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.
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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