Best Bang for Your Buck?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hanzo, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Garrettshu

    Garrettshu Jun 1, 2013 Texas

    North Coast's Old Rasputin
    Avery's The Reverend
     
  2. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    I would have to agree. Great price for a very solid beer. Also, left over Brooklyn Monster B-Wine is around 7 bucks per 4 pack at my local store. And yes, by bang I figured you may have meant buzz! Cheers!
     
  3. borderican

    borderican Aug 13, 2011 California
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    6 pack of Lagunita's IPA. Sometimes they go for $8 at Bevmo. Solid IPA especially if fresh!!!
     
  4. borderican

    borderican Aug 13, 2011 California
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    4 pack of GreenFlash double stout. Average price is $8. At 8.8% each this flavorful stout will not let u down
    It reminds me of Founders Breakfast stout .
     
  5. bebbcorp

    bebbcorp Mar 6, 2010 Kansas

    Great Divide's new Big Show mixed twelve pack. Three Hercules imperial ipa, three Yeti imperial stout, three hades belgian strong pale ale, and three Hibernation old ale, all for $21.95. The Hercules and Yeti four packs are normally $13.01 and the others are $10 a sixer. Unbelievable value and beer. Thanks Great Divide, I love you.
     
  6. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

    SI Torpedo Extra IPA - $7.49 six-pack bottles
     
  7. AJ01923

    AJ01923 Jan 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    It must have already been said but Jacks Abby Hoponius Union - 4 packs for $9.99 is a steal. Lagunitas Sucks 6ers also at $9.99 was robbery.
     
  8. plaid75

    plaid75 Jan 13, 2005 New York

    BCS stood out as a great deal when it came in 6 packs.
     
  9. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown is ~$10/6-pack and 9.6% abv.
     
  10. Denver_Beer_Guy

    Denver_Beer_Guy Jun 4, 2013 Colorado
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    In LA maybe 3-4 years ago the liquor store by me sold Stone Smoked Porter in the 22 oz. bomber for $3.50. Haven't found a deal as good yet!
     
  11. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Mar 24, 2011 Illinois
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    and still one of the most underrated beers out there! A must try for anyone that enjoys scotch ales
     
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  12. TheodorHerzl

    TheodorHerzl Mar 30, 2007 Indiana
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    These prices people are quoting are amazing. Indiana blows for beer prices. They grease you up and aim for penetration in Indy. Want to pay 11.99 for a 4 pack of pale or 10.99 for a four pack of cream ale? We've got it.
     
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  13. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Also,

    Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, CO

    I can get it for 6.99 a six pack of cans for a 6.5% IPA
     
  14. Possumjenkins99

    Possumjenkins99 Jul 15, 2013 Ohio

    Sierra nevada torpedo extra ipa
     
  15. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    It's $4.50 around here. Impossible to beat, both price and quality.
     
  16. duketheredeemer

    duketheredeemer Jan 21, 2007 Washington

    How has Cuvée René not been mentioned yet? Sure, I don't think it the best Gueuze, but in proportion to what it costs it's stellar.
     
  17. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    Yeah pretty much all of these surprise me. Parabola a better deal than Old Rasputin or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout? Central Waters BBB a better deal than Sierra Nevada Bigfoot? Saison Brett a better deal than Hennepin, Sofie, and Colette? Hopslam a better deal than Lagunitas Sucks or New Belgium Rampant?

    I mean, I know you are taking into account the ratings, but Hopslam costs twice as much as Sucks and Rampant yet doesn't score twice as high, Parabola costs almost twice as much as Rasputin and Brooklyn BCS but doesn't score nearly twice as high, Saison Brett is twice as much as Sofie and more than twice as much as Hennepin and Colette, etc......
     
  18. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado



    Rampant isn't considered a bargain....
    It's pretty much garbage in my eyes, ABV be dammed.
     
  19. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    I was simply pointing out widely-available DIPA's that are affordable, not commenting on the quality. Hopslam is $20+ a sixer, which isn't remotely "affordable."
     
  20. Pete811

    Pete811 May 13, 2013 Michigan

    I very much agree, it does say that this is a seasonal on their site, but recently i'm seeing it around a lot, when a couple months ago it was pretty hard to find.
     
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  21. Leebo

    Leebo Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    12.99 12 packs of SN torpedo. Or Harpoon IPA, one of my favorite year 'rounders. Plus deposit.
     
  22. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    I have absolutely no idea where you people can find 12 packs of craft beer for anything less than $15. Hell, Sam Adams 12 packs are like $20 where I live now.
     
  23. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado


    I have seen many Hopslam buyers say 14.99-17.99

    20+ would seem excessive.
    Can't comment as its not in my distro.
     
  24. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
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    Hop Notch IPA by Unita. 6.99 per 6 pack. 7.2 % ABV TW&M lets you use a 1 dollar off coupon on that. ;)
     
  25. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    $20 is standard Midwest pricing, I've seen it for $25 out east and passed. If it was as low as $14.99 anywhere I can't imagine it ever getting to the shelf, stores would have to keep it in the backroom for people to ask for it.
     
