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

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BKBassist, Jan 30, 2013.

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  1. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    Fat Tire... $3.50 a pint
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  2. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Feb 22, 2011 California

    This joint has over 70 taps of pure gold (with few exceptions) and not a one is over $6.50. Coincidentally, the proprieter also owns Golden Road.
  3. mmireles

    mmireles May 18, 2005 Texas

    Well here in Texas... Shiner Bock or Saint Arnold beers. During happy hours you can sometimes find them for $2-$3 for a pint.
  4. PyramidAnyone

    PyramidAnyone Mar 3, 2010 California

    Narragansett is definitely a good cheapie go to.
  5. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Maybe a conversion item like Shiner Bock or Dundee's Honey Brown. Those are still considered to be pretty good and are usually even cheaper than Stone, Sam, NB, SN, etc.
  6. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Colt .45 Double Malt!!!
  7. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    Isn't this more of a "bars with good prices on craft beers" conversation, rather than a "craft beers I can find for cheap on draft?" Here in Richmond Joe's Inn has $2.50 pints of all their brews on draft for happy hour, I don't go anywhere else if I can help it. When I do though it's pretty easy to find Souther Tier IPA, Loose Cannon, and Fat Tire(I would NEVER...) on draft all priced as "cheapies." ::Sidebar:: I have no need for bars this weekend Hopslam and Nugget Nectar are both in and I am stocked up. Cheers
  8. ghostly

    ghostly Mar 7, 2011 New York

    For quite a while in NYC the respectable low end item was PBR. Narragansett is a decent bet these days, but usually there's nothing. I can't think of any below $6 that aren't happy hour specials.
  9. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Beat me to it :)
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    PKPUNCH Jan 24, 2013 California

    arrogant bastard
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  11. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Widmer Drifter Pale Ale
  12. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Right now at my local craft bar you can get.....

    Two Hearted $4.50
    Centennial $5.50
    Fat Tire (Ha!) $4.50
    Ommegang Rare Vos $4.50
    Upland (local) Wheat $4
  13. wesbray

    wesbray Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Anchor Steam
  14. pitweasel

    pitweasel Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Almost everywhere I go, the difference in price - if any - is pennies. Why fall back on Pale Ale?

    Alternate options: anything from Great Lakes. Back home it retailed for the same as Sierra Nevada, and things like Edmund Fitz would make for a mighty fine "cheapie" beer.
  15. russmann

    russmann Oct 3, 2007 Idaho

    SNPA is a go-to at bars that aren't craft beer oriented, or Boston Lager if it's *really* not craft oriented. If I'm at a craft bar, typically a local craft will be cheaper than a long distance craft, and drinking local has other added benefits.
  16. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Aug 15, 2011 New Jersey

    I know from expierence that long trail kegs are cheap (even the brewmaster series) and those beers are all pretty decent. I back sessions, full sail in general is a little cheaper (not by much) here in nj than most stuff, so is brooklyn.
  17. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts
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  18. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Jul 16, 2011 Georgia
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    Around here sweetwater 420
  19. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Going to depend a lot on what your locality is, but in general, Hoegaarden, Fat Tire, SNPA and the like.
  20. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    As others have said, I think the best thing to do is go with a local pale ale, witbier, or amber ale which can be sold at a decent rate (in the NY area anything under $5 that's a reasonable craft is a steal). SN, DFH, Goose Island, Fat Tire, etc. Bell's Two Hearted is a great find in places its available as its usually not too expensive.
  21. AventinusCam

    AventinusCam Dec 31, 2008 Maryland

    Victory Prima Pils. Anything Great Lakes.
  22. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Lagunitas or Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Crazy that a six pack of Sucks is 10.99 and Brown Shuggah was 9.99 at my store, and Sierra Nevada six packs are always like 8.99 near me.
  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    A hipster but cool spot. I just wish they offered all of the beers as tasters instead of their selected flight(s).
  24. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    Up here in Arcata they have a place with $2 pints during happy hour of Lagunitas IPA, Boont Amber, Mad River XP and DIPA, Mendocino Oatmeal, and others. We've also gotten $2 pints of Lagunitas Capuccino Stout, Brother David's Trippel, and Brown Shugga when they were on tap. So we go to that place all the time
  25. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    This is typically what i do.
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  26. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Feb 22, 2011 California

    This is true. TONS of hipsters about.
  27. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    I agreed until Fest came out a few years ago. That beer is really good for $9 / 12 pack.
  28. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    sierra nevada, lagunitas, or maybe even magic hat...
  29. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Yeah, i am thinking of the original lager. I am still not convinced it is any different than red stripe ;), i'm going to have to do a side by side to prove I'm full of it as its been years since I've tried either.
  30. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    yeah session lager and black lager are both less than good. Fest is where it's at. Again, I'm considering price point when i say that.
  31. basscram

    basscram Mar 29, 2006 Maine

    low grav beers from lost coast,victory,sierra nevada of course,great divide,lagunitas,dogfish head,shipyard,any local breweries in your state as well, here would be Cigar city brewing, etc.
  32. jman005

    jman005 Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    abita jackamo, brooklyn lager, sierra nevada torpedo/pale ale
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  33. sukwonee

    sukwonee Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I sometimes see Old Rasputin on Nitro for 5-6 dollars a pint at local bars. Not bad.
  34. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap Pils (or Fire Eagle IPA)
    Hops and Grain Alt
    Shiner Bock
  35. RJLarse

    RJLarse Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    Wow! I hope ya'll have big city incomes to go with that price list.

    So just fore the sake of conversation, what are grocery store prices for things like six-packs?

    Horace Greeley said "Go West, young man." He must have foretold the craft been industry. ;-)
  36. beertunes

    beertunes Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Up around here in the Fourth Corner, you'll see Alaskan Amber, Fat Tire, and/or Mac n Jacks Amber a lot of places that aren't really "craft" beer bars. Generally in the $4 range.
  37. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    I would think a local beer would be cheaper and worth a shot. Lower ABV should equal lower $$.
  38. FEUO

    FEUO Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Its all a matter of perspective.
    Under $6 in some areas is only BMC, in other areas $6 will buy you walez.
  39. Kerrie

    Kerrie Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    I'm used to $4-5 pints in my area. Some places have deals where the pints are either $2 or half priced on Sundays, and another bar has their bottles $1 off on Sundays. Guess where my boyfriend and I bike to on summer weekends? ;)
  40. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    SNPA for $3-4/pint.
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