The very first release of Samuel Adams’ Oktoberfest in cans came in August of 2013. That’s probably the best shelf spotting I’ve ever made for my particular interests. I love Samuel Adams’ Oktoberfest and love cans. It’s about time that Sam Adams finally transitioned to canning some of their beers, especially after having some issues with their glass bottles in 2008 that forced a recall and issuing of rebates.
Spotted in August 2013 – the Samuel Adams “Small Batch Collection”. Four bombers in a cardboard box – suggested retail was about $19.99. At $5 a bomber – that’s an economical way to sample some of their special batches. The four beers included are:
- Merry Mischief – Gingerbread Stout
- The Vixen – Chocolate Chili Bock
- Norse Legend – Sahti
- Griffin’s Bow – Oaked Blonde Barleywine
All are intended for immediate consumption or to be aged. I didn’t pick up the set, as none of those styles typically interest me, but if I was offered any of those beers to sample first, I’d go with The Vixen.
All of these pumpkin beers got released in August 2009. A bit too early for pumpkin, but well-loved by those that wanted to get a early start on the season. Out of all of these options seen here, New Holland’s Ichabod was probably the best pumpkin beer.