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Some Really Great 99 cent Recession Busting Beers
by Mark on 8/27/2009 (4)

What's a recession beer? By our sage definition, a recession beer is one of the brimming cornucopia of marvelous 24 oz. cans of chilly 99 cent beers made widely available across America and Canada, crafted by skilled brewers with a soulful, generous heart and a truly divine mission statement: to provide a refreshing, low-ball can of frosty nectar at a fantastic affordable price to all, at least those over 18, or 21, or whatever, that is. Here are our favorites.

The Good

Labatt's Ice: 24 oz. tins of Labatt's Ice tops our fav list. This Canadian true brew sparkles with candy hop effervescent overtones, yet touts a firm malt character that is always present, though not overbearing. Served icy cold, Labatt's Ice quenches and reinvigorates, a true recession value at a mere 99 cents per delectable serving. Go Canada!

Molson Ice: Our runner up brew is also Canuck, although I have found that Molson Ice 24 oz. tins normally retail at $1.59 U.S., I can catch it on sale with my local Giant Eagle bonus card for 99 cents as well. Deeper in malt character, and perhaps a bit less bright in hop overtones, Molson Ice is still a luxurious way to blow away those recession blues, at a local grocer near you!

The Bad

Bud Ice: Bud Ice normally sells from 99 cents to $1.29 in Ohio and Michigan, and touts a soda-like effervescent nose when cracked, though without the candy mouth feel and maltiness of the Canuck imports. Bud Ice is clean, fresh, and crisp for the uneducated palate, nonetheless, and is a true-blue American hero in the one buck range, 24 oz. quaffer-slugger it down brewskis.

Steel Reserve: Although admittedly a 'bastard' malt liquor of sorts, Steel Reserve offers a head banging 8.2 percent alcohol content, much higher than the 5.5-5.9 percent tallies of the top three brews, and makes this list for this single reason alone. Steel Reserve is a bit murky and extra heavy malt wise and shy on carbonation, but delivers a powerful cheap punch in an attractive 24 oz. silvery ornate antiqued package. Just lost your job? Sub-prime lender just doubled your interest rate? Wife ran off with a Russian power-lifter? Then hammer down 2-3 of these power-packed beauties, which is almost like drinking 2-3 bottles of White Zinfandel, specific gravity wise. Recession? Recession my Steel plated arse!

And the Ugly

Miller High Life: Miller High Life classic golden lager has been a staple of low cost lagers for decades and is still available at a recession busting 99 cents in its hallmark gold can, but the quality has suffered over the years, I'm afraid. Once a true-blue American quencher at a low-ball price, the modern Miller 'High Life' is bland, flat and unresponsive to the palate, unless ultra-tasteless beers are your pleasure, wh

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1. by Kris on 8/28/2009 1:13:28 PM
Where's the PBR??? Voted best beer in 1869!h="0" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Motz on 8/28/2009 4:58:01 PM
PBR is still a Detroit favorite, since 1998!h="0 </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
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4. by Rick in N.E.Ohio on 9/23/2009 10:28:58 AM
Been switchin tween Labatts and Molson Ice for a long while here. Both excellent choices for a recession beer. Trying to keep a local store busy by doing my part advertising these bargains. Feel my pain when last visit with $1.06 in palm was told that Molson would cost me $1.17.....I will research this price change with several other stores to see if the rise is local or not. Let me recommend another extreme recession buster. Keep it statewide. Genesee(thats an oldie)Ice: 30-12 oz cans for $12.99. Folks, you're missin the boat here...5.5%. Do the math. All Genesee beers are dropped to $12.99/30. The Ice is something not to take lightly. Thanks, Rick from N.E.Ohio.h="0"< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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