Hoppin' Frog Brewery is going where it's never gone before -- 12-ounce bottles.

The award-winning Akron brewery that started out selling only 22-ounce bottles and later ventured into draft is beginning to offer 12-ounce bottles starting today. (Oct. 9) The first beer released in the new packaging is Barrel-Aged D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, which clocks in at 10.5 percent alcohol by volume.

The 12-ounce bottles will be sold as singles -- as opposed to four- or six-packs. A bottle of D.O.R.I.S. will retail for $7.99.

"Some things are just meant to be, and this seems like a fun and natural progression for our brewery," owner and brewmaster Fred Karm said in a news release. "We will release one style at a time as we are able, to give our customers added enjoyment and flexibility."

Hoppin' Frog Director Zachary Bastin couldn't say specifically which beer is next in line for the 12-ounce bottles, but said the brewery's higher alcohol beers are a perfect fit. He also said the brewery, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary and is known worldwide for its big and bold flavors, isn't abandoning the 22-ounce bombers.

"I wouldn't say abandoning," he said. "I would say expanding our package portfolio."

Bombers have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Earlier this year, Beverage Dynamics posed the question: Are Craft Beer Bombers Going Extinct? The website noted that many craft consumers are turning more to 12-ounce four-packs and six-packs.

“Which is very appealing to the consumer, because a 12-oz. bottle is easy to drink by yourself in one sitting,” Zach Gaddis of Staples Corner Liquors in Crofton, Md., told the website. “Where with the large-format bottle you have essentially two beers that you have to yourself. So if you don’t have a significant other that likes beer, or a friend over, you might be wasting some beer.”

The 12-ounce Barrel-aged D.O.R.I.S. will be available at the Hoppin' Frog Tasting Room starting at 5 p.m. today. It also should hit retail markets throughout Ohio later this week through Cavalier Distributing.

"Our first and primary focus is Ohio," Bastin said.