Best Affordable/Easily available BBA Beers

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  1. thatoneguymike

    thatoneguymike Meyvn (1,150) Sep 18, 2012 Georgia

    I wouldn't call COAST BA Blackbeerd 'affordable' but it is excellent

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,138) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Weyerbacher Insanity
    Weyerbacher Blasphemy
    New Holland Dragon's Milk
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Thirsty Dog Wulver
    Thristy Dog BBA Siberian Night
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  3. MuFugga

    MuFugga Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2015 Wisconsin

    I'll jump on the bandwagon with Central Waters. Their BBA Scotch Ale is one of the best BBA beers on the planet IMO.
  4. frothy_80

    frothy_80 Initiate (0) May 19, 2013 Missouri

    Anderson Valley- Don't know the price, but was decent
    Schlafly BA Stout- $10-$12 for 750ml
  5. Ostpies

    Ostpies Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand (Aotearoa)

    This is a really useful topic for me as i'll be in the US in late Jan instead of the usual summer trip, so i'll be looking out for a lot of these beers. Thanks!
  6. EvilMidnightBomber

    EvilMidnightBomber Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2015 Wisconsin

    Pretty much any barrel-aged beer Tyranena makes is amazing, but unfortunately they don't have a regular release schedule for any of them, and they don't usually see wide distro. The last few have been brewery only releases, and you wouldn't know about them unless you follow the brewery closely, they just randomly show up from time to time. Which is too bad, because their 4-packs are ~$12 and their beer is on the same level as Central Waters. On the plus side, because no one knows about them the beers are easily available to anyone that can make a stop at the taproom, and often hang around for quite a while (like, months) before they sell out.
  7. Angerhaus

    Angerhaus Crusader (738) Oct 1, 2015 Rhode Island

    Here's another vote for Central Waters' barrel-aged line. They're great fresh, and excellent cellared.
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    JSTOKERJR Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2015 New Mexico

    Anderson Valley for sure. Lower abv a bit thin but an exceptional buy at just under 5 bucks a bomber.
  9. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia

    Alewerks Bourbon Porter
    Dragon's Milk
  10. ernieb

    ernieb Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2013 Illinois

    Yeah, gonna have some Black Gold soon at a bottle share. Really looking forward to it.
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  11. brother_rebus

    brother_rebus Savant (953) Jul 28, 2014 Maine

    Dragons milk.
    Ba narwhal, rasputin, bigfoot, yeti.
  12. Angerhaus

    Angerhaus Crusader (738) Oct 1, 2015 Rhode Island

    Excellent beer.
  13. Rockjocknroll

    Rockjocknroll Disciple (371) Jun 15, 2014 California

    Had Backwoods Bastard on tap during a Founders takeover. It stood out as one of their very best alongside KBS, BS and their Mosaic IPA. Delicious.
  14. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Firestone vintage series
    BA Old Rasputin
  15. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,226) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I haven't been able to find one. :slight_frown:
    The beer store I frequent most often has the BA Alesmith Speedway Stout all the time, but it's still like $20 a bomber.
  16. SpyderMan14

    SpyderMan14 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2013 Illinois

    New Holland Dragons Milk is great and available year round. If NH were greedy and wanted to, they could make it a ticketed once a year release with a festival and concert (like a certain NW Indiana brewery I know) and make a killing.

    Good on them!
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  17. kbuzz

    kbuzz Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina

    BA Pilgrim's Dole is insanely underrated IMO.
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  18. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (793) Feb 25, 2015 Montana

    this is not the case outside of California
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  19. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (793) Feb 25, 2015 Montana

    just curious but BA Rasputin finally showed up here in MT for $27 for a 16.9oz... is it a lot cheaper there?
  20. TrapJaw77

    TrapJaw77 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2015 Illinois

    This is nowhere near obtainable in Chicago. You gotta be on your toes to get your hands on this one!
  21. ClavisAurea

    ClavisAurea Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008 New York

    Central City out of Surrey, BC in Canada makes a killer BBA Imp Porter. Tons of barrel character. They also make a BBA Barleywine that I haven't tried yet. Very affordable, $10 for a 22oz and they just sit on the shelves around me.
  22. ClavisAurea

