Craft Beer Variety Packs
The craft beer variety pack is the world's biggest gamble. You could get introduced to your next favorite IPA. Or, you could get stuck with Old Fezziwig.
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To be upfront, we are still waiting for the 12 individual beer variety pack to roll out. It's good to start off with that thought, since Woodstock's variety pack looked like that would be the case. Instead, it came with the standard 4 varieties per pack. However, it does look like they rotate their variety pack based on season, so that's something to be said.
The beers included were the Lost River Light, Pig's Ear Brown Ale, Red Rack Ale, and Exit 32, so named after the exit number that Loon Mountain, Lincoln, and the town of Woodstock share.
And you know, you could really taste the extra 100% More New Hampshire. Either that or cold beers just taste better after swimming in White Mountain-fed fresh lake water. Ahh, the Lakes Region.
Commercial Examples of Variety Packs
Dogfish Head (The Box That Goes BOOOOM!)
Dogfish gives us the Hazy-O!, Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA, Beer to Drink Music To!, and the SeaQuench Ale.
The latter beer is, "Objectively the most refreshing beer we’ve ever brewed, SeaQuench Ale is a session sour mash-up of a crisp Kölsch, a salty Gose and a tart Berliner Weiss brewed in sequence with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt." according to Dogfish Head. Whereas the Slighty Mighty IPA is an excellent low calorie beer that still retains a pretty solid hop profile.
Harpoon Brewery / UFO Splash Down
Harpoon wants to guide you through summer with a 12 pack of tasty, summer-y beers. If we dive into it a bit, perhaps a bit too summer-y. Let's check out the flavors. There's a pineapple, a raspberry, and a pink lemonade. It's reading a lot like a variety pack of Kool-Aid. That's not to say the beers were bad; they weren't.
But come on, Harpoon. It feels like you're stretching a little too far here.