Beer Snobbery On a Budget

A great local magazine called Buffalo Spree just published an entire beer issue and they were kind enough to do an entire feature on KegWorks. We finally got around to reading some of the other content and we were really impressed with what we found. An article titled "17 beers to impress your beer-snob friends (without breaking the bank)" gave some great tips for those just getting into craft beer and that inspired me to come up with my own list. So here are my suggestions for drinking better, on a budget.

Liz’s List of Top 5 Reasonably Priced Quality Brews

  • Genny Bock – I grew up in Rochester, NY and my dad drinks Genny on the regular. I’d rather not drink at all than have a regular Genny or Genny Light but the Bock is seriously good stuff – especially for the price. It’s ridiculously cheap (you can get a 12-pack for $7.99) yet legitimately good and absurdly drinkable.
  • Full Sail Session Black – The bottles look like the Red Stripe stubby but I like what’s inside so much better. I’m a big fan of the roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate. It really is drinkable (especially for a darker beer) and it’s regularly on special for $2.50 at one of my favorite bars.
  • Lagunitas IPA – It’s fairly mild for an IPA and I like that. I also like that I can buy a bottle for $4 and a 6-pack at my local grocery store only costs me $9.99.
  • Anything by Ommegang – I stole this suggestion from the Buffalo Spree article, but it’s too good to leave out. A 4-pack of Ommegant Witte or Rare Vos Amber Ale goes for $8.79 at my local supermarket and while you can get a bomber of their Abbey Ale or Hennepin for $6.99.
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company Beers- their IPA, Porter, Pale Ale and Star Island Single all go for $8.99 a six-pack where I shop. Although none of those make my list of all-time favorite beers, they all quench your thirst and taste better than the average brew at a reasonable price.

What’s your favorite budget brew?



  • Dan March 16, 2011 @ 2:39pm

    Actually, and this isn’t something I necessarily go out of my way to promote, I really like Genny. As far as non-craft beer goes it’s the best I’ve had. I do agree with you on the whole, though: I drink beer because I want to drink beer, not because I want to drink, and so if my choices are Bud, Bud Light and Coors Light I’ll have water*. The only time I’ve bad Bud or Bud Light is when my brother in law handed me a BL at a picnic and I didn’t feel like being a snob. It tasted like… nothing.

    * sex in a canoe

  • Liz March 16, 2011 @ 5:25pm

    Well said, Dan. As weird as it sounds, I don’t mind Bud Light Lime at picnics when macro beers are my only options – it’s rather refreshing on a hot day.

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