The $10 Six-pack "Challenge"

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by lambpasty, May 19, 2016.


Could you limit yourself to a $50/month beer budget?

  1. Yes

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  1. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Devotee (400) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    $17 a case for SN? You need to let me know where you shop. Great price.
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  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,994) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    When the world tells you to simplify, you should listen- beer tastes a lot better when it's stress-free :wink:.
  3. lambpasty

    lambpasty Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    Yeah see, cutting back on my bourbon and cigar habit is going to be a whole other project :grinning:
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  4. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Meyvn (1,213) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Long trail is extremely economical and near you. Here in pa a case of their "double bag" altbier is $23-24.
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  5. ChittyChambers

    ChittyChambers Aspirant (277) Jan 12, 2016 Maryland

    Near my work there is a liquor store that takes 10 percent off beer on Thursdays. If I had too I could get a 30 of Narragansett lager for 14 pretax and milk that all month along with the few beers out here and there.
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  6. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,852) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Firstly, good luck to you. Secondly, the above is they key phrase imo. It's hype which causes many to spend $10+ on an IPA bomber, $15+ on an BA bomber and $15+ on a 4pk of IPA tallboys. Many times on beers they've yet to have. I can count numerous times I've been underwhelmed by the hyped beer du jour. Also, tickers are quite irrational. Not sure if you are a ticker though.

    If you are just interested in having good beer then yes your parameters are certainly achievable. Hopefully they have mix packs in your area where you can mix it up a bit but as others have mentioned there are plenty of quality craft beers which can be had for your monthly budget. I take a look at the Beer Hauls thread and it's shocking to me how much folks spend on beer. Yeah it's their right to spend their money as they see fit but it's still quite shocking nonetheless. Even 2600 a year on beer (50 per week) which I'm certain is easily exceeded by many seems a bit much to me. Anyway, good luck again.
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  7. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    When I was raising kids I drank Old Style and still had to watch my intake so I didn't go over budget. Now that I'm not responsible for young children I drink better beer but still go for bargains. When you have young children who are dependent on you, you do whatever the hell you have to do, and craft beer is definitely a luxury. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I can drink better beer, I'm glad I'm not in that situation now, but in the long run it's a small sacrifice.
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  8. Sir_Whats-his-face

    Sir_Whats-his-face Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2015 Oregon

    I guess how easy this would be to pull off depends on where you live. Out here, I'd wager that 90% of craft six packs are between $8 and $10, and I'd honestly be surprised if I spend that much more than $50 a month on beer.
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  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,078) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I try to stay under $20 a week too. Its the growlers that get me. All the really good stuff is still on tap.
  10. Beef_Curtains

    Beef_Curtains Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2013 Ohio

    I could probably do it, but it would get boring. I thrive on variety and buy a lot of single bottles. I could do $100 a month and still enjoy myself.
  11. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Poo-Bah (1,808) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Could, and do. (usually)
    In addition to those mentioned, most Ithaca & Ommegang offerings are $8.99/pk here, though Ommegang's are mostly 4-pks. The beer store that I go to, often has clearance stuff right outside the door*, deeply discounted. I don't usually partake, as I don't want a whole case of anything. I see they just started mixing some of those. Not all are long-keepers, but some are. Maybe you can find similar deals where you are?

    *It's in the shade of an old gas station canopy, & being upstate NY, plenty chill enough most of the time. ; )
  12. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,983) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Not a problem for me. I have enough wine in my cellar to keep me occupied for a year.
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  13. Relik

    Relik Initiate (107) Apr 20, 2011 Canada (NS)

    its possible, i should probably start taking low fills home from canning days ( that would go a long way)
  14. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,072) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    You get founders and sixpoint for less than 10? Dam. Theyre both around $12+ here. Resin is 15 or 16 in some placrs but i do believe the crisp is 10.

