Best beer for the money?

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  1. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    It's not a great beer, but most of the people that go crazy for it are BMC drinkers.
  2. drh88

    drh88 Aspirant (284) Dec 21, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yuengling Summer Wheat is quite good and very affordable.
  3. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (520) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    For a while had really good deals on Left Hand cases of mix packs, got 24 beers for $25, and would get 4-6 different beers. Now they are $31.99 I think.
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  4. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (191) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Was going to post the same. Can't beat the price for a 24 pack of half liter cans, plus they're not skunked. This has become my beer for non-craft beer drinkers when I have people over. I really want to try their maibock, but can't find it anywhere.
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  5. Brent212

    Brent212 Initiate (164) Jan 13, 2014 California

    Lagunitas High West 6 packs for $11.50 and Keystone Lite 30 packs for $13.
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  6. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Aspirant (226) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts

    6 Packs of Arrogant Bastard Tallboys are a steal at $13.99 out here.
    SNPA for $8.99
    Smuttynose 6-packs for $10.99
    Brooklyn BCS 6-packs for $10-
    Jack's Abby 6-pack Tallboys for $9.99

    All stupid deals.
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  7. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,081) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Undercover investigation shutdown is also up there. DIPA in a six pack that's $11. That's a 9.5 % ABV beer
  8. Phoodcritic

    Phoodcritic Crusader (788) Jul 3, 2014 Michigan

    Dirty Bastard 12-pack for $16.
  9. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (275) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    Pretty much anything non bomber format is a solid deal in NM. $7-$10/sixer can get you 90% of the products on the market (@ a place like TW, otherwise, add $2). That translates to $14-$18/12 packs, when available.

    Lagunitas Sucks at $8-$9/sixer is a true "ABV/oz" steal.

    Anymore, this local grocery store is selling "non fresh" Firestone Walker and I'm gobbling that up at $5/sixer on luponic/union jack.. I'm hoping Pivo makes the list soon.

    Maybe NM is unique (with low median income etc) but I never felt out matched when having to choose beer.

    By and large, the biggest seller is 6 packs or 12 packs of Bud light at gas stations, and thats easily $1/bottle. So to ramp up to say $1.11-$1.25/bottle, there is little sacrifice needed here in NM to maintain a "craft" flavor preference.

    I will add, much like Bp did with their Sculpin product, I am seeing DFH and Elysian (both just entering the state within the past two months) price their IPA sixers some $2-3 MORE than 75% of everyone else, including many locals and CO/AZ regional beers. So there is definitely some cause for concern as I see no value out of DFH 60 min or Space dust at $11-$13/sixer, when locals sit some $4 less. So its not all rainbows and sunshine in NM.

    Furthermore, when Azacca by Founders is available in a 15 pack for the same price as "Alpine" Pure Hoppiness is in a sixer, that is the definition of Best Beer for the Money.

    Great thread. We all should post the crap deals, along with the ones that we manage to scoop up
    #89 Oktoberfiesta, Feb 9, 2017
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  10. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I will say Lagunitas is best bang for buck in terms of ABV and quality.
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  11. CCBone

    CCBone Initiate (90) Apr 29, 2016 Oregon

    The best value I have ever seen was a case of dogfish head 90 minute for $28 at my local Costco. I still suspect it was a mismark, but they sold it to me all the same
  12. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (275) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    AN unnamed place sold me a four pack of BA Ten Fidy a few weeks back for $14. It had the ring around 4 ( I did not manipulate anything). I probably can't ever get better than that. I won't even try to seek out better deals, and just live with that come up for the year .
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  13. jp_4

    jp_4 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2017 New Jersey

    Lagunitas High Westified is an absolute steal. I like Sweet Baby Jesus for $8.99 for a 6 at my local store. Spaten Optimator also enjoyable for about the same.

    I second that a 4-pack of Heady Topper for $12.50 is a steal.
  14. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Last year around this time goose island was on sale for $10 a 12 pack and the. There was a coupon for $7 off 2. $6.50 a 12 pack when I bought 2, as much as I don't like giving them my money the winter ale is too good to pass up at a cheaper price than natty. I went a whole spring with 312, IPA and winter ale as my cheap beers.
  15. RogelioRodriguez

    RogelioRodriguez Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2015 California

  16. Jirin

    Jirin Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    Sam Adams. Boston Lager is a really good beer, and the one beer you can count on bad bars to carry in New England.
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  17. tjwarren

    tjwarren Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    Just finished my last of a six pack of SN Tropical Torpedo that was $8.99 a sixer. That is a contender.
  18. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Poo-Bah (1,872) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Saw it at Weis ( in NY), which is based in PA.
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  19. WIBeerSnob

    WIBeerSnob Initiate (153) Jan 31, 2017 Wisconsin

    I will buy it once in awhile for my wife. For me, it's one of those beers where if I go out to eat in WI, and the beer selection at the restaurant sucks, I'll default to getting a Spotted Cow. It's certainly not a bad beer, I enjoy it...I just like trying other brews that I don't normally get to try.

    My dad on the other hand (who lives in IL) can't buy enough of it. When he visits he'll buy a couple cases and "smuggle" it back to IL. Then when he has a party, that's usually the first beer he runs out of. His friends love it.

