South Carolina

  11. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    The way most seasonals have been coming out lately probably around last Easter
  12. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Decent lineup. I usually pick up the Fall and Winter seasonal packs when they first come out, and the Fall one typically seems to hit my area in Aug., so I expect to see it within the next week or so.
  13. SrMonkey

    SrMonkey Aspirant (236) Mar 19, 2008 Wisconsin
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    It's release schedule is like Ramadan. Eventually it will cycle back around to the appropriate time
  14. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Zealot (599) Dec 11, 2011 New Jersey
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    Last week ... I believe they usually target July 15th for the Octoberfest release. It will vary region to region depending on how well Summer Ale sold and when the distributors run dry on it, so usually anywhere between July 15th-Aug 1st.
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  15. czfreeman

    czfreeman Initiate (0) May 22, 2007 California

    can't I just enjoy July?
  16. LancetherealLeader

    LancetherealLeader Devotee (418) Jul 12, 2013 South Carolina
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    Octoberfest just hit TW in Charleston, SC today. I couldn't resist being one of the first ones to grab a sixer.
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  17. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    I'd imagine 2-3 weeks out. Depends on who the distributor is and how much of the summer mix packs they have left to sell through. Wouldn't be surprised to hear if there are distros sitting on the fall packs and are just waiting until they run through the summer.
  18. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    You are all so clever!
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  19. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Really mad they didn't bring back the Dunkelweizen! That was my favorite beer in that seasonal pack. Oh well...maybe the Ruby Mild is decent.
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  20. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Aren't we?
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  21. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Initiate (156) Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

  22. Budinetz

    Budinetz Defender (639) Dec 29, 2010 Pennsylvania

    It's usually late August but it has been earlier every year...
  23. Budinetz

    Budinetz Defender (639) Dec 29, 2010 Pennsylvania

  24. mcmeador

    mcmeador Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Mississippi

    I'm surprised I haven't seen it yet as well. I found the spring pack at the end of December and the summer pack at the end of March. I've been checking several stores over the past week looking for the fall pack and Octoberfest and have not had any luck yet. Good to hear that they apparently started shipping the Octoberfest early this week.

    So is it just me or does Latitude 48 seem like an odd choice for the fall variety pack? The Dunkelweizen would have been a much better choice. Oh well...at least we get the Harvest Pumpkin again this year.
  25. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    This "Ruby Mild" intrigues me. I may have to extensively taste test that one.

    MMMmmMMmmmMM malts.
  26. SteelCity75

    SteelCity75 Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut

    Just found one in a store yesterday. Maybe they saw my topic and sent them out with overnight shipping.
  27. Caj1

    Caj1 Aspirant (281) Jul 2, 2013 Texas

    I imagine around early-mid August, but judging by some of the posts ITT about seeing their fall beers in stores already, it's anybody's guess when they'll release it in your area. I haven't seen any Sam Adams fall beers in stores yet let alone the twelve pack sampler, but West Virginia and Texas are pretty far apart.
  28. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (582) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    A Fall sampler going out of code in November wrinkles my brain. And I would probably buy one of these if it didn't have the Octoberfest in it (unrealistic expectation, I know).
  29. Craigory

    Craigory Disciple (351) Nov 10, 2012 South Carolina

    Pretty sure Sam Adams' code would have these fall beers best by December or January.
  30. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Whenever the first day of spring is... and then 3 weeks before that. I love me a good Oktoberfest in March!
  31. Mattco

    Mattco Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Illinois

    Picked up one this weekend in southern Illinois.
  32. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Total Wine by me (Southwestern CT) has been selling the fall pack since the week of 7/15.
  33. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I agree that the Latitude 48 is an odd choice for this year. I am assuming that they are doing this to make it more widely known that the formula is different this year and includes Mosaic hops, and to balance out the malty-ness of the pack. I'll take the Latitude 48 I guess and it will be good to have some on hand for when I am in the mood for a low key IPA and for friends and what not, but I would have much rather seen some other choices in there (how about some beers SA never seems to include in their seasonal packs like the Boston Ale, Cream Stout, etc.?).
  34. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Disciple (383) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio
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    It's been out here for a week.
  35. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Disciple (383) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Pretty good, I was pleasantly surprised by it.
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  36. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Latutude 48 is actually a SA brew that I enjoy for the reason you state...low key and good for a gathering of family and friends. Kind of odd for a sampler pack, but maybe they want folks to think of it for watching football with friends in the fall???
  37. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, but IPAs in general just don't scream cool/cold weather to me (but with how popular IPAs have become, they are a year round beer for sure now). With how many way better IPAs there are out there, to me it would have made more sense for SA to focus on the rarer styles and/or the styles that they are better at...and more importantly, those you can directly associate with Fall.

    Now I am curious to see what their Winter lineup will be...good thing we only have to wait until September to find out what that will be. :D
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  38. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (266) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Octoberfest and Harvest Pumpkin are medicore. Looking forward to Hazel Brown and Ruby Mild I guess. I agree Latitude 48 doesnt belong there but then again I never had it.
  39. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I picked up a case today and they are currently chilling in the fridge! :D Odd about the Nov. 2013 best buy date but I am assuming this is because the beer was brewed earlier this year, the Latitude 48 IPA and the freshness hype with IPAs, or the Winter pack will be arriving by then.

    And the guys at the distributor started some funny banter about seasonals arriving so early anymore ha ha
  40. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    For those interested, I sampled some of the new beers in the pack and the Ruby Mild was decent and worth a try for sure, but I ended up really loving the Hazel Brown! Smooth, malty, and just the right amount of hazelnut!

    Octoberfest is delicious as always, and I can't wait to try it in the cans! :D
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