    And good luck. I live with in laws currently and am buying cheapest beer possible. Rough sometimes because you NEED a beer at some points.
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  15. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,465) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    It would be difficult but it could be done.
  16. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    I'm still young, joined the workforce instead of college, a steady lady and no children *knock on wood*. I'm worth my weight in gold, but given any financial circumstances I would gladly settle for a 12pk of Black Label, Miller, or Strohs if need be.
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  17. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    Whew... I don't keep track of how much I spend on beer but I went back in my bank account 1 month and I've spent about $400, partly because of my trip to Mass though. I really don't drink that much, 1 or 2 beers a night but I do drink some expensive beers, like $10 a bottle for some of them, and I'm also pretty generous about sharing with a couple close friends of mine who don't make anywhere near as much as I do. I have two under two so I don't drink to the point of being drunk, but I make enough that they have everything they need and I still get to drink some good beer. If I had to cut back my spending I would probably drink Sierra Nevada, Long Trail, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Sebago, Baxter, and recently available to me Firestone Walker, which are all under $10 a six. I'd also probably drink more Sam Adams, sometimes I don't understand why they get so much grief on here, because some of their beers are similar in price and quality to Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas. My local grocery store has a decent selection of craft beers that can be built into $9.99 sixers, I can get all the brewers mentioned above plus Shed, Waterfront, Sea Dog, Saranac, Stone, Geary's, Gritty's, and some others If I need to mix it up.
  18. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (464) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    $50/month??? That's probably more than I spend on beer now, at least for most months. Drinking one (or two at most) per day probably helps with that.

    Though I'll probably go over that mark the next time I buy beer this month, considering that I actually bought a couple of bombers for once rather than just six-packs or variety-packs (and lately my six-packs have been lighter easy-to-drink-a-lot-of sorts of beers, generally in the under-5% abv range, so they go away a bit quicker than the beers I was buying more of in previous months.)
  19. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    You can but that is stretching. Really because lets say every time you have beer you will have two. And the sixer you want is not always ten dollars.
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  20. Marklaker

    Marklaker Zealot (577) Jun 5, 2014 Florida

    Could, yes. Would, no. Then again, you have reason, I don't.....double entendre intended.
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  21. lambpasty

    lambpasty Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    Narragansett is definitely another that will be on my list, most of their six packs are $7.99 for 6 pint cans around me.

    I think there is a small part of me that knows I should cut back on my intake a little - don't get me wrong, I'm not a 24-pack-a-week drinker, but 1-2 on weeknights and 3+ on the weekend days adds up. Combine that with my terrible sleep schedule and recent laziness with the gym and I know I've got a recipe to be looking at a much, ah, more rotund version of myself in the near future if I'm not careful. I think after a month or so of doing this I'm going to find myself drinking less overall, and appreciating the beers I do have a little bit more.
    #61 lambpasty, May 20, 2016
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  22. lambpasty

    lambpasty Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    Yeah the MB on 28 in Salem next to Home Depot is a go-to for me, they almost always have fresh SN 12-pack cans for ~$13 as well as some other good deals.
  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    @lambpasty I would buy beers from breweries such as these, even Sam Adams, and follow this advice.

    More importantly, I would take this as an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of the more subtle styles. Hefeweizens, Pilsners, Helles, non-imperial stouts, English ales...etc. tend to cost far less than your local 4 pack of a 16 oz. IPA.

    I could happily rock 6/12 packs of Notch's Pils/Saison, Smutty's Hayseed, and Sierra Nevada's Summerfest all season long.
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  24. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (162) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    I did $50/month for a while. There are great bottle shops in the twin cities that have huge singles collections.
    Do it with cash, too east to lose track with credit cards and it keeps you honest.
    This lasted for me until I got into BA stouts....
  25. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Swing over the border to NH and Market Basket has 10-11 dollar 12 pack sales each week. Something is usually worth while.
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  26. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Urquell 12-packs are also reasonable ($16-18) and can be found fresh regularly now.
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  27. elucas730

    elucas730 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 New York

    For me, cutting it out altogether would be easier. I'm in this for the discovery, for the experience, and for the community. Buying cases of the same beer and sitting at home drinking alone just to drink or to get a buzz or to self medicate doesn't appeal to me. At that point, it stops being a hobby and starts becoming something else.
  28. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,970) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    I do have a question for people who mention Costco: do you have to be a member to go into the liquor store? I know Sam's Club you don't.
  29. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    If I had to, sure. But since I don't...
  30. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    This is a myopic view of the situation.

