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What do you consider a good "cheapie" option for a craft bar to serve?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BKBassist, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Fat Tire... $3.50 a pint
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  2. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    This joint has over 70 taps of pure gold (with few exceptions) and not a one is over $6.50. Coincidentally, the proprieter also owns Golden Road.
  3. mmireles

    mmireles Aficionado (220) Texas May 18, 2005

    Well here in Texas... Shiner Bock or Saint Arnold beers. During happy hours you can sometimes find them for $2-$3 for a pint.
  4. Narragansett is definitely a good cheapie go to.
  5. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Maybe a conversion item like Shiner Bock or Dundee's Honey Brown. Those are still considered to be pretty good and are usually even cheaper than Stone, Sam, NB, SN, etc.
  6. Colt .45 Double Malt!!!
  7. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Champion (850) Virginia Apr 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Isn't this more of a "bars with good prices on craft beers" conversation, rather than a "craft beers I can find for cheap on draft?" Here in Richmond Joe's Inn has $2.50 pints of all their brews on draft for happy hour, I don't go anywhere else if I can help it. When I do though it's pretty easy to find Souther Tier IPA, Loose Cannon, and Fat Tire(I would NEVER...) on draft all priced as "cheapies." ::Sidebar:: I have no need for bars this weekend Hopslam and Nugget Nectar are both in and I am stocked up. Cheers
  8. ghostly

    ghostly Aficionado (175) New York Mar 7, 2011

    For quite a while in NYC the respectable low end item was PBR. Narragansett is a decent bet these days, but usually there's nothing. I can't think of any below $6 that aren't happy hour specials.
  9. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Beat me to it :)
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    PKPUNCH Zealot (75) California Jan 24, 2013

    arrogant bastard
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  11. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Widmer Drifter Pale Ale
  12. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Right now at my local craft bar you can get.....

    Two Hearted $4.50
    Centennial $5.50
    Fat Tire (Ha!) $4.50
    Ommegang Rare Vos $4.50
    Upland (local) Wheat $4
  13. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (550) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Anchor Steam
  14. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (550) New York Jun 11, 2007

    Almost everywhere I go, the difference in price - if any - is pennies. Why fall back on Pale Ale?

    Alternate options: anything from Great Lakes. Back home it retailed for the same as Sierra Nevada, and things like Edmund Fitz would make for a mighty fine "cheapie" beer.
  15. russmann

    russmann Aficionado (135) Idaho Oct 3, 2007

    SNPA is a go-to at bars that aren't craft beer oriented, or Boston Lager if it's *really* not craft oriented. If I'm at a craft bar, typically a local craft will be cheaper than a long distance craft, and drinking local has other added benefits.
  16. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Initiate (0) New Jersey Aug 15, 2011

    I know from expierence that long trail kegs are cheap (even the brewmaster series) and those beers are all pretty decent. I back sessions, full sail in general is a little cheaper (not by much) here in nj than most stuff, so is brooklyn.
  17. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Jul 23, 2012 Beer Trader

  18. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Savant (290) Georgia Jul 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Around here sweetwater 420
  19. Going to depend a lot on what your locality is, but in general, Hoegaarden, Fat Tire, SNPA and the like.
  20. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    As others have said, I think the best thing to do is go with a local pale ale, witbier, or amber ale which can be sold at a decent rate (in the NY area anything under $5 that's a reasonable craft is a steal). SN, DFH, Goose Island, Fat Tire, etc. Bell's Two Hearted is a great find in places its available as its usually not too expensive.
  21. Victory Prima Pils. Anything Great Lakes.
  22. Lagunitas or Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Crazy that a six pack of Sucks is 10.99 and Brown Shuggah was 9.99 at my store, and Sierra Nevada six packs are always like 8.99 near me.
  23. A hipster but cool spot. I just wish they offered all of the beers as tasters instead of their selected flight(s).
  24. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (420) California Feb 15, 2011

    Up here in Arcata they have a place with $2 pints during happy hour of Lagunitas IPA, Boont Amber, Mad River XP and DIPA, Mendocino Oatmeal, and others. We've also gotten $2 pints of Lagunitas Capuccino Stout, Brother David's Trippel, and Brown Shugga when they were on tap. So we go to that place all the time
  25. This is typically what i do.
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  26. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    This is true. TONS of hipsters about.
  27. I agreed until Fest came out a few years ago. That beer is really good for $9 / 12 pack.
  28. sierra nevada, lagunitas, or maybe even magic hat...
  29. Yeah, i am thinking of the original lager. I am still not convinced it is any different than red stripe ;), i'm going to have to do a side by side to prove I'm full of it as its been years since I've tried either.
  30. yeah session lager and black lager are both less than good. Fest is where it's at. Again, I'm considering price point when i say that.
  31. basscram

    basscram Savant (395) Maine Mar 29, 2006

    low grav beers from lost coast,victory,sierra nevada of course,great divide,lagunitas,dogfish head,shipyard,any local breweries in your state as well, here would be Cigar city brewing, etc.
  32. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (565) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    abita jackamo, brooklyn lager, sierra nevada torpedo/pale ale
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  33. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I sometimes see Old Rasputin on Nitro for 5-6 dollars a pint at local bars. Not bad.
  34. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap Pils (or Fire Eagle IPA)
    Hops and Grain Alt
    Shiner Bock
  35. RJLarse

    RJLarse Champion (860) Washington Dec 30, 2005

    Wow! I hope ya'll have big city incomes to go with that price list.

    So just fore the sake of conversation, what are grocery store prices for things like six-packs?

    Horace Greeley said "Go West, young man." He must have foretold the craft been industry. ;-)
  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Up around here in the Fourth Corner, you'll see Alaskan Amber, Fat Tire, and/or Mac n Jacks Amber a lot of places that aren't really "craft" beer bars. Generally in the $4 range.
  37. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I would think a local beer would be cheaper and worth a shot. Lower ABV should equal lower $$.
  38. Its all a matter of perspective.
    Under $6 in some areas is only BMC, in other areas $6 will buy you walez.
  39. Kerrie

    Kerrie Advocate (565) Michigan Aug 24, 2012

    I'm used to $4-5 pints in my area. Some places have deals where the pints are either $2 or half priced on Sundays, and another bar has their bottles $1 off on Sundays. Guess where my boyfriend and I bike to on summer weekends? ;)
  40. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (740) Washington Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    SNPA for $3-4/pint.