What is a beer you love to the core, but its just too f**king expensive to get regularly?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by LarrysDeerGut, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. LarrysDeerGut

    LarrysDeerGut Aspirant (225) Sep 14, 2017 Illinois

    This doesn't apply to super well off beer advocate members, but I can't imagine their fridges are filled with $17 bottles of Lost Abbey beers. I'm a grad student and don't make that much, but I'm such a sucker for 22oz bottles and imported Belgian ales. I don't mind paying for stuff like that occasionally, but if I was a doctor or something I'd drink $5 12oz tripels all the time. Clearly more expensive does not automatically correlate with better quality, but there are a ton of exceptionally good beers that cost $0.50+ per fluid once. So I ask the readers of this forum; is there a beer you really love, but it just bites at your wallet too much to get frequently?
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  2. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (678) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    All of them

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  3. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (322) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    There are a ton. The Abyss ($17) and variants ($24). Prairie Bomb! comes to mind. Chimay Blue was $4.50 a 12 ounce last year and is now $7.99 for some reason. It is sadly not in my fridge often. Adroit Theory makes possibly the best plain RIS I've ever had in Dia De Los Muertos, but at $14 with no additives or barrel aging it's too much.

    I'll even throw in a lower abv beer: Allagash White. It drives me crazy that they charge typical $9.99 6 pack prices for a 4 pack. I just bought two 4 packs for the first time in a long time. However, I would buy a shit ton of it if they would just sell it in 6 packs with a slight mark up. It is hard to justify purchasing with my current budget. Anyways, I listed more than one beer, but like I said, there are a ton.
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  4. zid

    zid Savant (931) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    JW Lees Harvest Ale
  5. Amendm

    Amendm Disciple (390) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island

    Easy one for me, all of the beers from Maine Beer Co. (BRING BACK WEEZ) and most of the beers imported from Belguim.
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  6. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,468) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    Sinclecut. Grimm. Maine, are the best examples of a price range including many others priced too high for my taste. Love 'em, won't pay that price.
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  7. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,682) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    If they're too expensive, I don't love them.

    Just like feminine companionship.

  8. Shanex

    Shanex Moderator (1,251) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Pretty much ever Prairies products .
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  9. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,618) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Commercial Suicide by Jester King. It runs $9 a 750, 2.9% English Dark Mild. I guess I shouldn't bitch, that isn't but like $4.50 a pour, but I just can't bring myself to buy it more consistently because that is like a 6 pack of any other beer.
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  10. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (288) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    You sir, are a genius.
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  11. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Disciple (310) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Came here to say Singlecut and Maine Beer Co....Dave beat me to it...
  12. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,168) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Prairie Pirate Bomb and Pirate Noir at $10 to $12 each. If I could get it year-round and if it were more reasonably priced, I wouldn't drink anything else, not even water. So, I tend to drink other BA beers that are a lot cheaper, under $5. I stock up on Pirate Bomb/Noir when I can find it, but have to pace myself so I have it year-round.
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  13. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,953) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Bourbon Paradise was around $15 a 12oz bottle around here. Absolute delight of a beer from the pour to the last sip, but the price makes that beer difficult to bring a bottle home.
  14. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,357) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    So true on Abyss, even mores for me now because I'd need to pay shipping
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  15. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,357) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I also enjoy buying Chimay for home, but when I'm out and see them for like $14+/bottle, no thank you
  16. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,177) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    Anything Cantillon.
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  17. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,168) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    What is your definition of "super well off"?
  18. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,468) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    For me it's a guy who can order a case of Cascade delivered to his house, and get his Bruery HS allotment, and it doesn't break the weekly beer budget.
  19. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,953) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I've never tried a single one of their beers just due to price alone. I bet they're good, but damn. One bottle is going to put a strain on my budget.
  20. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,953) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Crazy thing is you can get their stuff at the brewery for under 20 Euros a bottle, but as soon as it crosses that threshold out of there - the mark-up is insane. Even shops just a mile away from the brewery feature a hearty mark-up.
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  21. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (838) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    There is no need to pay $14.00 a bottle for Chimay in North NJ. Easy to find for less than $12,00.
  22. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,468) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    I chipped in on a case once, and it totally blew the beer budget. Only Cascades I have purchased, due to high price. They are very delicious.
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  23. Mikexw

    Mikexw Savant (949) Mar 3, 2014 New York
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    Avery is similar to Prairie -- their BA beers like Tweak, Uncle Jacob's, etc -- I think the lowest price I've seen for those is $14 for a $12 oz bottle.
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  24. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Zealot (559) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    Duchesse de Bourgogne is one of the few "perfect score" beers for me, and mild enough that I would totally drink it more if it costs less. I don't mind other favorites like Uncle Jacob's Stout or J. W. Lees costing more because they aren't beers I'd want to drink often anyway.
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  25. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,177) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    I have been lucky enough to have a friend who can get it . I also have broken down if I see if on Craft Beer Kings once in awhile. i always think damn this is expensive but it tastes sooo good. I figure I also may spend $16 on a four pack I do not like so may as well treat myself sometimes to beer I love.
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  26. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    I'd drink traditional Trappist beer every day, if I could, but those sessions would get expensive. Same goes for other Belgian Abbey style beers.
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  27. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,117) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Augustiner, EKU, Jever. Not necessarily in that order.
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  28. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Disciple (321) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    The Bruery... Almanac....
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  29. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,521) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I recently picked up a case of Jever for around $42, which is pretty reasonable for around here.

    I frequently consider seeing if I can get a case discount on Schlenkerla beers, because I don't get them as frequently as I'd like at $5 a pop.
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  30. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,680) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    The folks I do business around here are more than happy to order a full case of beer for me since they know I'll be buying the whole case from them. So far they've succeeded and the per bottle/can price of the case has always been less than the price of a single bottle/can off the shelf.
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  31. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,117) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    That is pretty good. You still have places that discount for cases? Not many case-selling retailers around here anymore. The sixers all get shelved.
  32. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,439) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    I didn't notice Russian River listed yet. I've had most of them, and really love a few of them, but I just can't afford them.
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  33. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,442) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Cascade, Tilquin and barrel aged Chimay Blue.
  34. Vason

    Vason Initiate (117) Feb 19, 2008 Ohio

    Gulden Draak, DeuS - Brut des Flandres, most of Hoppin' Frog
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  35. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Site Editor (2,747) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    The Evil Twin imperial stout bombers
  36. JuliusPepperwood

    JuliusPepperwood Aspirant (209) Jul 21, 2013 North Carolina

    Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, had a bomber a few years back and really enjoyed it but now it's around $10 for a single tallboy which turns me off whenever I see it on the shelf.

    Alesmith Speedway Stout cans, same as above.
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  37. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,442) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Taking this even a step further and specifically going with their maple/bourbon stuff.
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  38. BeanBump

    BeanBump Disciple (326) Dec 14, 2016 California

    Duck Duck Gooze
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  39. joaopmgoncalves

    joaopmgoncalves Meyvn (1,423) Dec 17, 2012 Portugal

    Jester King SPON. And mostly all Bokkereyders.
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  40. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,423) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Chimay is one, love it but the price keeps them to special occasions.
    Prairie is the other, like the beer but the cost is way too high to enjoy them all the time.
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