When exploring new beer and unfamiliar breweries, it can be tricky. What you like from one brewery, you may hate from another.
You could buy a sixer based on positive word of mouth, only to be left with five bottles you don’t want to drink.
A lot of smaller breweries realize this and put out samplers, giving consumers a chance to try a taste of everything they have to offer. Big Rock, Wild Rose, Yukon, Mill St., and many others have great introductory samplers that are worth checking out.
Recently, Granville Island and Creemore Springs brought their brands together, to give drinkers an easy opportunity to potentially find a new favourite, with the Hand Picked 6 Mixed Craft Pack.
“We’re excited to be collaborating with Creemore Springs on Hand Picked 6,” says Doug Devlin, with Granville Island Brewing.
“As two of Canada’s original microbreweries, it was a natural fit for us to work together on a mixed craft pack that introduces craft beer enthusiasts to some new and interesting beers.”
The Hand Picked 6 brings together three unique West-coast tastes with three “traditional-style European lagers” from small-town Ontario, the brewers say.
The Hand Picked 6 features English Bay Pale Ale, Robson Street Hefeweizen and Brockton IPA from GIB and Premium Lager, Pilsner, and Kellerbier from Creemore Springs.
I’m more familiar with Granville Island than Creemore, so this seems like a good chance for me to balance the familiar with the foreign.
It’s available in Alberta through October at various retailers.