What's the worst thing about craft beer? That's simple: the cost. Compared to Budweiser, still among the priciest of the megabrews, most craft beers are at least a third more expensive. One can get an 18 pack of Bud Light for about $15.00 or so, while that price might get you a decent 12 pack of a beer with actual flavor. So this month the BOTB Guys, always thinking of our loyal readers, decided to find out what might be the best craft beer for your buck. There are caveats to this, of course. As I have pointed out countless times, we here at the BOTB Institute To Commemorate Hops (BOTBITCH) are unrepentant Hop Heads. So if your particular leaning is more to the Belgian style or malty stouts, you may not entirely agree. That's okay. We'd love to hear from you regarding what might be the best Stout for your buck or Belgian for your buck (please, no Blue Moon). Chime in in our comment section or on our Facebook page.
So this month I'll talk about the first part of our Texas two-stop. What I like to call:
Star Light. I left them both alone.
I did find a place called Beerfoot Beach Bar which claimed to be "...your stop for fantastic craft beers..." with 30 on tap and another 75 bottles. I decided to find this place. As it turned out, it is not an easy place to find if you are unfamiliar with Galveston. I kept asking where I could find it and kept getting conflicting directions. It apparently is not on the Galveston Chamber of Commerce approved list of establishments. This, of course, made us even more determined to find the place. Ultimately we did, basically by walking for miles along the seawall until we spotted it.
admittedly limited time up and down the seawall, this is the best place for craft beer. A real nice selection. They do brew a new beer each week. When I was there the beer was Kylie's Kolsch. Not a particular fan of Kolsch beers, I had a sample of it and found it easy drinking, but not my mug of beer, so to speak. Kylie was behind the bar and admitted that she was not a fan of hoppy beers, so this particular one was brewed with her in mind. I did have a few others more to my liking:
- Jabberwocky Imperial IPA from Lone Pint Brewing. Listed as 114 IBUs, it is indeed a hop head's wet-hopped dream. 8.2% ABV, so it's got a kick to it. Excellent beer. Lone Pint is located in Magnolia, TX.
- Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing out of Blanco, TX. A good IPA, but I had it right after the Jabberwocky which made it tough. 6.6% ABV and 63 IBUs meant there wouldn't be the hop kick of the previous one. A good beer nonetheless.
Next month we'll take a look at San Antonio where there was a plethora of craft beers and this guy:
|Best use of a 12 pack of Coors light|
What's the Best Beer for Your Buck?
The cheapest by far were a couple samples of Samuel Adams. They were: Double Agent IPL (from their Hopology series) and White Lantern - both donated by Sam Adams for us to review. Thank you once again Boston Beer Company. For those we purchased, the price range was from $7.99 to $8.99 per six. Regardless of the fact that the beer was donated, they both met the necessary requirements.
We opted to review the beers starting with lowest ABV and moving to highest. We have found that sometimes trying a "big" beer then trying a smaller one often isn't fair to the lower ABV selection. The bigger beer tends to overwhelm the smaller one. Ergo, we started with Otter Creek's Hop Session Ale at a mere 4.25% - not an IPA but not a Bud Lite either.
DOUBLE AGENT IPL
6. Long Trail IPA
7. Long Trail Double Bag
8. Sam Adams Double Agent IPL
9. Sam Adams White Lantern
As far as the cost goes, all fell within a dollar per sixer of each other. So it really just came down to preference. This is, of course, a small sampling of good beers for under the $9.00 a six pack. The larger craft brewers are able to keep the price down due to volume. And as is obvious, we leaned heavily toward IPAs because that's the way we roll. Perhaps in the future we'll look at the best Stouts for your buck (but definitely NOT the best light beer for your buck - there's no such thing.)
Make no mistake, any one of these "cheap beers" has more taste and character than any fizzy, yellow beer from the mega brewers.
|IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, SHE CRIED, "MORE, MORE BEER"|
WITH A REBEL YELL, SHE CRIED, "MORE, MORE BEER"
The BOTB Guys