Monday, July 6, 2009

Audience Participation: Cheap Beer

NPR ran a story on the Washington Post's blind tasting of cheap beers (had to be less than $6 for a six-pack). This is something that we have in the works and will be bringing you ... well ... as soon as we can get schedules coordinated to do it.

In the meantime, I was thinking about this over the holiday weekend as I found myself suffering with Miller High Life and Coors Light at Summerfest (though both Lakefront and Milwaukee Ale House both have facilities there - unfortunately I didn't see them before I had bought my beer - it was the first time I had been to Summerfest).

We had New Glarus' Naked with fireworks which I enjoy considerably more than Spotted Cow. Furthermore's Oscura made it into the mix for Concerts on the Square last week. Of course, neither of those meet the sub-$6 requirement. Unfortunately ingredients and general economies of scale issues prevent the good stuff for selling less than $6 for a six-pack. This is why I find myself buying 22s and 750s, many of which can be found for less than $6.

We've already talked about my latest obsession with Coors Banquet. So, what do you grab for less than $6 a six-pack?

22 comments:

  1. Twelve-packs of Capital Amber cans for $9.99, boyeeeee!

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  2. Yeah, I like those Capital cans. They're really handy - fit into a golf cart really well :) And pretty reasonably priced, too.

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  3. I haven't seen the capital cans, where can you get them?
    For me, it's all about the Grain Belt.

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  4. I've seen Capital cans at most major grocery and liquor retailers. I think Woodman's stacks them in the center of the aisle in the beer section; pretty sure Steve's has them inside the walk-in cooler.

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  5. Mmmmn Grain Belt. An ear of corn in every bottle. I like to put a little butter and salt on the lip for the full effect....

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  6. Schlitz or Keystone Ice. I'd get Capital in cans if I could find them more easily. This topic generated a lot of heat/hate when I wrote about it for 77 Square:

    http://77square.com/food/features/story_440438

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  7. Coors Light, as it is a dual purpose beer. You can buy a six-pack, drink five in the evening and put the other one outside your bedroom window. When you wake up in the morning look out the windowe and check out what color the mountain is on the label. If it is white, put on shorts. If it is blue, long pants.
    Who could ask for anything more in a beer?

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  8. Katjusa, I remember having seen that article at the time, but forgot to link to it. Thanks for doing so. New Glarus does a great job of providing great beer at affordable prices, though not sub-$6.

    Not sure why the Capital cans are so hard to find. I've seen them around quite a bit.

    And, I had my first Grain Belt a few weeks back and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, distance prevents it from being enjoyed more frequently.

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  9. LaCrosse. $13/30-pack.

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  10. It's summer in Wisconsin - you need to live the High Life! (or get PBR'd)
    WooHoo!!

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  11. Grain Belt or Schlitz Gusto for me. I also do like the occasional ice-cold Budweiser on a hot day.

    I've never had much of a problem finding Capital cans, but I'm usually buying in Middleton which may explain things. I personally find a twelve-pack of US Pale cans is the perfect complement for a tailgating excursion.

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  12. I find Capital cans at Sentry Hilldale. Where do you Grain Belt in Madison? I also thoroughly support Point - Well Made.

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  13. Woodman's on Milwaukee sells cold Capital cans.

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  14. That's Milwaukee the street, not the city.

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  15. Not quite under $6, but I always a 12er of Huber bottles provides some reliable brewed refreshment.

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  16. James, good point on the ... errr ... Point. I really like a nice cold Point Amber.

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  17. James T: Grain Belt is at Woodmans and Star Liquor.

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  18. Rush River is found for under $6 at Sentry, which I think is a hell of a deal. Their Unforgiven amber is pretty solid.

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  19. Grain Belt also can be had in Black Earth at Vintage Liquors. Nice folks, nice store.

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  20. I was for years a Leine's original guy. Mostly returnables and then when they went away I was converted to cans. Man, that beer stays cold. Now however I have become a convert to the Schlitz Gusto. Man that is good. I will still drink cans of Leine's and Point Special is darn good too (not to mention if I am spending the money The Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner is just killer).

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