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Your favorite "cheap" bomber/750?

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by Zymocenosilicaphobic, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. All these limited release beers are giving me sticker shock.

    Abrasive ~ $18, Darkness ~ $22, Smoke ~ $18, Gillian ~$29, Halia ~ $23, Commader ~ $17, Haywire ~ $14, Schell's Framboise ~ $14, etc.....

    I passed on a bottle of Indeed Old Friend tonight for $11 and bought a 12 pack of Schell's Snowstorm instead, it was the same price.

    So what's your favorite BA bomber/750ml for less than $10?

    I picked up Central Waters Coffee Stout for $5.50.
    Also Lagunitas beers are always a good value are $5-$6.
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  2. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Savant (375) Minnesota May 15, 2008

    I was going to reply with Central Waters Coffee and Lagunita's Imperial Stout. So there you go.
    Also really been enjoying any Yeti, about $10.
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  3. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    I pick up John Henry from Cold Spring on occasion. $4.99 or thereabouts.
    Edit: By BA you mean oak/barrel aged? Cold Spring uses those funky oak spirals, so I'm not sure if that counts?
  4. Good topic!
    Recently had Space Ghost from Central Waters that was very good at $6.50, Deschutes is always a good value, Fresh Squeezed was excellent, Chaisin' Freshies- very good and just enjoyed Hop Henge. All under $6.00. Have to throw in Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrel, a nice barrel aged for $7.00!
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  5. I guess the BA requirement might make this a pretty short list at that price point, so I'll open it up to ALL favorite "cheap".
  6. sandbergandy

    sandbergandy Zealot (85) Minnesota Nov 21, 2012

    I picked up a couple Ballast Point Victory at Sea bombers for $8.50 a piece on my way home from work. Extremely good beer at that price, extremely good beer regardless of price, if you can find it
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  7. DesMoinesCraft

    DesMoinesCraft Disciple (60) Iowa Nov 1, 2013

    Wen it comes to under $10 it's rough because a majority of the wine bottle size stuff is limited release. Out of all of them the one brewery that I've been consistently happy with their bombers is Stone. Must are around $8. The worst in the price range is Rogue. Though it's all OK, it's rarely beyond just OK.

    If you want to go in an import direction and a little smaller you should check out Schneider Weisse They have been selling 16.9oz around Des Moines for about $5 and the Aventinus is a very interesting beer to say the least.
  8. DesMoinesCraft

    DesMoinesCraft Disciple (60) Iowa Nov 1, 2013

    Missed the BA reference too. It seems like Barrel Age is going to always drive the price over $10. I'm not a big fan of Bourbon to begin with because I feel it has the worst finish of all whiskeys. The thing with beer is that the finish is such a large part of the taste, I feel it really distracts from the beers taste in an over powering manner. I'm guessing that since there is a large supply of bourbon barrels is the reason that it seems to be the standard. I'm not sure if just an oak barrel age would release enough tannins or smokey flavor on the finish to make a difference. Though I think a scotch barrel might produce a much more interesting finish.
  9. MCImes

    MCImes Savant (395) Connecticut Dec 31, 2010

    No one has mentioned Steel Toe yet? Not new news, I know, but still great. Cant wait for Size 7 in a $10ish 6 pack
  10. mnphish

    mnphish Savant (385) Minnesota Aug 19, 2012

    Deschutes Hop Henge, a reasonably priced beer that detroys the overpriced ones.
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  11. Agreed! All if them are a helluva deal at $5.00. Size 7 is one of my favorite tap beers when availabe.
  12. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (730) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Recently released stuff that has been awesome for the price: Madhouse Barleywine aged in Cedar Ridge Whiskey barrels for $9.99/750ml and Peace Tree Templeton Red aged in Templeton Rye barrels for $9.99/22oz bomber.
  13. doner24

    doner24 Savant (280) Minnesota Apr 16, 2013 Beer Trader

    Not a bomber, but by far the best cheap deal near the cities is a growler of Pseudo Sue for $9.99 at Nova's.
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  14. mypenguin

    mypenguin Aficionado (215) Minnesota Jul 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    Left Hand Wake Up Dead imperial Stout is typically tasty. Haven't had this year's batch. $9 +tax.
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  15. psychotia

    psychotia Savant (395) Minnesota Jun 27, 2009

    Well, if abrasive was a bomber, it'd be just over $6... So I'm sticking with that.
  16. Douggo

    Douggo Savant (330) Minnesota Oct 24, 2009

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  17. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Savant (335) Minnesota Jun 18, 2008

    So true, I can't believe how affordable a Size 7 bomber is…and it's one of the best year round IPAs in the state.
  18. Stimulus199

    Stimulus199 Savant (265) Minnesota Dec 11, 2013 Beer Trader

    Lagunitas Lucky 13 - ~$5
    Lagunitas Imperial Stout - ~$5
    Left Hand Wake Up Dead - ~$6
  19. MNMike

    MNMike Savant (335) Minnesota Dec 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    I asked the brewer at Steel Toe about 12 ouncers in the future and he shot that down - bombers are his preference.
  20. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Savant (375) Minnesota May 15, 2008

