Six big (big!) Colorado craft beers that come at a bargain price
But those big things can also come with a big price. While a six-pack of craft beer usually runs from $8.99 to $10.99, there are four-packs of specialty beer priced at $14.99 and bombers or 750 ml bottles that extend upward of $20, $25, even $30. Most of these beers are rare releases, full of expensive ingredients and flashy packaging, and to craft beer aficionados, they're just as worth it as a nice bottle of wine is to a oenophile.
Still, there are also a lot of huge, beautifully-made, boundary-pushing beers that can be had for much less -- which is helpful during this spendy season. The following six beers -- all seasonally released and all made in Colorado -- will light you up without lightening your wallet too much (prices will vary from store to store).
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Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
New Belgium Brewing
A departure from New Belgium's traditional brewing style, this bad boy balances two rich flavors, coffee and chocolate, in a smooth combination of bitter and sweet. Dark and somewhat roasty, this imperial stout checks in at 10 percent ABV.
Wake Up Dead
Left Hand Brewing
It takes a hearty soul to finish a bottle of this black-colored Russian Imperial Stout, which is cellared for four months at Left Hand before being released, especially since Wake Up Dead notches 10.4 percent ABV. "Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hop notes," the brewery says.
Dry Dock Brewing
This Scottish-style Wee Heavy will knock your kilt off with an ABV of 9.5 percent, although its smooth, toffee and caramel flavors may trick you in drinking more than one. Made with Scotch malts, it pours a deep amber and boasts just a hint of peaty smoke.