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What do you consider a good "cheapie" option for a craft bar to serve?

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  1. BKBassist

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    Overheard a discussion at work where a coworker, who claimed to like good beer, was upset that the bar he was at didn't have anything below the $6 pricepoint for him to drink. This got me to thinking about craft bars that do offer a cheapie option. Around here, the go to seems to be cans of Narragansett for $4. I think this is perfectly fine. I've also seen bottles of Session at reputable spots around the city.

    Do you think craft bars should have a cheap option, and if so, what do you think it should be?
     
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    sierra nevada pale ale
     
  3. gcamparone

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    stone or lagunitas IPA
     
  4. SirDirkDiggler77

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    Genny cream is always available at my local craft bar. 3.50 a pint.
     
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    we usually have Allagash White or Lag IPA for 5 bucks
     
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    This. $12.99 12 packs almost anywhere.
    Lagunitas isn't exactly cheaper... Nor is Stone.
     
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    I love me some cask beers, but in the States they seem to be way over priced. $6-7 being the norm. I remember in the UK, cask was pretty much universally the better beer than the crap macros, and was cheaper. Anyway, if I find things like Live Oak Hefe, or 512 Pecan Porter for more than $5 that is a rip off. 5 for regular year round stuff, and a bit more for the specialties and one offs. To much otherwise.
     
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    I'm wondering what you are getting for $6? Almost everything around here is less than that. $4.50 is the going rate, which includes most of the Washington, Oregon, California craft brews, sometimes up to $5. The occasional $5.50 can be found. but $6 would be something special. I guess I can count my blessings and my George Washingtons I don't live/drink in NY?

    For me the cheap yet acceptable are the Henry Weinhard line. The Pyramid line works. Session (Full Sail) would do in a pinch.
     
  9. thecheapies

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    Are you makin' fun of me?
     
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    Yeah welcome to NYC pricing. Standard BMc is generally $4-5. Crafts usually start at $5-7, and it's not unusual to see things go into $8-12 territory, especially as the ABV gets higher. There is a place here that has a great selection, terrible bartenders and an awful atmosphere that gets away with having it's prices start at $8 for standard fare like Capt Lawrence, Sixpoint, etc (local brews even!), and anything Belgian/high ABV gets poured seemingly at random volumes for $12. Needless to say I don't frequent that establishment unless they have something I really want.

    The good places (Top Hops, Good Beer) tend to be bottle shops\growler bars that keep things in the $5-7 range.
     
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    I can literally walk down the street to 6 casual eateries that all serve craft drafts at 3-4.
    2 for Lunch and Happy Hour.
     
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    Smutty Finestkind and Robust Porter tend to be the cheaper options back home (other than PBR). I can get Gansett for two bucks around here at most bars, but I don't.
     
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    Tons of places in Seattle that sell craft brews for $4-$5 /pint.
     
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    I sell Stone for $6, Purple Haze, Session btls, Dales cans, etc for $5. Most other taps are from $6 (Local or regional) to $10 (Chimay, 10+%ers). But for Happy Hour all taps are $5
     
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    Anyone who charges you more than $6 for a pint of SNPA is not worthy of your dollars.
     
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    Most craft beers around me are $6, happy hour special $4 (talking draft). The diner I went to tonight had ALOT, and only 10-20% mark up. So where as a HopBack for $4 wasnt the best buy, a Dogfish Head WWS for $9 was AWESEOME. (120 min for $16 but WWS for $9 didn't make sense)

    So a 'cheapie' would be a DFH 6 min for $2
     
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    I think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an excellent option, I would also suggest Bell's Two Hearted, a lot of people seem
    to like that and there are a couple of 'regular' bars in my area that serve it quite cheap. Personally I think no matter where you are, a bar that serves craft beer should always have a cheap, local pale ale or something made in the area.
     
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    I consider Henry Weinhard's to be a cheapie, but its one of my favorite cheapies!
     
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    Generally is a local, fairly high output brewery, being in VT we usually see things like Long Trail, Magic Hat, Otter Creek and Harpoon as the cheapies ($2.50/pint happy hour is the cheapest I think I've seen). Normal prices usually range from $3.50-$5/pint
     
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    Sessions for 5? most of the bars where i live sell it for 2-3!:cool: I'm not too impressed with sessions, it reminds me of all the other bmc options out there.
     
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    Here in Rochester Genesee Bock has just been released so the pre-spring ritual is hoisting a couple pints of the local brew. At $2.00 a pint on Friday at a local bar I can deal with it.
     
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    SNPA or Sam Adams Boston Lager.
     
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    Dale's Pale

    I live in the Burbs outside of DC and I can relate. I will not go into the city because Amstel is $7... but out in northern VA you can generally find any SN offering for less than 6 and almost any pale ale. find some places with happy hours. I know those generally are for BMC but some might have a craft offering
     
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    I find that here in VT a number of beer locations are starting to carry less celebrabrated craft beers at reasonable prices. Decent brews pretty cheap. That's a win/win in my book, cheap beer and exposure for the smaller breweries.
     
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    I would say Lagunitas, Brooklyn or Flying Dog. All reasonably priced 6 packs and should be reasonably priced on tap.
     
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    hey fellow NY'er.
    black boss porter is a good stand by. A single bottle is something like $3.50 at my local (LI) bev center.
    Actually, my bev center has a giant rack of single (generally 12 oz) craft bottles for $2.50-$6 each.
    At a bar, nada. not by me. a pint of craft drawn from a tap generally begins at $7. Bottles are 8+.
     
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    Good locals.

    If you have Naragansett I would go with that every time.
     
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    Blue Moon, Shock Top, etc...
     
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    He said cheapie not crappy :p
     
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    Gansett gets the nod around my place too. This bums me out because, when out at a bar, I prefer to have more sessionable beers (that don't leave me broke). Gansett is fine, but I am not that big of a fan. I wish there were more inexpensive session beers available on tap.
     
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    Ding ding!
    I'm going to echo the comments of Lagunita's...their price point is right on. Also most year round Bell's products come in at no more than $40 a case, so that should put in the right ball park.
     
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    New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, BBC/Sam Adams all make a wide range of good quality lower-priced craft beer. I'd be happy to see just about anything from them on tap as a cheap option.
     
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    Fuller's London Pride.
     
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    Not sure about its keg price (its the lowest craft six pack price in my area @ $8.99), but i would be happy to drink Widmer Drifter at $5 /pint at a bar.

    If Narraganset made its summer ale available all year, I would say that.
     
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    Your profile indicates you are from Brooklyn and I presume you work somewhere in NYC. If your co-worker is getting $6 pints anywhere in the 5 boroughs of NYC, I consider $6 a "cheapie" option.
     
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    At the very least put the aging keg of IPA or APA at a discount for $3-$5/pint
     
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    I think if I was out and the price point was making the decision for me instead of the desire particular beer, I'd look more for a brewery that I trusted. For example I'd drink anything from Lagunitas. I'd also be more willing to give an unknown local brewery a chance at that price point.
     
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    Long Trail...good staple in my fridge.
     
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