The Brew Kettle in Strongsville will join the parade of production breweries offering a 12-pack sampler. Brewer Jack Kephart expects the variety pack to hit stores in the spring.
The brewery doesn't want to start selling a four-pack or six-pack of its high gravity beers such as Jack Hammer, Mac Daddy Scotch Ale and barrel-aged brews so this is a perfect opportunity to bottle those brews, he said. It also will allow stores to pull out those beers and sell them in singles, a popular option catching on, particularly at grocery stores in Northeast Ohio.
"We'll mix in a nice high gravity beer in every variety pack," Kephart said. "We're not reinventing the wheel in variety packs, but it allows us to put bigger beers in bottles."