The search for good, cheap beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by shawnohall, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    As budgets are stretched to the limit during the holiday season, I was there really a good, cheap, readily available macro beer, like an adjunct lager, out there? Money is tight, but I'd like a sixer or even a 12-pack of something inexpensive, but isn't crap. Thanks.
  2. The silence is deafening! I'd say the answer is a resounding "NO!" to your question. ;)
  3. Look at the prices of things like Sam Adams, Deschutes, Widmer, or Sierra Nevada. Chances are that one of the brands will be on sale for like $13. Thats about a dollar a beer...not much more than you would pay for any BMC. If anything try Henry Weinhards or Yuengling.
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  4. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (645) New York Nov 7, 2010

    I know prices vary around the country, but I always find Bear Republic to be a great bang for the buck. Bombers & 6pks of Hop Rod Rye and Racer 5, two outstanding beers IMO,are significantly cheaper than almost anything else on the shelf around these parts.
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  5. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Advocate (620) New York Aug 10, 2010 Verified

  6. airforbes1

    airforbes1 Savant (260) California Oct 27, 2010

    It depends on how cheap you want to go. I don't know what you have available in Texas, but when I want to save some money I'll go with 12 packs of a Samuel Adams offering or Blue Moon. I can find 12 packs for $15.99, or about $1.33 per bottle. If I want go even cheaper, I'll buy the 1960s formula Schlitz. I saw a 12 pack recently for $10.99. Negra Modelo is also pretty good and is in 12 packs.
  7. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Savant (275) Texas Aug 16, 2010

    Not macro but I got a 12er of Celebration for 10.99. Can't beat that with a stick.
  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Verified

    Whoa!- Better than what I was going to suggest, but I'll go ahead anyway- Shiner's Black Lager and Alt are pretty nifty representations of their styles, and bound to be budget-priced. We get them in in the mixed sixers, but if either is available by themselves that'd be a good buy.
  9. Colt .45 Double Malt double dueces!!!
  10. t420o

    t420o Advocate (605) California Jul 16, 2009

    This is pretty much what I came in here to say.
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  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (845) California Nov 16, 2009

    Firestone Walker 6pks
    New belgium 6pks.

  12. gshak

    gshak Advocate (530) Texas Feb 20, 2011

    Anything Sierra Nevada
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  13. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (770) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Verified

    Any 40 at the 7-Eleven!
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  14. mellowmark

    mellowmark Savant (485) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010

    Agreed, Celebration. Can't beat that price to quality ratio. Cheers!
  15. Full Sail Session's- $9.99 a 12pack
  16. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,065) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Verified

    Sam Adams
  17. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (390) California Jul 31, 2010

    We have lots lots of good cheap beer available without turning to BMC. I just bought a sixer of SN Celebration for $6.99. That's what, a dollar more than Bud?
  18. Yeah, the way craft beer is going, I'm noticing less and less bargains out there. Check out Bohemia, $11.99 a 12 pk and it's a pretty damn good beer.
  19. There is no good cheap adjunct lager. Go with something from Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, or New Belgium.
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  20. erikl48

    erikl48 Savant (295) Pennsylvania Jun 29, 2011

    Try the distributors...always a rebate for some of the more well known imports. In PA, I've gotten cases of Becks, Warsteiner, and St. Pauli Girl for all under $20. It's not the best, but it beets most American macro's.
  21. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (925) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    6 pack of Genesee Cream Ale stubby bottles for $3.85.

  22. Sierra Nevada again and again and again again
    I always liked fat tire from new belgium
  23. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Verified

    this begins and ends with SN. god i love them
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  24. sil1

    sil1 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Verified

    Hop stoopid. 5 bucks a bomber cant beat that
  25. sil1

    sil1 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Verified

    Pick up 2 and ur set
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  26. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (795) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    Sweetwater IPA. 8-9 bucks for a sixer and it tastes amazing.

    Columbus Brewing Co IPA is a world class single IPA and only costs 7.99 for a six pack.
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  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Anchor Steam.

    Batch 19 from Coors is pretty good for what it is.
  28. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Savant (390) Ohio Jul 15, 2012

    Flying Dog seems to have good price point..... that or Burger~!
  29. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (735) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    Why compromise your beer budget for christmas when you could just cut back on christmas presents for others?
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  30. elgiacomo

    elgiacomo Savant (470) Georgia Jun 28, 2007

    These threads always remind me about how expensive beer is here in Georgia. $10.99/12pk of Celebration and $3.85/6pk of Genny Cream Ale...retail? That's less than our wholesale cost here.
  31. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    $10.99 for SN Celebration? Damn. I'd jump all over that. Cheapest I've seen in the Houston area is roughly $8 a six-pack.
  32. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Never seen it nearly that cheap in my neck of the woods. Being from upstate NY originally, I'd kill for Genny Cream for under $4 a sixer.
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  33. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Same here. I'm so envious.
  34. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Yeah, there's a plan.
  35. alexipa

    alexipa Savant (455) Colorado Oct 7, 2011

    In case you didn't already know, SIERRA NEVADA!

    Beyond that check out locals. Avery 6 packs around me are $5.99.
  36. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Had to look at that twice...thought you were calling me stupid.
  37. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Love their Raging Bitch. I had a pitcher of it one time. I think I saw God.
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  38. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Their Torpedo is awesome.
  39. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    True, taste-wise, with those brands you can't go wrong.
  40. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (340) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    Been meaning to try SN Celebration, but always got distracted and ended up buying something else...normally something really good that was on sale.