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Do you jump on a good deal even if the beer isn't that great ?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DarkDragon999, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (271) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    For example, I saw a 12 pack of the Saranac winter mix pack for 9.99. I had this like 3-4 months ago and I paid 14 or 15 dollars for it. Not a lot of good beers in it but for 9.99 I couldnt pass it up. There's at least 2 beers in it that arent too bad.
  2. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (626) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Almost never. I drink 1 beer per weeknight except Mon. and Thurs. are beer free nights and usually 2 on Sat. and Sun. So that's only 7 beers per week except on vacation. I have no desire to drink any beers I don't either consider to be great or that I haven't tried but I think have the potential to be great. So to me that wouldn't be a good deal. Just me - not right or wrong.
  3. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Depends on the situation (classic answer). If I am going to be having a party/gathering at my house with folks that drink craft but aren't that serious about it, then I'd buy that 12 pack of Saranac. Most likely the crowd coming over will like what's in the mix pack and drink it all. But for my own personal consumption? No. I won't buy something just because it's a good deal if I don't like the beer itself. For example, I saw Frangelic Mountain Brown for what I thought was cheap (can't remember the price but it was a few bucks less than what I had noticed it as previously). I passed it up because I didn't like that beer much.
  4. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (271) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    It was by no means a no brainer for me. I thought about it for a while but decided to go with it in the end. I did like the Red IPA and the Belgian Pale and in the end that was probably the deciding factor.
  5. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    I'm not sure how can you get a good deal on something you don't like, want, or need. You're just spending money to spend money.
  6. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    True, I went from buying half a dozen six packs of mediocre beer in a month to buying half a dozen bottles of fantastic beer. Never looked back...
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  7. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    To answer your thread title question - it depends. That said, I've seen (and bought) Saranac 12 packs in NH for $10 many, many times.
  8. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    No, there's too much beer in my cellar right now to be stocking up on stuff I don't love, no matter how cheap.
  9. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    No because if the beer's no good, it's not a "good deal."
  10. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,179) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    For myself - no. I buy what I know I like, or what I am interested in trying. I find buying those mixed cases I might really enjoy one or two, the rest just sit until they are in the way and I pour 'em (thinking of the recently unearthed three year old Sam Adams Winter Lagers).

    For company, maybe I would think about it, but if they aren't open to trying craft brews I can give them halfway decent (ok, actually pretty good) Narragansett products without having to seek out/stumble upon a deal or be a temporary BMC sellout. <Substitute a scant handful of others for 'gansett>

    So - basically echoes what Providence already said...too slow on the typing :slight_smile:
  11. fineout

    fineout Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2010 Rhode Island

    Not usually, but at one store near me they have 24 pack blind mix packs for 20$ (plain brown box that you cant look inside, usually 8-10 different beers) that i will buy now and again, i usually will like a majority of them but sometimes you get duds and i pawn them off on friends.
  12. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Guest beer, bro.
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  13. 1fine69

    1fine69 Initiate (113) Oct 1, 2010 Virginia

    Went to DC to see Coheed and Cambria about a week ago. We got there early and decided to get some food, stepped into a local bar that advertised a happy hour, only to find that their regular happy hour beer (Yuengling) had been replaced with Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. The cost? 1 dollar per pint! Best deal on beer I've ever gotten despite Loose Cannon not being anything special in my opinion.
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  14. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Usually if I haven't had the beer I will buy it, but if I've had it before and it didn't wow me then I pass it up. I bought a case of Alaskan Stout for ~$16 and recently bought some Ska Euphoria for $0.99 each and an Abita Jockamo for the same price because I haven't tried either.
  15. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    The bock, chocolate lager, porter and BPA make that a smash deal. I would bite. The big moose and red IPA are meh.
  16. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    No, because more often than not, the "good deal" is on beer past its best by date, several months past its bottled on date or some crap that nobody wants to buy at full price.
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  17. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Joke's on you, I buy a half dozen 6-packs of great beer per month.
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  18. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (447) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    I bought a few singles of hoptimum for a buck a pop once. Still could hardly drink them.
  19. aquaphiliac

