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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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    12 oz.

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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. ;-)

    Yes, I am a beer snob, lol.
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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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