Sam Adams Winter Favorites 2013

Part 1 of my parade of winter 12-packs…

Sam Adams Winter Favorites 2013

As we’re being hit with our first snow and ice storm of the year, I’m embracing the winter beer drinking season with the 2013 Sam Adams Winter Favorites 12-pack. 2013 brought a new line-up to this winter seasonal mix-pack:

  • Boston Lager
  • Winter Lager
  • Old Fezziwig Ale
  • White Christmas
  • Juniper IPA
  • Cherry Chocolate Bock

New in 2013: Juniper IPA and Cherry Chocolate Bock
Out for 2013: Holiday Porter and Chocolate Bock

In a subtle change from the 2012 line-up, Cherry Chocolate Bock (5.8%) replaces Chocolate Bock. According to the Sam website, “For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note.  Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter.” I love the addition of cherries to the already amazing Chocolate Bock!

In a major change from the 2012 line-up, Juniper IPA replaces Holiday Porter. I applaud the addition of a delicious hoppy IPA to this mix-pack, but I wish it wasn’t at the expense of the Holiday Porter, which may be my favorite Porter. Holiday Porter has long been a mainstay of the winter 12-pack and I’ll miss drinking it over the holidays. My advice to the Boston Beer Company? Remove the Boston Lager from the winter 12-pack and bring back Holiday Porter. I can get Boston Lager any time I want it, so I’d rather have a unique beer brewed specifically for the winter season – like Holiday Porter!

Juniper IPA is an outstanding addition to the Sam Adams line-up. Says Sam: “For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season.  This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character.  Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays.

Over the years, the Sam Adams winter mix-pack has consistently been my favorite 12-pack of the season, and I have a feeling 2013 will be no different!

2 responses to “Sam Adams Winter Favorites 2013

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