So, last week fate lead me to a local Wal-mart where I saw what was (to me) a new beer from our local guys, Boulder Beer. Singletrack is the name, and yeah, it's sort of a light beer, but then, not really! Gave me a lovely buzz without an icky aftertaste, unlike most light beers I've tried. I've been buying it regularly since, when I can find it, that is. It's gone well with every dinner put on the table by your friendly spacegoat. I highly recommend it if you're looking for something light on a hot evening.
I actually have a question for the poor college students here.
Whats the best <$1.50 a bottle/can beer?
This completely depends on where you're at in the country/world. You should be able to get most beers in the US at cheaper than $9/sixpack, and if not, try finding a more local brewery. Also, try supermarkets or real liquor stores, as convenience stores( package stores ), will often mark up several dollars and tend to have a less fresh selection to boot.
Start local and try lots of different ones and you really can't go wrong.
I had a work-related reason to celebrate over the weekend, so I finally picked up a four-pack of St. Bernardus Tripel that I've been contemplating for weeks. For me, it might be the best beer ever. I thought I really liked the Abt. 12 (their quad), but the Tripel is even better. If money were no object, I don't think I'd have a reason to ever buy any other beer.
EDIT: For those who don't visit the beeradvocate, I'll copy in Todd Alstrom's review (one of the brothers who runs the site) since his description is spot-on:
Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."
Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.
Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.
Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.
Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy.
On a side note for those in the Midwest, US: If you are near Omaha, NE there should only be one place to go for beer, Beertopia. No macro brews, only imports and microbrews. The two things you need in this world are a good butcher shop and a good beer store.
I know it's pure preference, but I really only like Southern Tier's Porter, the rest tasted off to me. Granted, this was three years ago, but it's colored my viewpoint a bit.
If you can get NY state microbrews, check out Middle Ages Brewing in Syracuse. Their location is pretty odd, being an old brick building in a desolate part of town, but the guys there are super friendly, always happy to give samples, and you can get anything they currently brew in a growler. I spent a lot of money there over two years in grad school, and it's WELL worth it. I made trips out to visit people, and always left town with six growlers and two to four cases.
Originally Posted by Brookston Beer Bulletin
“Beer brewers shall sell no beer to the citizens, unless it be three weeks old; to the foreigner they may knowingly sell younger beer.” — German beer law, 1466
Ubersun from Southern Tier is probably my favorite beer that I've tried this year. I remember getting a sampler from them a couple years ago and being unimpressed, but their newer lines are fabulous, Unearthly and Heavy Weizen especially.