    Of course it's well known that New Glarus doesn't distribute outside this state. I think that adds to the mystique and novelty of it for those that live out of state. Every once in awhile a story will pop up (usually out of MN) where a bar owner would pickup a 1/2 barrel of Cow in WI, and then tap it in their bar in MN. Only to get busted and get a huge fine. Silly Minnesotans :grinning:
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  20. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Initiate (0) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus.

    Wait, no, that's wrong... very wrong...

    I'll say a Jack's Abby variety 12-pack for $16.
  21. zacky_U

    zacky_U Initiate (0) May 22, 2013 Michigan

    sixer of two-hearted
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  22. JBogan

    JBogan Savant (912) Jul 15, 2007 California

    Lagunitas High Westified and Born Yesterday sixers at $10.99

    Sierra Nevada Narwhal at $8.99 a four pack

    Firestone Walker mix 12 packs at $15.99

    I know this probably doesn't count, but the best deal I've seen since maybe ever was when Total Wine cleared out their Chouffe N'Ice 4 packs at $4.99. Needless to say I picked up multiples of that one.
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  23. CrimeDog

    CrimeDog Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2015 New York

    That's insane.....that's worth the gas to drive up there
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  24. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (963) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Not the cheapest, but personally, I'm a big fan of Three Floyds flagships for 40 bucks a case. Fresh Alpha King can't be beat for that price, IMO.
  25. Statonxyb

    Statonxyb Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2015 Kentucky

    Three Floyds Alpha King
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Sierra Nevada
  26. pinyin

    pinyin Disciple (368) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    Sierra Nevada
    Sly Fox
    Von Trapp
  27. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    Right now lagunitas high west ified. $15 a 6 pack for 12% ba stout that is absolutely amazing.
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  28. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,365) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    SN Celebration, SN Torpedo, SN Pale Ale.

    In that order.

    /Close thread.
  29. Boblemo

    Boblemo Initiate (145) Jan 30, 2015 Iowa

    Lagunitas 12th of never.
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  30. Muss42

    Muss42 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2015 Michigan

    To quote so many.. high westified 6 packs
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  31. stratusjeans

    stratusjeans Disciple (300) Oct 11, 2014 Washington

    This one
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  32. MusicBeer_1961

    MusicBeer_1961 Initiate (141) Feb 23, 2014 Nebraska

    For all the double IPA's, Stouts and barrel aged beers I enjoy and seek out regularly.. I'll always come back to my best value beer- picking up a six pack of Franziskaner Weissbeir for only $8.99 is not only value; but you get a world class version of the style and at 5%, you can knock a few back early, not feel wasted.. Then finish your night with one or 2 of the big boys (10-12%)..

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  33. JmurphylovessAmadams

    JmurphylovessAmadams Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015 Illinois

    Pipeworks Ninja-unicorn Dipa 4 pack cans for 11.49 is great when you compare it to Surly Abrasive which is just very slightly better but 6$ more. Founders Breakfast Stout $8.99 4 pack.
  34. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (297) May 24, 2014 Alabama

    Session Lager 12pk for 9.99

    THANAT0PSIS Champion (815) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    I would kill for this being available to me without trading.

    My vote is anything Anchor/Sierra Nevada/New Glarus/Baderbrau/Metropolitan/Lazy Monk/Schell's. It's ironic that more than half of those are primarily lager brewers, and lagers are generally more difficult to do correctly and take longer than most ales, yet somehow they're cheaper.

    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is an excellent deal for quality and alcohol content vs. price.

    Also, many English/German/Czech imports. Weihenstephaner is around $8-9 a sixer. Czechvar is $7-8. Ayinger 4-packs are around $8 ($9-10 for Celebrator is absurd). Pilsner Urquell for $5/4x16oz is amazing. Andechs anything for $3.49/500ml. Spaten regular or Optimator for $8. Hofbrau for $9. Fullers anything for $8/4x330ml. Considering import taxes, those prices are extremely charitable.

    On the flipside, I don't see why Koelsches seem more expensive. Reissdorf and Gaffel are both very pricey (~$12/4- or 6-pack, respectively) compared to the German beers listed above. Jever is another that's delicious but way too expensive (and consequently never fresh).
    #115 THANAT0PSIS, Feb 12, 2017
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    THANAT0PSIS Champion (815) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    I don't really think NvU and Abrasive are that similar. NvU is much sweeter (even in the reformulated cans) and decidedly "Midwestern" in execution. Abrasive is dry and very West Coast.
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  37. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,179) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    Czech beer
    Franconian Kellerbier
  38. NotHereForGold

    NotHereForGold Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2015 Wisconsin

    When comparing how much you pay for some bunk ass beer at a bar/restaurant, any and every package beer is a flippin deal and a half.
    But I would pick Toppling Goliath 4pk 16oz for $8.99 (Sue/Nugget) for my Steal of the Week!
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  39. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (297) May 24, 2014 Alabama

    Von trapp sampler pack. 12 beers, 4 styles, 3 of each. All of them are rediculously well made. !2 pack is usually about $16 out the door...

    My only hope for this beer is if AB Inbev buys them. Ironic.
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  40. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I also forgot to add Duclaw's Serum to this list. For a long time, it was $7.99/6er at the local Giant. That was until they noticed the wrong price. Now it's back up to either $11.99 or $12.99 a 6er. A 6er of a decent double IPA under $10 can't be beat, let alone under $8.
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