Memorial Day is the one day of the year when America stops to remember its fallen men and women who heroically served in our Armed Forces.
It also marks the unofficial start of summer – a time for cookouts – and friends and family getting together over food and drinks. So you’re gonna need beer…And here are some great new craft beer variety packs that are making buying in bulk cool again!
Firestone Walker Lion’s Share Hoppy 12-Pack
Firestone Walker is one of the breweries out there making craft beer 12-packs that matter. And their latest variety sampler celebrates the Paso Robles, California-based brewery’s savvy hop-instincts in all their variations.
Pairing classics with rarer offerings, Lion’s Share features their award-winning Union Jack (a British meets West Coast IPA), the sessionable 4.5% ABV Easy Jack IPA, the exclusive Propagator C-Hops Pale Ale, and the latest addition from Firestone Walker’s evolving Luponic Distortion Series, a very cool choice on their part that along with C-Hops geeks things up considerably!
Flying Dog Variety Pack
Maryland-based Flying Dog a masters when it comes to putting together clever sampler 12-packs. Last year’s Heat Series Hot Box was awesome and their annual Craft Beer & Cookies holiday package is always a good time.
Flying Dog’s current variety pack (they’re always changing them up) includes The Truth (a killer Imperial IPA), Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Snake Dog IPA and their classic Belgian IPA hybrid, Raging Bitch.
Victory Kick Back Can Pack
Easton PA’s Victory Brewing makes so many great beers that a 15 pack featuring five different beer styles is as smart as it is welcome.
Victory’s Kick Back Can Pack (say that 5 times fast) is a compendium of some of their best brewing directions. In addition to their award-winning pilsner, Prima Pils and their classic Belgian-style Tripel, Golden Monkey, this summer box set also offers the less obvious 9.5% ABV Sour Monkey along with HopDevil IPA and Victory Home Grown a brilliant take on the American lager,
Brooklyn Box Set
Brooklyn Brewery’s variety pack is a Brooklyn primer on beers that’s as strategic as it is adventuresome.
On the traditional side the Brooklyn Box Set features their 5.1% ABV Brooklyn Pilsner and their award-winning Brooklyn Lager – both terrific summertime beers that are as solid as they are sometimes unfairly overlooked.
But they also included the brewery’s Sorachi Ace, their ‘cult-status’ lemon verbena and citrus Farmhouse Saison and their newest version of Brooklyn Defender a heroically hopped 5.9% ABV Golden IPA with strong notes of tropical fruit and a well-muscled hop bitterness.
21St Amendment Variety 15-pack
21st Amendment was a craft beer pioneer in 15 pack configuration (Founder’s also introduced an “All Day IPA”15-pack back in the day but it wasn’t a sampler) and their year-round collection is still one of the best.
Perfect for Memorial Day, 21st Amendment’s Variety Pack includes Hell or High Water, Blah, Blah, Blah IPA, El Sully Mexican Lager, Down to Earth Session IPA and their terrific Brew Free! Or Die IPA.