The 12-pack is called Winter Classics, but are these brews truly classics? I set out to decide…here’s the 2009 winter 12-pack line-up and my verdict:
- Boston Lager – The flagship beer of the Boston Beer Company (Boston, MA)…truly a classic
- Winter Lager – When I think of winter, I think of Sam Winter Lager…that’s got to be a classic
- Coastal Wheat – This beer first appeared over the summer and is a disappointing replacement of the Sam Adams Hefeweizen…not a classic
- Cranberry Lambic – One of Beth’s favorite beers and one we’ve enjoyed since the Blizzard of 1996…yes, a classic
- Holiday Porter – One of the best Porters anywhere, smooth and robust…a classic, despite its relative newness (added to the Winter Classics 12-pack in 2004)
- Old Fezziwig Ale – The self-described Christmas cookie of beer, Old Fezziwig is the quintessential holiday beer and…most definitely a classic.
So five out of six beers are classics. The Coastal Wheat is a head-scratcher, an oddball in this mix. Instead, to round out this 12-pack, I’d include the Boston Ale or the Cream Stout. Bottom line: The Sam Winter 12-pack is the best winter mix pack to be found! (I found mine at Harris Teeter in Arlington on November 5.)