    If I could buy Steel Toe bombers in Rochester I would be so freaking happy and would definitely have put that in my reply.
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  21. MCImes

    MCImes Savant (395) Connecticut Dec 31, 2010

    Booo. $5 bombers are still acceptable, but I would drink the shit out of size 7 if it were a $10/6 pack instead of $15...
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  22. Ish1

    Ish1 Savant (435) Minnesota Feb 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    In my book, $5 bombers are not cheap. That's a $15 6 pack. When you get down to the $5 bomber price, you can find so many comparable beers in 6 pack format for $9.99 or less. 6 packs win every time. For me, the only place for a bomber is for the limited release stuff and that is basically only because we are forced to buy a bomber if we want that special release.
  23. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Savant (335) Minnesota Jun 18, 2008

    My bottle shop in Eagan just starting carrying Steel Toe, happy days!
  24. I do like clown shoes, lagunitas, deschutes, weihenstephaner
  25. DesMoinesCraft

    DesMoinesCraft Disciple (60) Iowa Nov 1, 2013

    Yes there it is usually a better value but when you consider that everything is based on ouch cost, most of what is in 22oz would not be $10 for a six pack. If you figure that $5 bomber is going to run $0.23 an oz a 48oz six pack is going to be around $11 to $12. I find the bomber size is prefect if you want to sample a number of beers. If I have the option to buy 2 six packs or 4 bombers, I'd rather go with the variety. Plus 22oz is just about the right size to enjoy on your own or share with someone.
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  26. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (660) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Someone is stealing 24 ounces from your six packs :eek:

  27. doner24

    doner24 Savant (280) Minnesota Apr 16, 2013 Beer Trader

    Gotta love Iowa math ;)
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  28. DesMoinesCraft

    DesMoinesCraft Disciple (60) Iowa Nov 1, 2013

    You are right, now I'll turn the lights out and whoever took it, please return it.

    I was think in the land of 4 packs mainly because I have yet to see anything offered in bombers that is also offered in 6 packs. So, I've done the math in the past when choosing between a bomber or a 4 pack. At any rate, that would make 6 packs 72 oz and make the 6packs in the range of $15.00 to $16.00.
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  29. Baudette

    Baudette Aficionado (170) Minnesota Dec 22, 2007

    8.99 for a 750 of Saison Dupont
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  30. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (540) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    I love all the New Glarus Bombers and CW Brewhouse Coffee Stout! I found love child #3 for 10 once but that was probably a mistake.
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  31. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader


    (It's $10.99 at my local squalid packie. ;))
  32. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Savant (350) Minnesota Jul 15, 2008

    How about an $8.99 Rodenbach / $9.99 Rodenbach Grand Cru?
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  33. zeledonia

    zeledonia Advocate (590) Washington Nov 23, 2008 Beer Trader

    Steel Toe and Lagunitas for sure.

    Also, as a saison lover, I'll throw out Victory Helios. Cheapest non-closeout bomber I've ever bought, at $3.50 I think. And pretty darn tasty, too.
  34. Ish1

    Ish1 Savant (435) Minnesota Feb 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    Really? Should we start with Steel Toe? There are many, many great IPA's that are equal to Size 7. Or did you mean Size 7 is only offered in a bomber?

    I have to disagree with you when it comes to the "5 dollar bomber". Now, a limited release bomber in the $9+ range is a different story.

    On topic with the thread, I guess I just don't see any bomber as being cheap when you compare it to a 6 pack pricing.

    They are nicer for bottle shares though!
  35. Baudette

    Baudette Aficionado (170) Minnesota Dec 22, 2007

    Northgate in Andover has had this at 8.99 for at least 6 months.
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  36. dzyneguru

    dzyneguru Savant (415) Minnesota Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    This, for sure.
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  37. Rob-P

    Rob-P Aficionado (200) Iowa Feb 29, 2012

    I picked up a couple bottles of Le Terrioir yesterday for $6.99 (Hy-Vee West Lakes in Des Moiens). I saw BBQ on sale in DM for $10.99 (Hy-Vee on Grand/Railroad in WDM) this week...obviously not under $10, but pretty close for a great beer in a 750.
  38. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Advocate (595) Minnesota Jul 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    Dear Steel Toe,

    I love Size 11!

    Where did it go?

    Bring it back!


  39. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Savant (375) Minnesota May 15, 2008

    I think it usually comes out around March...
  40. MCImes

    MCImes Savant (395) Connecticut Dec 31, 2010

    Ohh, Ill second Le Terroir. How did I forget that? Its possibly the 2nd best cheap sour. (NG Wild sour being the first. Not a bomber I know, but that beer dominates in my book because its a sour, cheap and GREAT). Now if only they would make it a seasonal...

    Since Im on sours now, you can find Cuve Renee for ~$10 too. Thats a very under appreciated Guezue. Its not the 'very best' I know, but for being readily available and one of the cheapest in its style it holds up very well IMO.