A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, 100.7 The Bay’s Colleen Carew surprised me with a Christmas gift of a mixed six-pack of beer. As I was looking through the selection, it reminded me of the early days of my craft beer journey when I did this kind of thing on a regular basis.
Putting together a mixed-six gives us the chance to try new beers without committing to a full six-pack of one beer. The rapid, and wonderful, growth of craft beer has meant a seemingly endless variety of choices each time we walk into the liquor store. And with so many beers being brewed, there are some unbelievably good new beers on the shelves and in the coolers. And while the growth in craft brewing has meant more breweries, more beer, and more jobs, it also has meant that there’s good beer and bad beer. A mixed-six lets us try different beers and find those monster home runs… and then rush out and buy a full-six of that beer. It also lets us try something without the frustration of committing money for a six-pack—or four-pack—and realizing you bought a beer that you ultimately dump down the drain.
The mixed-six Colleen gave me included:
- •1605 Red from Antietam Brewing in Hagerstown, an Irish-style Red Ale.
- •Baltimore Pale Ale from Full Tilt Brewing in Baltimore, a classic version of an American Pale Ale
- •Brew Free or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, a true West Coast IPA brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Simcoe and CTZ hops
- •Gose O’s from DuClaw Brewing in Baltimore, a dry, refreshing gose brewed with black lava sea salt and cantaloupe
And, there were two imports: Guinness Draught, a beer I always love and never get tired of and Wittekerke Wild, a crisp Wit beer with a wild ale yeast and aged in oak foeders.
Overall, the mixed-six was a lot of fun and allowed me to have six very different beers… and reminded me of the great opportunity for trying a variety beers after just one visit to the store. So put together your mixed-six for the weekend and create a weekend craft beer adventure!
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy