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    Less expensive good beer.

    I enjoy The beers of DFH, Stone and Bell to name a few. The question I have is which "micro" or "craft" beers do you like that are somewhat less expensive.

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    Not sure they are craft brews but Full Sail is hard to beat when on a budget.

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    I think it might depend on where you live. Often, where I live, local beers are a good deal. Also, are you talking 6 packs or the 22 oz. bottle?

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    To put it into perspective for you guys: Here in Norway, a typical micro brewery beer usually costs $11-12 per bottle and upwards.
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    Pretty much each week that I'm at the grocery store I check out the beer section to see what's on sale. Every couple months, 12 packs of Sierra Nevada is on sale for $12.99. When that happens I stock up, mostly on their Torpedo IPA. So, my answer is watch for sales and buy when it's cheap.

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    +1 for Sierra Nevada stuff. Also try New Belgium Ranger. Decent IPA for the price and easy to find.

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    In Oregon, Deschutes beers are a really good deal. I often find them for $6.99 per sixer. If the OP is in California, which might be the case based on the beers mentioned, then Sierra Nevada beers and perhaps Lagunitas beers might be reasionable. I kind of go by the under/over $8 rule. Under is cheap, over starts getting expensive depending upon how high you're willing to go. But beer is cheap where I live, and $8 is kind of the center line. Many states the sixer price starts at $10.

    I'd say if you have a Costco nearby, go check out the prices/selection. One of the regular posters on here was claiming he could get a case of Ballast Point 22oz for $24. I wouldn't expect to find that deal, but still. Also, hit up Trader Joes or World Market if you have them in the area. Good deals can be found there.

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    Re: Less expensive good beer.

    Love when the Sierra stuff is on sale. A lot of Sam Adams goes on sale pretty regularly around here... Which seems rather odd (I'm in MD), but i usually pick up 2 6 packs because they're $7.99 each and the 12 packs are $16.48 each. Not sure what that's about. Lol

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    In cali Firestone is getting more and more prevalant at decent prices < $8 for the Union Jack or DBA. of course cant go wrong with the SNPA when on sale.

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    If you like unfiltered wheat beers, the Trader Joe's branded beer (Joseph Brau, I think) is brewed and bottled by Gordon Biersch and is quite good. I like their bock beers once in a while, as well.

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    I find Lagunitas to always be a pretty good value.

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    There's not really enough difference in price for most beers for me to base my decision on price. If a 6er costs 8.50 or 10 bucks I'm not going to pick an inferior one to save a buck or two.

    Of course there are beers that I don't buy because of the price. I have real dislike for 4 packs. In fact, I hate friggin 4 packs. Worst idea in the history of the world. I feel I have a moral obligation to never buy 4 packs.

    I used to buy a lot of Greenflash Hop Head Red, until they decided to take away 2 beers and charge the same friggin price. Adios M1@3 F*&&^ers.

    Despite my moral obligation, sometimes I become weak, and succumb to the enticement of Maui Brewing Coconut Porter, or Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA 4 packs, but I always hate myself afterward
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    There's not really enough difference in price for most beers for me to base my decision on price. If a 6er costs 8.50 or 10 bucks I'm not going to pick an inferior on to save a buck or two.

    Of course there are beers that I don't buy because of the price. I have real dislike for 4 packs. In fact, I hate friggin 4 packs. Worst idea in the history of the world. I feel I have a moral obligation to never buy 4 packs.

    I used to buy a lot of Greenflash Hop Head Red, until they decided to take away 2 beers and charge the same friggin price. Adios M1@3 F*&&^ers.

    Despite my moral obligation, sometimes I become weak, and succumb to the enticement of Maui Brewing Coconut Porter, or Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA 4 packs, but I always hate myself afterward
    I like your style. My moral compass starts going heywire once a 12oz beer hits $3, a 22oz beer hits $6, and a six pack climbs over $10. I only break those price points when I really want to try something new, or a beer that has gotten great reviews.

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    Not a fan of 4 packs either but sometimes you gotta bite the bullet. Cigar City only puts their White Oak Jai Alai and Humidor Jai Alai in 4 packs. I jump on them when I can but for the most part, stay away from 4 packs.

    Back on topic, Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams 12 packs go on sale for 12.99 quite often. Always a good bargain to fill the fridge.

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    +1 for the Costco Idea, if you are looking to buy in Bulk, they are the place to go. There are two Costco's near my house and they regularly have larger packs of 12 or 22oz bottles sold for much cheaper than the regular stores.

    Unfortunately I cannot take advantage of this because I only buy specialty beers. I don't drink as much as I collect. It is a terrible hobby.
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    Firestone Pale31 or Ranger are my two go-to beers when I'm not drinking the pricey stuff. Blue Moon is my go-to Vegas beer because it can be found in every casino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndinh View Post
    Blue Moon is my go-to Vegas beer because it can be found in every casino.
    Blue Moon is not craft beer. It is made by Coors.
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    Yep, but it's not bad in Vegas where your choices are very limited and IMO, it qualifies as 'less expensive good beer'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndinh View Post
    Yep, but it's not bad in Vegas where your choices are very limited and IMO, it qualifies as 'less expensive good beer'.
    It is Vegas, I am sure you can get any kind of beer you want, and no the term "good" and anything made by Coors, Miller or Bud cannot go in the same sentence. Go watch Beer Wars and you will see why nothing the big three do is good. ;-)

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    I have a buddy who really like medocino brewing. He swears by them, have had the black hawk and it isn't to bad. The white hawk iPa is probably my favorite, the 22's are reasonably priced. If you want to go cheap I would stick with pbr.......
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    If you wanna go cheap, Get Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Of course there are beers that I don't buy because of the price. I have real dislike for 4 packs. In fact, I hate friggin 4 packs. Worst idea in the history of the world. I feel I have a moral obligation to never buy 4 packs.

    I used to buy a lot of Greenflash Hop Head Red, until they decided to take away 2 beers and charge the same friggin price. Adios M1@3 F*&&^ers.
    I had the same reaction, except with their West Coast IPA. I actually emailed them to complain and got a response that they were simply passing along the increased cost of their ingredients. IMO their WC IPA is one of the best out there, along with Ballast Points Sculpin (which is also stupid expensive); both have really great hop profiles. I won't buy either at the store; but when I find it on draft for a reasonable price I'll get 'em.

    Sorry OP,
    Not familiar with what's available in Georgia. I simply have some favorites that I stock up on when they go on sale as others have mentioned.

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    +1 to Sierra Nevada Pale and Torpedo.

    If you accidentally get hooked on belgian ales, then Ommegang is great and relatively inexpensive (although the price has risen).

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    It seems a lot of people think Sierra Nevada is inexpensive beer. In Colorado, in my experience, its roughly the same price as local beers from New Belgum, Left Hand, Odells, etc.

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    My nearest Safeway (Carmel, CA) usually has Lagunitas IPA 12 packs on sale for $12.97 once a month or so.
    The glass is twice as large as it needs to be

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    Life is too cheap to drink cheap beer. If its is a really good beer like a 90 minute IPA or Old Rasputin, I have no problem paying 2.50 per beer in the store, though normally they are $1-$2 a beer. It would be 5 bucks or more at a restaurant/pub.

    I frequent Total Wine and More to get the best deals. Pick up a new 12oz or 22oz that I want to try and get the best price on some sixes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    It seems a lot of people think Sierra Nevada is inexpensive beer. In Colorado, in my experience, its roughly the same price as local beers from New Belgum, Left Hand, Odells, etc.
    It is Cheap because here in Socal I can buy a Case of Pale Ale in Cans for dirt compared to buying a sixxer or bombers of something else. I do not have the price off the top of my head, but Either that or a Case of Stone pale ale at the local Costco IS cheap. It will never be natty ice cheap, but I would never expect it to be.
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    Lagunitas is by far the best value out there. Hop Stoopid is one of my favorite IPA's and it's only $4.99 a bomber around here. Sierra Nevada is also one of the most consistent breweries out there and is always reasonably priced.

