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12-Pack samplers, a beer trend starting to catch on

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12 packs of craft beer are finally popping up in many convenience stores and supermarkets. That saves time having to run too many times to pick up six packs. I usually enjoy about four beers, so with a 12 pack I have a three-day supply, but with a six-pack I’m only covered for a day and a half, so I might as well drink all six. Now the breweries are getting even smarter, making 12 packs with different brews. It seems Sam Adams was the first to start this trend; they package different IPAs together and different seasonal brews together. This also helps you pick your favorite of the bunch and maybe pick up a six of that one. Recently I found a Sam Adams six pack of different IPAs two of each: Whitewater IPA, Latitude 48 IPA and Double agent IPA. Magic Hat Brewery also sells seasonal sampler 12 packs. Recently I found a sampler from one of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada!
First up to try was the Nonner IPA, a lower in alcohol session beer with full hop flavors. Snow Wit White IPA, cleverly named because it is brewed with seven different types of dwarf hops, a smooth hazy white beer with a bitter twist on the finish. Torpedo IPA, Sierra Nevada’s super hopped up IPA, a personal favorite. Lastly is the Blindfold Black IPA. Dark as midnight and loads of roasted malt and a clean hoppy bitter finish, this could become a new favorite. I hope the trend of mixed 12-packs catches on with every brewery.

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