  26. Justinlikesbeer

    Justinlikesbeer May 23, 2013 Florida

    $0.99 hoppin frog pumpkin bomber
     
  27. JonBeer

    JonBeer Feb 1, 2011 Georgia

    agreed... Torpedo is my go to everyday, so good.
     
  28. JonBeer

    JonBeer Feb 1, 2011 Georgia

    Yazoo Sue Smoked Porter... May be the best smoked porter in the world for $4.99 per 750ml in Nashville.
     
  29. TheGator321

    TheGator321 May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    sea hag in local store for $8.99/ 6 pack down from $9.99. great value.
     
  30. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Schlafly 12 packs (Dry Hopped APA is one of my go-to beers) are often $11.99 a 12 pack at our local grocery store. They also have 12 packs of their Heffeweizen (actually an American Wheat), Pale Ale, and a mixed 12 that has Pale Ale, Heffe, and Dry Hopped APA.

    12 packs of Ranger IPA for $12.99-$13.99

    Hop Stoopid bombers at $3.79

    Brooklyn BCS at $7.99 a 4pk in Chicagoland

    Ska Modus Hoperandi at $7.99 a sixer

    Stone IRS at $5.99 A bomber.

    These are a few of my favorite things.
     
  31. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado


    You say that yet your based in Saskatchewan ....
    My referencing is from Hoplsam forum pricing questions, and what people posted in Hopslam forums. I believe you are getting a bit of gouge at $25. Others would agree.
     
  32. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    I'm not actually in Canada.;)

    Unless we're talking Michigan I just can't figure out where people would be getting it that low. The obvious places in Iowa and Illinois always seemed to have it for around $20, and in Illinois' case the obvious places are usually the cheapest. $25 is indeed a bit much but we're talking D.C. here when I say east coast, never been anywhere else on the coast during Hopslam season. D.C. prices tend to vary a lot. I've seen Allagash White four-packs as low as $10 but as high as $16......
     
  33. GreenCoffee

    GreenCoffee Jul 2, 2012 Illinois

    Oh I feel you. The method definitely doesn't pass the face validity test at all. Here's the breakdown on how these things were pooped out.

    We'll take Parabola as the highest scoring RIS. Generally I can expect to get a bomber of that for around $16. At 22 ounces, it's somewhere close to 2 beers in the container for something near $8 per "beer." It scores at 100 (+11 from style median). For comparison, Old Rasputin is a 4 pack I can get for around $9 (about $2.25 per) and it scores at 96 (+7). In isolation, this still doesn't look like a great tradeoff. Like 6 bucks more per beer and a 4 point boost in BA score.

    The thing that makes Parabola come up with a higher score is the distribution of other beers that were entered into the regression. Of the 26 locally available RIS's that I tossed into the equation, Parabola had the highest score by 3 points (several 97s on the list but no others that are higher). The lowest on the list was a 90 (nothing below-median was included). Meanwhile, prices ranged from $2/per to $12.50/per. So what's happening is that Parabola has a 3 point advantage over every other beer on the list (on a 10 point scale) while an $8/per price tag is sort of high-middle of the pack. When you run a regression, Parabola's residual is the highest positive-end score of the bunch.

    This is pretty much the same reason Zombie Dust scores the highest – at a score of 100 in a style where the median beer is an 83 (i.e., +17), it would take a HELL of a high price tag not to be considered a hugely “good deal” on this metric.

    Obvious problems abound here:
    - Changes in price per beer are extremely apparent to the customer, whereas changes in BA score are much less so (as well as much more subjective). While a 3 advantage for Parabola is significant on the scale selected, it’s likely near irrelevant on a wider scale.
    - Beers selected are limited to Illinois bottle distribution only, which limits the sample size and applicability of the results. And without something like a master list of beer prices (if anyone is sitting on a craft beer MSRP database, hit me up) non-local beers would be sort of hard to price anyway.
    - Beers selected are above-median for style only, which really inflates the impact of BA score because about half of the beers in a style aren’t being considered (meanwhile the price-per-beer range is probably pretty representative as-is).

    So I suppose I should have mentioned even more directly that one should take my estimates with a very large grain of salt. I mostly use it to get a very rough at-a-glance estimate of price/quality. Especially when a beer is on the opposite end of the spectrum (expensive given its score). Given enough time, though, I hope to develop even better estimates.
     
  34. GimmeGumballHead

    GimmeGumballHead Dec 4, 2010 Illinois

    Petrus Aged Pale Ale or Cuvee Renee
     
  35. simonpeter

    simonpeter Mar 31, 2011 Wisconsin

    Central Waters-Satin Solstice Imperial Stout or $5 bombers of their 8.5% coffee stout.
     
  36. Leebo

    Leebo Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    The fine state of Massachusetts. One of the Best beer states in the country. And why is it so hard to get Lot 40, Pike Creek, or some of the fine Canadian whisky here. Keeping it for your 9 months of winter and 3 months of poor skiing.:D
     
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