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Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Budget: Great Lakes Brewing Company – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

In the Budget column, I strive to write about beers that taste better than they cost.  Tonight’s entry fits squarely in that territory – an excellent exemplar of a style, that won’t even come close to breaking the bank. In this post, I take a look at the Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Great Lakes, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is “committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Budget: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Budget: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

In the wake of my recent visit to the Tröegs Brewing Company, I wanted to take a look at a beer that’s been a budget staple of mine for quite some time.  Old Dominion‘s Oak Barrel Stout is a staple of the Old Dominion line of beers, and not difficult to find on tap in the areas it’s sold.  Being a fan of this style, I always try to have some on hand. Variety packs by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Old Dominion Brewing, Stout

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

I’m known for my, well, “inexpensive” tastes in beer.  One of the greatest rewards in my craft beer quest is finding those special brews that offer taste competitive with the big and rare beers, for a fraction of the price.  In the interest of furthering this pursuit, an interesting idea popped into my head while browsing the aisles of Total Wine & More Chantilly. As I passed a Stone Brewing Company display, I noticed sixers of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Imperial IPA, IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Budget: What Does “Budget” Mean, Anyway?

Budget: What Does “Budget” Mean, Anyway?

Last week, I picked myself up a four-pack of Founders Brewing Company Breakfast Stout for $9.99.  I didn’t even think about the purchase; it was a total impulse buy at under $10.  This is a great beer, and I’m enjoying one right now as I write this post.  But that’s not what this post is about.  This post is about how while I found a great beer at a price I paid without hesitation, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (Bottle Redemption)

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (Bottle Redemption)

In a recent post, I took it upon myself to review Sierra Nevada Brewing Company‘s canned version of one of my long-time go-to brews, their Torpedo “Extra” IPA.  Hoppy and bold, this one had never let me down in the past.  I was excited about the prospect of it coming in a can, hoping that this more efficient method of packaging would result in a cheaper per-ounce price.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. There’s a price you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Budget: Tröegs Brewing Company Nugget Nectar

Budget: Tröegs Brewing Company Nugget Nectar

If I were allowed to drink only the beers of one brewery for the remainder of my days, that brewery would almost certainly be the Tröegs Brewing Company.  I’ve expounded the reasons why Pennsylvania is so fortunate to have this gem of a brewery in a previous post, and here I am visiting them again.  Except this time, they seem determined to confuse me.  I’ve mentioned before how Tröegs is able to brew fantastic exemplars of each of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Amber Ale, Beer, Budget, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (In a Can!)

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (In a Can!)

While I’ve recently expounded upon how I’m a self-admitted Tröegs fanatic, another one of my favorite, dependable (and inexpensive) breweries is the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  In my opinion, their Pale Ale is one of the best gateway beers out there for introducing someone to what craft beer has to offer.  It’s both flavorful and inexpensive, which is why this was one of my strategically-chosen choices in a recent post. Some time ago, someone at Sierra Nevada decided that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Budget: Samuel Adams Black and Brew

Budget: Samuel Adams Black and Brew

As I’ve mentioned on my profile, my tastes are a bit different, and, dare I say, cheaper, than some other contributors for the site. While I’m always thrilled by the prospect of trying new beer, I often find that I’m quite satisfied with a familiar, common selection from the likes of Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, or in the case of this pleasant surprise – the namesake of the statesman and patriot himself, Samuel Adams. Some of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boston Beer Co., Budget, Stout