Well alright Stone Brewing (facebook - twitter) fans, 4-packs of three of their "bigger" beers are on the way, including the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, the Ruination DIPA, and the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Ruination have been available before in 6-packs, but the Sublimely Self-Righteous was only available in bombers before. Now it's hard to really be excited about getting 4-packs instead of 6-packs for the first two, since I know damn well that they are really good beers and don't mind getting them six at a time.
Sublimely Self-Righteous though, that's one I'm excited to see in 4-packs! I think the different packaging has a number of pros and cons, but buying in 4 or 6 packs is almost always cheaper per ounce than buying bombers and that's just fine for a beer that I know I really like. For beers that I don't know much about though, I don't usually want to take the plunge and go straight to the packs. If it's a terrible beer, then I have 3 or 5 bottles that I don't want to drink and have to pawn off on friends. And I don't like giving friends bad beer, even the ones that claim to not care.
So... you can bet your hop loving ass I'll be adding some Sublimely Self-Righteous 4-packs to the beer fridge regular rotation when they get here. It's one of the best black IPAs around and there's nothing wrong with a good black IPA.