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    I have a local mini mart that I frequent for great finds. I am not sure how he does it, but here are some of his recent deals...

    Firestone Double Jack $3.99 4-pack
    Odell IPA $4.99 6-pack
    Odell Lugene $4.99 6-pack
    Bavaria Lager $10.99 24-pack 8-oz cans (not really a craft beer, but good for summer)
    Goose Island Matilda $4.99 6-pack

    Every week or so he gets different stuff in, his stock is plentiful, but you never know what he is going to have. Never had any issues with the quality either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by textbookonewk View Post
    I have a local mini mart that I frequent for great finds. I am not sure how he does it, but here are some of his recent deals...

    Firestone Double Jack $3.99 4-pack
    Odell IPA $4.99 6-pack
    Odell Lugene $4.99 6-pack
    Bavaria Lager $10.99 24-pack 8-oz cans (not really a craft beer, but good for summer)
    Goose Island Matilda $4.99 6-pack

    Every week or so he gets different stuff in, his stock is plentiful, but you never know what he is going to have. Never had any issues with the quality either.
    Those prices are VERY low.

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    I'm frugal but like the good stuff, so I actually calculate my cost per beer by alcohol volume.

    I buy costco cases of Sierra for <$24, so approximately $1.00/beer, but then you'll see Torpedo/Ranger occasionally for $10.99, which has almost 50% more alcohol by volume at about the same cost per beer.

    The only problem with the high gravity stuff is it's not the best option for "one last" beer/nightcap...

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    I find that for a stock the fridge typ type of beer, the Sierra Nevada cans are tough to beat. They are relatively cheap, easy to take to sporting events, camping, etc...because of the cans, and they are consistently good.
    I also really like some of the Brooklyn offerings in cans
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    I'm at the point in life where I agree that it's worth it to pay to drink really good beer. That said, no reason to throw away money.

    Costco here has cases of Stone IPA for $27! For $1.12 a beer, I drink a lot of Stone IPA I've also seen Firestone Union Jack cases for $26. Unfortunately, that's not a regular thing.

    So as others have said, keep any eye on the nearest Costco!
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    One of the best beers for the price in my opinion is Schneider Weisse Aventus, the beer with the purple label. Its dang cheap for almost a bomber size (under $4) has amazing flavor, a bit boozy, but easy to drink. Good reviews online as well.
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    You guys can laugh and make fun of me all you want but nothing goes down as quickly as B- when you are shot-gunning and beer bonging all day long. And it's always dirt cheap comparatively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    You guys can laugh and make fun of me all you want but nothing goes down as quickly as B- when you are shot-gunning and beer bonging all day long. And it's always dirt cheap comparatively.
    Never heard of B- Brand Craft Beer.....

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    Does Fat Tire fit into the conversation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Never heard of B- Brand Craft Beer.....

    Perhaps you should go post in the coors light thread?
    All beer is a "craft" silly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalpete View Post
    Does Fat Tire fit into the conversation?
    Of Course, New Belgium is Craft.


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    All beer is a "craft" silly!
    I hate to get into a pissing match, but no, not all beer is "craft". I can say that with certainty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    I hate to get into a pissing match, but no, not all beer is "craft". I can say that with certainty.
    Here's the definition of the word "craft". It's safe to say that all beer at least originated from being crafted. Unless you are saying that "craft" has a completely, positively, absolutely, no doubt, for surely different meaning when it is applied to the word "beer". In which case, I apologize with my deepest, sincerest sympathy.

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    Sometimes a term is more than just the makeup of it's parts.

    "An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional."
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    "An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional."
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    Well nobody said "American Craft Brew"! And what about European Craft Brew? Not fair to leave them out of this!

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    This thread is asking about less expensive good beer. Bud Light is less expensive good beer!

