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

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  1. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (439) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    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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  2. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (97) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    sierra nevada pale ale
  3. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,553) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    stone or lagunitas IPA
  4. SirDirkDiggler77

    SirDirkDiggler77 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013

    Genny cream is always available at my local craft bar. 3.50 a pint.
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  5. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (586) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Industry Beer Trader

    we usually have Allagash White or Lag IPA for 5 bucks
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  6. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (528) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    This. $12.99 12 packs almost anywhere.
    Lagunitas isn't exactly cheaper... Nor is Stone.
  7. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,230) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    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.
  8. RJLarse

    RJLarse Poo-Bah (1,619) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    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

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Are you makin' fun of me?
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  10. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (439) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    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.
  11. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (369) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    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.
  12. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    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.
  13. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    Tons of places in Seattle that sell craft brews for $4-$5 /pint.
  14. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    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
  15. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    Anyone who charges you more than $6 for a pint of SNPA is not worthy of your dollars.
  16. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    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
  17. anth0ny

    anth0ny Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Michigan

    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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  18. Flight0011

    Flight0011 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Washington

    I consider Henry Weinhard's to be a cheapie, but its one of my favorite cheapies!
  19. vthippie

    vthippie Initiate (146) Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    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
  20. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Sessions for 5? most of the bars where i live sell it for 2-3!:sunglasses: I'm not too impressed with sessions, it reminds me of all the other bmc options out there.
  21. david23

    david23 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2004 New York

    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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  22. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    SNPA or Sam Adams Boston Lager.
  23. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Virginia

    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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  24. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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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.
  25. ballslaponthefartbox

    ballslaponthefartbox Initiate (105) Jan 29, 2013

    I would say Lagunitas, Brooklyn or Flying Dog. All reasonably priced 6 packs and should be reasonably priced on tap.
  26. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    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+.
  27. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    Good locals.

    If you have Naragansett I would go with that every time.
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  28. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2012 Missouri

    Blue Moon, Shock Top, etc...
  29. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    He said cheapie not crappy :stuck_out_tongue:
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  30. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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.
  31. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    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.
  32. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    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.
  33. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Fuller's London Pride.
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  34. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    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.
  35. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    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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  36. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    At the very least put the aging keg of IPA or APA at a discount for $3-$5/pint
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Anchor Steam.
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  38. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

  39. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    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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  40. magpiemarie

    magpiemarie Initiate (120) Dec 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    Long Trail...good staple in my fridge.
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