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Budweiser Too Watery? Try Some Of These Good, Cheap Beers

Submitted by on February 27, 2013 – 11:09 amNo Comment

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch is facing a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly watering down their brands like Budweiser and Michelob.

How could drinkers tell?

Seriously, critics have a saying about American “macrobrews,” the major national brands like Bud, Coors, and Miller: “They’re like having sex in a boat- f**king close to water.” Lawyers love talking about “reasonable expectations;” and if Anheuser’s lawyers can’t disprove the allegations, I’d love to see them argue that Bud Light drinkers have a “reasonable expectation” of getting a watery, flavorless, even overpriced brew.

“Cheap beer” is a relative term, but here are some other options. Hopefully, they are either slightly cheaper or slightly less offensive (though not necessarily both) than your Miller Lite.

1. Yuengling- one of my personal favorites for a standard, cheap lager, it comes from “America’s Oldest Brewery.” Based in Pennsylvania, Yuengling isn’t exactly “regional” like many affordable beers, but it is most widely distributed from the mid-Atlantic down the East Coast.

2. PBR- Yeah, I know you don’t like how it was “appropriated” by hipsters, but it’s inoffensive and undeniably cheap. Also, apparently it’s now too mainstream for hipsters, who are moving on to Narragansett.

3. Trader Joe’s “Simpler Times”- Usually just $3.99 for a six pack. The hard part is finding a Trader Joe’s.

4. Big Flats- It’s brewed for Walgreen’s drugstore, and can cost as little as $2.99 for a six pack. I’ve never had it, and that doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it gets some positive mentions on the web. Its mediocre rating on Beer Advocate is still better than many of its competitors.

5. Cheap, Regional Brews: Lionshead, Genesee, the aforementioned Narragansett, and many others all across the country. What’s the decent cheap brew in your area?

What do you think? Do Budweiser’s litigants have a case? What are your favorite cheap beers?

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