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Blatz lives on, but not quite at the prices it sold for when its cans looked like this.

10 cheap but tasty Wisconsin beers


In these tough economic times, people are cutting back left and right, looking for areas to scrimp and save. Five-course meals are giving way to super value meals, and at home, name-brand groceries are being replaced by generics.

But for beer drinkers, replacing your Berghoff with "The Beast" may not be such a great value proposition. Unless your idea of a good beer is anything warm and foamy, served in a plastic cup at frat party, you simply won't stand for bad beer -- recession or otherwise.

Fortunately, our own state produces a number of good, value-driven beers. And even if the "champagne of beers" is no Dom Perignon, it'll get the job done at a tasty price.

Here's a list of 10 totally drinkable locally-owned, brewed and/or inspired Wisconsin beers that won't break the bank, including the price for a case of 24 (or for some, two 12-packs) at Avenue Wine & Liquors, 4075 S. Howell Ave.

If you don't agree with our alphabetized list, add your own selections using the Talkback feature below:

Blatz Light (MillerCoors via Pabst, Milwaukee): $10.19

Hamm's (MillerCoors, Milwaukee): $10.69

Huber Bock (Joseph Huber Brewing Company/ Minhas Craft Brewery of Monroe and Alberta, Canada): $18.38

La Crosse Lager (City Brewing Company, La Crosse): $12.19 (30-pack)

Leinenkugel's Original (Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls): $13.19

Mickey's Malt Liquor (MillerCoors, Milwaukee): $17.59

Miller High Life (MillerCoors, Milwaukee): $14.79

Pabst Blue Ribbon (MillerCoors via Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee): $14.99

Point Special (Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point): $13.99

Schlitz (Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company via Pabst, Milwaukee and Chicago): $17.29

Talkbacks

IDONTTHINKSO | April 3, 2009 at 2:19 p.m. (report)

Leinenkugels is always a great standby. I also have to say high life pairs well with a good Milwaukee fish fry. Longnecks only though please.

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rhinobrau | March 27, 2009 at 2:58 p.m. (report)

When is everyone going to get off of the Pabst kick? We did a tasting of macros at the Bomb Shelter's Wednesday night beer club and out of over 10 beers, Pabst was the worst. All you need to do is try it side by side with something else.

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yogomac | March 27, 2009 at 2:35 p.m. (report)

Miller High Life long knecks, Point returnable bottles, enough said.

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MILWIRISH | March 25, 2009 at 11:19 p.m. (report)

ANDI.......if you are drinking pabst you are no longer a girl.

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Kitty_Lynn | March 24, 2009 at 6:06 p.m. (report)

have to say, I'm digging the coors light right now

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