    With the amounts the OP is drinking, it doesn't sound like he would be getting much of a buzz and/or self-medicating.

    Just because you drink less, choose to drink at home, and drink "cheaper" beer, doesn't mean you're relegated to just one beer or even style of beer. Moreover, having multiple beers during a session of a more subtle style can yield an even greater experience than sipping on one "flavor bomb". It might take a few pints to truly discover all the nuances and flavors in some lower ABV styles.

    I completely empathize with going out to a bar, beer fest, and/or event, socializing and experiencing all that is this lovely hobby. But just because you sit at home and drink a beer or three, doesn't make it any less of a hobby or experience if that's what you enjoy doing.
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  31. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,994) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I may as well put in a plug for DAB as well - a great value for $6.99 a sixer of pint cans.

    Lately I've been getting Kostrizer Schwarzbier, Bitburger and Benediktiner Helles for $4.99 a four pack of pint cans, although that was probably just a distributor dump and won't be that cheap again. Still, worth looking out for.

    I love having stuff like that handy and never regret buying it - something I can't always say about 'craft ' beers.
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  32. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    Posting to watch thread. I used to spend about 40 bucks every two weeks on beer, but it has caught up with me. No longer can I buy a variety pack plus a few bombers (Thanks Wicked Weed for pumping out new sours weekly...) and a baby single or two. It sucks to have a less full fridge. But my wallet is more full. I just bought trader joes coffee FFS :slight_frown:
  33. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (288) May 24, 2014 Alabama

    I do 25.00 a week so 100.00 a month should be doable for most folks. 50.00 per month would take me out of the craft world and into Nascar drinking
  34. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (177) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Hell no. Not even close.
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  35. tjwarren

    tjwarren Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    Me too - a buying problem - I love the merry clank of beer bottles in the car.
  36. tjwarren

    tjwarren Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    In order to be happy I could live on Brooklyn Lager and Two Hearted alone if need be and not suffer. At 9 beers a week that would run me about $60 per month. I figure I am worth the extra $10.
  37. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Aspirant (208) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee

    I had to save for a trip to Europe and survived on 15 packs of All Day IPA for a few months.
  38. DirtyDawg10

    DirtyDawg10 Initiate (132) Apr 5, 2016 Connecticut

    My Son told me yesterday that if I didn't spend so much money on beer we would be like he's been talking to his Mom about this. I could probably spend a lot less on beer than I do but I don't have any plans to change that right now. Variety is the spice of life, especially when talking about beer.
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  39. dcall384

    dcall384 Aspirant (287) Aug 9, 2011 Indiana

    I am currently on a craft break. The wife and I have plans of doing home improvement stuff and saving for a kid in the future. Now I buy a case of some type of AAL (I don't mind them.) and a six pack of a craft that is $10 or less. This tends to last me the whole month. I drink a good beer, then sip on a few AAL's. Sometimes the only thing I have to buy the next month is another $10 six pack. Also lost about 10lbs not drinking so much craft. :grinning:
  40. Andy1010

    Andy1010 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 Indiana

    I typically grab a case of Bud or PBR and variety pack of something like SN and maybe a pick 6 or two and that keeps me under $50 easily. Drinking some PBR primarily and mixing in the craft beers occasionally keeps the budget low. If I wasn't on a budget I would just buy SN and some local beers by the case!
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