    aquaphiliac Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Illinois

    I occasionally host tastings and if a half-decent pack of beer is really cheep I'll grab it for people to drink after the official tasting is over
  20. screamking

    screamking Devotee (466) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio
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    If its something I've never had and its under a $1 per bottle I get it every time.
  21. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    How old were they?
  22. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (447) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    They were fairly fresh, I just don't like SN "IPAs"
  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    If it's a beer I have never had then sure.
  24. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    These were good beers but I brought 8 pack variety of Lakefront for 8.99
  25. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Picked up the same for $7.99 12/pk and think it was a nice buy overall. Cheers
  26. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    But I passed on the Saranac Blueberry for $5.99 a 12 pk
  27. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    Got some delerium tremens and Noel for 5 bucks a pop at a grocery store because the labels fell off, well worth it!
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  28. johngalt12345

    johngalt12345 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2012 Maryland

    it's not a good deal if the beer isn't one you will really enjoy. i don't care about spending a few extra bucks to get what i want - life is too short
  29. spoonhawk

    spoonhawk Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Iowa

    I drink the beer I enjoy, or at least think I will enjoy drinking. Sure, price factors in to the extent that price can be prohibitive. But, I do not let price dictate my choices.

    Its not about getting ounces of beer or grams of alcohol per dollar. For me, its about deriving joy from what I drink.
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  30. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    quality over quantity.
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  31. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    generally no, but in the situation you mention, you can drink the ones that "aren't too bad" and save the others to have available for non-geeky guests. ... But generally no. If I don't really want to drink it, then it's hard to justify buying it.
  32. NeidhartVonReuenthal

    NeidhartVonReuenthal Initiate (124) Oct 2, 2012 Virginia

    No. Harris Teeter had Beck's Sapphire for $4.99 a six-pack; I looked it up here and it was an Anheuser-Busch product that was rated mediocre. Pass!

    (Aside: It seems nothing from a non-megabrewery is ever that cheap. Bah humbug.)

    Edit: Unless you count the Melanie Brewing Company which seems to specialize in putting out cheap popskull for the underclass.)
  33. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (656) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    My local liquor store usually runs a really great deal on Natural Ice (more bang for your buck) but I typically pass on it.
  34. codysjb

    codysjb Devotee (423) Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Kinda depends on the price point. If Sierra Nevada 12 packs were on sale for 8 to 10 dollars you bet I'd buy a few. If Bells six packs were on sale for 4 bucks off I'd probably leave with several mixed cases. If Sam Adams 6 packs were a dollar off I'd consider it but it would depend on what else was in the store that I wanted to try. 1 bucks off an 8 dollar six pack isn't worth springing for if I prefer something else better for less than ten dollars but If something is half off its probably worth it.
  35. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah for whatever reason (mispriced) a 30 of Rolling Rock (which tastes like water) was only $8.
  36. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Yeah I know what you're saying. It's like me and my cellar. Bustin at the seams with these fat, blubbery Whales. Got no room for dis kind of crap. Right? You know what I'm sayin huh guy?
  37. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    A while ago a Citgo near me had the variety 12 packs (with the winter ale) and 6 packs of winter ale from GI for half price. so basically I could get a 12 pack for the price of a 6er and I think the 6packs where like 3 or 4 bucks. That was a fun week....or was it two? :grinning:
  38. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    No whales, just good, easily obtained beer that ages gracefully in the cellar. And some stuff that doesn't (oops).
  39. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Yeah, I do, but I don't consider the deal you posted to be a good deal. If I see some nice craft that is highly regarded and not intended to be consumed fresh, I will buy it if it's like 40% off or more even if I personally don't want to drink it right then. Maybe I'll want to drink it in the future or I can just extra it to someone who has it on their wants.
  40. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Aspirant (234) Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina
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    I sometimes will grab a random mixed 12 pack of beer if the price is right, even if I assume the beer isn't great. Sometimes I am just in the mood for something "different". This usually only happens during football season when I consume more beers on a typical weekend.
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