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    I met get castigated over this, but I like Sam's. Both the Lager and Ale and on occasion there Octoberfest is sometimes real good. Often at good prices at the grocery.
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    When price driven, I really enjoy Yuengling's Porter, or Black & Tan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Life is too cheap to drink cheap beer.
    Amen! It all depeneds on where you live and what you enjoy. Someone from the San Diego or Portland area might think a stronger hoppy beer is good vice someone from San Antonio who doesn't have the variety to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    This thread is asking about less expensive good beer. Bud Light is less expensive good beer!
    please go back to the coors thread, this is a discussion about craft beer, bud light and anything else made by inbev is not craft beer. Go watch beer wars and see how those big companies are trying to ruin things for the small guys and you might left go of those buds.
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    Great cheap beer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Sierra Nevada is drinkable but I don't consider it craft. It is not much cheaper than what I call the Wallyworld-stripmall-redneck variety of beers (e.g., Bud, Coors, etc.).
    You callin' me a redneck?! Them's fightin' words! I'm on my way down from the mountain from up in the sticks to draw a line for you to cross.

    I will bet my left nut that all of you "crafty beer" illusionists would drink Bud or Coors and be just fie with it if ALL others were no longer made and or obtainable. Denial is a hypocritical human quality...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Well you DID post a video with sheep in it in a drinking thread. Just sayin'
    You got somethin' against us sheep herders??? It's hard work out there on the dry, dusty hillside. Surely an ice cold beer is in line after a hard day's work? We could stop herding, ya know??? That would mean no more wool Winter socks for you big city mountain bikers.

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    Real baaaaad...

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    Any man that drinks Bud is liable to do just about anything and is not to be trusted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Actually I will drink a macro brew on occasion, or if I am somewhere that sells nothing else...but that is not what I hope for...
    Precisely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    Any man that drinks Bud is liable to do just about anything and is not to be trusted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    Sierra Nevada is drinkable but I don't consider it craft. It is not much cheaper than what I call the Wallyworld-stripmall-redneck variety of beers (e.g., Bud, Coors, etc.).
    Sierra Nevada was one of the first craft breweries to hit the mainstream. If it (I assume we are talking about their Pale Ale)is no longer craft, then why? Does it depend on quantity brewed? After you make so many millions gallons, does it degrade to a "macro brew"? Would the same apply to Fat Tire or Sam Adams Lager?

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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on draft is one of my "go to" beers as it is everywhere. Beer isn't always supposed to be over the top.

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    I still consider Sam's just as I did so many years ago.
    A great alternative to women inspired watered down beers produced for mass market after prohibition ended.
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    Calling it anything else won't change that.

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    I have no idea.

    What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    I have no idea.

    What do you think?
    I'd call SN Pale Ale (or fat tire, or Sam's) a craft beer, although I'm not sure what that means. In my mind, I think of craft beer as any American beer that isn't a light American style lager from Bud, Coors or Miller.

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    FYI--Sam Adams has won more awards than any other brand in history, both here and abroad!
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    My snubnose is slightly more elevated...I used to love Sierra Nevada but I'm so used to hoppy strong IPAs that lately it tastes a bit bland. It'll do in a pinch. Same with some of Sam Adams' seasonal beers (their Boston Lager doesn't excite me much). On rare occasion, I even like the taste of Bud (that occasion happens about once a year, however).
    Yes times have changed. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale used to be about the hoppiest beer you could find! But remember, they have never called it an IPA. It's a Pale Ale, and I think it is pretty typical in hoppiness compared to a lot of micro brew pales.

    Sierra Nevada makes a damn good Imperial IPA called Hoptimum that I think is around 10% ABV.

    Although the Pale Ale is their flagship beer and super popular, I think overall that the brewery is keeping up as a great one, and they still do a lot of "crafting" of seasonal and small batch styles.

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    Confused by those who repeatedly mentioning "craft" beer in ^this^ thread.
    Does such a creation even exist?
    If so, I've not seen any for < $9 a 6-er.

    So please tell me;
    WTF I've been missing,
    if I'm just a cheap prick,
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    is there a bunch of mtn bikers that are unable to drink less-expensive-good-beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    I think I'm gonna go pick up some Stone IPA. My housemates don't touch it. They think the hoppy taste is nasty.
    Ironically, I used to have a roommate who thought the same thing about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And he drank a lot of other beers of that era (mid 90's) such as anything from Full Sail, lots of Rogue, Pike Brewing, Anchor Brewing, etc...