    ClavisAurea Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008 New York

    I can get it for $22 but keep passing on it.
  23. jstout26

    jstout26 Initiate (158) May 30, 2013 North Carolina

    In North Carolina the Thirsty Dog BA beers do not seem very affordable to me. Usually $8+ for a 12 oz bottle or if you can find a 4-pack I've seen them priced at ~$28. Seems like there are much more affordable options.
  24. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Only one I've had that meets both those criteria is Dragon's Milk. Weyerbacher Heresy is more expensive but close. Ditto with Pilgrim's Dole.
  25. beersnobraven

    beersnobraven Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2014 Illinois

    Like a lot of other people said, Dragon's Milk all the way.
  26. Donco

    Donco Devotee (455) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    One of the most "under the radar" beers...and one of my most favs!
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  27. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Crusader (797) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

    I just had a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout. It is soooo goooood, and the best part, so easy to get. Personally I like it better than BCBS
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  28. pwdbyhops

    pwdbyhops Aspirant (203) Apr 1, 2015 Ohio

    My favorite of the 3 below is CW BBA Stout. It is a little thin but impossible to beat in terms of best bang for the buck. I bought 2x 4-packs when I was in NY earlier this summer. What a mistake!! I should have bought 5x 4-packs. We don't get it in Ohio.

    New Holland Dragon's Milk
    Founders Backwoods Bastard - $4 a bottle
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout - $4 a bottle?

    I don't know of any other barrel aged beers that are this good at this price? Dragons Milk is good, but in my opinion, it is not nearly as good as CW BBA Stout
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  29. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Crusader (797) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

    4pk - 14 bucks. That is a good deal
  30. Karnivool1

    Karnivool1 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 Illinois

    Not readily available around here!
  31. JoeBond

    JoeBond Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2015 Oregon

    At 12.00 or less, this would be my choice!
  32. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Initiate (139) Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    Broken record, but yes for all Central Waters 4pks (Scotch, Barleywine, Regular, that order).
    Backwoods Bastard is always a hit and Big Bad Baptist is a great choice.
    The common Yeti's are oak aged, and good, but their BA beers are much harder to find and more $$.
    The Boulevard Smokestack series in 750ml bottles are a blend of BA beer and regular beer, but they are great.
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  33. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois

    Central Waters stuff. Although getting harder in Chicago.
    Dragons Milk.
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  34. NealioATX

    NealioATX Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2015 Texas

    I saw a couple of these last night but flinched at $20.
  35. JISurfer

    JISurfer Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

    COAST BA Blackbeerd is still one of my top BA stouts. Maybe with the increased volume at the brewery, others will get to enjoy it too.
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  36. Walligator

    Walligator Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2015 Illinois

    I was recently fortunate enough to be able to purchase three bombers of Goose Island Bourbon Barrel stout one of which was with coffee. Haven't opened any of them up yet and probably won't due to the fact that I'm hearing that letting them age for a few years is always a good idea. But as far as the BBS that I've tried
    Central waters Brewers reserve
    Dragon's milk
    Backwoods bastard
    These three are my favs so far, but again, I haven't cracked any of those Goose Island Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stout yet
  37. Mike_Honcho1

    Mike_Honcho1 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2015 Illinois

    I have never seen BA Rasputin. That would be phenomenal!!
  38. Mike_Honcho1

    Mike_Honcho1 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2015 Illinois

    Lucky you! I'm always at work when they release BCBS. I would love to get a Coffee version!
  39. Mike_Honcho1

    Mike_Honcho1 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2015 Illinois

    I just picked up Dragon's Milk and BA Jones Dog from Pipeworks. The Pipeworks doesn't fit the bill as easily obtainable but wasn't too expensive $14.99 for the bomber. I can't wait to try it.
  40. K-Dog

    K-Dog Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2015 Michigan

    Although on the thin side odd sides morning wood, hipsters brunch and most recently mokka munt are all outstanding.
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