73 – Top 5 Budget Beers

November 21, 2019

The best cheap beer that money can buy.

Budget beers have been a staple for students, parties, camping, sports, and so much more since the dawn of beer. However, these days it’s all about fancy ‘shmancy’ craft beers that are intricately poured with just the right amount of hops and unique flavors, which has been leaving our dear old friends ignored on that beer fridge shelf. Well not today! Today we celebrate cheap beers because sometimes money is tight and sometimes because we just want to have a damn inexpensive beer that gets the job done! Join Tuong La and Beer Buds Justin Godelie, Shannon Godelie, and Dan Foerster as they break out some cold ones and  rank Top 5 Budget Beers!

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Ground Rules

  • The price of a ‘budget beer’ is generally less than $2.60 for a tall can although a case could be made up to $2.80 (Ontario, Canada)
  • Craft beers are not really in the realm of ‘budget beers’ even though they can be cheap.
  • ‘Budget beers’ are a type of beer you would have as a student, bring camping, or just don’t want to spend a lot of money to get a good buzz on. Think “What would my dad drink when I was growing up?”.
  • Beers like “Alexander Keiths” or “Waterloo Craft” are not budget beers. Both are more “premium” than the type of beer we are looking for.
  • We are rating them on a metric we created during the podcast which is
    • Drinkability – how smooth is goes down/tastes
    • Poundability – how much of it you can drink in one night/session
    • Drunkability – what the price to alcohol ratio is. ie how many beers do I need to drink to get drunk

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Löwenbräu

4. Bavaria

3. Pilsner

2. James Ready 5.5

1. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Tuong’s List

  • James Ready 5.5
  • Löwenbräu
  • Grolsch
  • Red Stripe
  • Coors Banquet
  • Carlsberg
  • Labatt 50
  • Holsten
  • Holandia
  • All or Nothing
  • Budweiser

Justin’s List

  • Miller Highlife
  • Old Milwaukee
  • Old Vienna
  • Coors Banquet
  • Kokanee
  • Red Racer IPA
  • Rolling Rock

Shannon’s List

  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Miller Light
  • Bavaria
  • Coors Banquet
  • Red Cap
  • Lakeport Light
  • Formosa Springs
  • Yuengling

Dan’s List

  • Laker Ice
  • Pilsner
  • Brava
  • Carling
  • Lucky Lager
  • Faxe
  • Bush Beer

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