Here’s How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker in America. The skillful innovation of American craft brewers over the past decade has pushed beer in delicious new directions. It wouldn’t be hard to argue that the craft beer renaissance is the most exciting development in the country’s culinary world right now.

But this explosion in quality comes at a price. Literally. With few exceptions, prices for good craft beer are far higher than for mainstream macrobrews from brewing conglomerates such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch. A six-pack of beer from breweries like Dogfish Head, Ballast Point or Cigar City almost always costs more than $10 — and routinely exceeds the $15 mark. You could easily get a 12-pack of Bud Light for that much.

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Beer Profile: Four Peaks Peach Ale

peach alepgaprofileThis is a great little beer. It pours faint yellow , slight haze and a few bubbles wafting up to the top to meet a creamy head of white foam that fell quickly then lasted in a layer on top.

Nose is peach. Delightful peach. The earthy skin, the juicy fruit and a bit of cracker for malt. A light sweetness and a lovely floral.

Drinks wonderfully and lightly with plenty of flavor and a good carbonation. It is crisp, dry and drying. Has a light peach flavor and a crisp cracker for malt. A bit of malt sweetness comes forward as it warms . A faint touch of hops and a bit of tartness finish this one off and it just plain tastes great!

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.