What I ended up doing was just fine by me anyways. Had some pumpkin pancakes and a 25 oz bottle of Ommegang's Three Philosophers for breakfast (in fairness breakfast was at noon). Spent the day watching movies and drinking on the couch with the wife. Not a bad way to spend a snowy afternoon. Over the course of the day I had five beers, the aforementioned Three Philosophers, Sam Adams' Cranberry Lambic, Old Fezzywig, and Holiday Porter, and a Brooklyn American Ale. (A reader,* sharing my namesake, correctly guessed that I bought a Sam Adams Brewmasters' Collection case. I don't know if it was all the beers I listed that I drank, or the fact that I put up a picture of the case, but either way, excellent deductive reasoning!)
Two things I want to note. First, that's the third 25 oz bottle I have had by myself and only counted as one beer since the year began. So far I have not gone to any tastings or counted anything less than a 12 oz can of beer as one beer. The point being, for those of you who think I will unjustly try to game the system with beerfests/tastings, it appears your concerns are unfounded. But thanks for doubting me. That's appreciated, jerks.
Second, I came to a conclusion about Sam Adams' beers you only find in those seasonal cases: they are not that great. I mean they're fine and all, but they all sort of have that same syrupy taste. Not to say I wouldn't prefer an Old Fezzywig to a Saranac Lager or anything, but I think there's a reason why you can't buy them outside of those cases, like in six packs or individually.** Sam Adams doesn't want you compare them to other holiday ales/porters/lambics, etc. They don't want to you ask the question: Should I buy a six pack of Sam Adams Holiday Porter or a six pack of Anchor Porter, because anyone that has had both, I think, will go with the Anchor Porter ten times out of ten. But if the question is, should I buy a case of Anchor Porter or a case of all of these different beers from Sam Adams, well, that's a tougher question and one someone could go either way on. So, Sam Adams, do you package these beers together because they can't stand on their own? Do you?? My readers demand answers!
Total Beers: 123
Where I Should Be: 112.328
*I have a real one. I'm as shocked as you are, imaginary readers.
**At least I don't think you can, I've never seen them sold in any other context.