Sam Adams Longshot
It's a really nice 6 pack this time (I seem to recall them doing this before?). The Bock is really, really well done and I'd happily buy it by the case. Quite nearly perfect, I'd say. The double IPA is also very well done and manages to pack the punch of hops without the overly herbaceous hops-in-a-blender taste that some DIPA's have.
There's also a cranberry wit that's, well, a cranberry wit. To each their own.
I imagine these homebrewers to be something like the Bill Pullman character in Bottle Shock (flawed but entertaining), i.e., obsessed with the world's most perfect product.
Yeah, I think the latest crop of Longshot brews are all pretty good. I enjoyed the "Traditional Bock" and the 2IPA - though I wouldn't place either at the top of its style. The Cranberry Wit is better than I expected it to be.
The first Longshot brews came out in '96 or '97. I remember that they included a Hazelnut-flavored ale (which I really liked, to my surprise [only because hazelnuts make me flashback to a deranged former employer who always drank hazelnut-flavored coffee]), a fantastic, rich schwarzbier, and a nondescript pale ale.