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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Drinking Great Beer Without Going Broke

With all the attention that craft beer is getting now, it seems to be rare to be able to find a great beer without having to spend a fortune for it.  In this post we will review some incredible brews that will allow you to enjoy them without having to save up for a year to try them!  While they may still be more expensive than a case of Natty Light, in terms of craft beer this group is a great deal.  This is our Top 10 high-quality, low-cost (Less than $10 per 6-pack) beer list.

10. Blue Point Pale Ale- The print on this bottle immediately catches your eye, and the low cost ($3.79 for a 22-oz bottle) is unbelievable for a beer of this quality.  For those of you looking for a "hop-bomb" this is not it, but it is a well balanced pale ale that is perfectly drinkable.  The piney, citrusy flavors and aromas from the hops are well balanced by a malty backbone.

9.  Lagunitas Hop Stoopid-  This brewery is doing a lot of things that we love, and this Imperial IPA is almost like chewing on a fresh hop.  While we hear that the use of hop extracts is employed for this brew, it is impossible to detect in this beauty.  Loaded with citrusy, floral hop flavor that dominates your mouth, this brew will nearly rip the enamel right off your teeth.  And its only $3.99 for a 22 oz bomber which is a steal for this style of beer at nearly 10% abv.

8.  Hoegaarden- For myself personally, this beer was a life-changer.  At $8.50/6-pack, it is on the steeper side for cost, and even though it is now owned by the same group as Budweiser, this Belgian brew is still incredible.  As one taster put it, "It tastes like Christmas morning!"  The spiciness that comes from the coriander and bitter orange peel perfectly compliments this Belgian witbier.  This was my gateway into the world of craft beer.

7.  Victory Prima Pils- The interesting thing about this beer is that in a style not usually known for its hoppiness, this brew is loaded with spicy, floral hops.  This beer seemingly crosses the line between an ale and a lager and has a fantastic flavor for $9.49/6-pack.  The only thing that keeps this from being higher on the list is its price.

6.  Lagunitas Censored-   If the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is a total hop bomb, the Censored is a complete malt bomb.  While there is a slight spicy bitterness from the hops, from the aroma to the taste there is nothing but a carmelly, toasty smoothness that covers your mouth.  At only $7.99/6-pack this beer is a phenomenal value.

5.  Southern Tier Farmer's Tan-  This imperial lager is everything that a beer should taste like.  It is full of refreshing flavor, and hides the fact that it is 9% abv extremely well.  It pretty much tastes like paradise (see if you can't taste the pineapple flavor in it).  If it was only a little cheaper ($4.99 on sale for a 22 oz bottle) it would easily be the number 1 beer on this list.

4.  Stone Smoked Porter-  While it is sometimes hard to find darker beers such as this porter for a reasonable price while still palatable, this one is an exception.  At only $4.99 for a 22 oz bottle, and at nearly 6% abv, the smokiness that underlies an incredibly smooth beer is completely worth it.  Chocolate and some coffee flavor help to round out this beer into a well-balanced flavorful porter.

3.  Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine-  This is one big beer.  9.6% abv and 90 IBU's (the measure for bitterness).  And yet, as powerful as it is, there is not one flavor that is out of proportion in this bold brew.  There is a strong alocohol note that is accompanied by the bitterness of citrusy hops and balanced by tastes of figs, plums, and brown sugar.  A 6-pack of this comes out to about $9, but the amount of flavor it packs, as well as its ability to be aged for years, puts this one in our top 3.

2.  Southern Tier IPA-  This is near perfection in a glass.  A beautiful red-orange pour is only the beginning for this beer.  The off-white milky head clings to the sides of your glass, and citrusy, spicy hops meet your nose immediately.  The taste is smooth, bitter, malty, and sweet all at the same time.  The citrus from the hops is the first thing you taste, and then the sweetness of the malts gradually takes over.  Like the Farmer's Tan, the only thing that keeps this brew from being number 1 is the price. $8.49 for a 6-pack.

1.  Samuel Adams Boston Ale-  While it might surprise you that a Samuel Adams beer is #1 on the list, the flavor that this brew packs along with its low cost easily takes the cake.  At only $6.99 for a 6-pack, it is amazing that Samuel Adams beer company puts this much attention into their craft.  The beer is a perfect balance of noble, spicy hops that complement the caramel taste of the malts.  By fermenting this beer at a lower temperature, Sam Adams essentially presents an ale and all its flavorful tastes with the smoothness of a lager.  The nose makes it clear that this is a very well balanced brew as the spicy hops and maltiness are balanced by some fruity undertones.  This is an exceptional beer at an outstanding price.

Thanks again to all of you who follow us and like our page on Facebook.  Pass our link on to all your friends and let them in on  Let us know what your go to brew is by commenting at the bottom of the link! Cheers and happy brewing!


Micah Goss said...

I love the concept of an online man cave. I'm a college student and I already like most of the ones on this list knowing they were cheap. I look forward to more. Followed.

Dasmeistro said...

You should try out a Swedish beer called "Mariestads" It's the best ;D

jesperfrantzen said...

I like wine more..

brewmaster12 said...

Thanks for the comments guys. @Micah Goss, we hope to have more reviews coming up soon and possibly even a video review. I just added Mariestads to my list of beers to try! Always looking for something new! @Jesperfrantzen, for some people it just comes down to a matter of taste but with some of my friends who claim to be wine people I find that it really just means they don't like cheap beer. There are so many beers out there with as much complexity as any wine in the world. Give a few of these a shot, and also try out He'Brew Rejuvenator. It's a unique beer that actually has concord grapes in it that gives it a sort of beer/wine hybrid taste. Cheers and happy brewing!

Mikael Kjær said...

As a dane it makes me sad you don't mention Carlsberg. Great blog though, following this!

brewmaster12 said...

Just added Carlsberg to the list! Haven't personally tried it, but I have hear that it is similar to a Heineken but with a slight edge in the taste department. I did just try a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and have to say that I was disappointed. It is definitely a very good beer, but everything I heard about it made me think it was going to be the best beer I've ever had.

Ronny Stiftel said...

Great post, cheers!


Ingoenyama said...

yaaaay, beer!

AndrewT789 said...

Hey, you sent me a comment about your blog, I checked it out and it looks cool. Want to do a co-blog or something?

brewmaster12 said...

Hey guys make sure you check out the competition we have going on this weekend! 5 $20 giftcards are up for grabs!

Walter said...

Hoegaarden is simply fantastic. very nnice blog. folliwing.

brewmaster12 said...

Hey Walter, glad you like the blog! And you're spot on with your Hoegaarden description!

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