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    A local taproom I go to has $6 Troegs growlers on Tues. Check your local watering hole for growlers specials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarmark View Post
    A local taproom I go to has $6 Troegs growlers on Tues. Check your local watering hole for growlers specials.
    Where might that be? Would l love to get a full there for that price!

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    I tailgate and we have a "no light beer" rule but we play alot of beer games so we have come to find that the best tasting cheap non light 30 pack is Tecate. but for drinking beer we bring anything and everything that isnt light, from stone to SN to speak easy and 21st A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    I think we need to appoint someone the forum arbiter of what is and is not a "craft beer" so we don't get confuzzled.

    Seriously, I like Fat Tire, and it's available most places I've been to. I have learned it tastes mighty good after a couple of hours of skiing at Mammoth. New Belgium also makes other beers that are very tasty, that I've had at events and at brew pubs in So Cal. I consider it a quality beer.

    My snubnose is slightly more elevated...I used to love Sierra Nevada but I'm so used to hoppy strong IPAs that lately it tastes a bit bland. It'll do in a pinch. Same with some of Sam Adams' seasonal beers (their Boston Lager doesn't excite me much). On rare occasion, I even like the taste of Bud (that occasion happens about once a year, however).
    Craft beer is already defined (in America.) Read here:

    Brewers Association | American Craft Brewer Definition

    Sierra Nevada is definitely still a craft brewery according to the definition (and according to national law which is important for tax reasons). The biggest craft brewery is Boston Beer Co.

    ABInBev and Miller Coors may not be craft companies, but they own breweries that still make craft beer. Goose Island and AC Golden are two prime examples of that. Just because the breweries are owned by multinational conglomerates it doesn't exclude them from producing craft beer.

    Back to the OP, some of the best cheap craft beer comes from the biggest players (economies of scale.) Boston Beer Co, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Lagunitas are all relatively inexpensive and they offer excellent beers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post

    Back to the OP, some of the best cheap craft beer comes from the biggest players (economies of scale.) Boston Beer Co, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Lagunitas are all relatively inexpensive and they offer excellent beers.
    Here in Denver, all those beers are 9 to 10 bucks for a six pack, which is no different than a sixer of Stone, Left Hand, Odells, or most other microbrews. etc. There are more expensive beers, and in 4 packs of course, but to me the question "less expensive good beer" is a hard question to answer. Unless you care about saving 20 cents per beer or whatever, they are mostly all in the same price range. If you find something significantly cheaper (7 bucks a sixer or less) it probably is not of the same quality.

    By the way Martino, I was just in San Diego and went to the new Stone Brewery at Liberty Station. What a place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Here in Denver, all those beers are 9 to 10 bucks for a six pack, which is no different than a sixer of Stone, Left Hand, Odells, or most other microbrews. etc. There are more expensive beers, and in 4 packs of course, but to me the question "less expensive good beer" is a hard question to answer. Unless you care about saving 20 cents per beer or whatever, they are mostly all in the same price range. If you find something significantly cheaper (7 bucks a sixer or less) it probably is not of the same quality.

    By the way Martino, I was just in San Diego and went to the new Stone Brewery at Liberty Station. What a place!
    Yeah it seems that price varies wildly depending on where you are (and state taxes and all that.) I can usually buy Deschutes beer here in California for cheaper than in Bend, OR where it's brewed. Does CO have pretty high taxes? I would've assumed New Belgium wouldn't be too spendy.

    Cool that you were in SD! That Liberty Station place is fantastic - what a huge spot. Stone is doing some cool stuff in SoCal which is nice since the landscape is littered with mediocre chains like Karl Strauss and Rock Bottom. Have you been out to their brewery in Escondido? What else did you hit in SD?

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    Total Wine Has Sierra Nevada Torpedo for 11.99 12 pk all day long, That is a great IPA for the $$.

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