Beer Man

Six big (big!) Colorado craft beers that come at a bargain price

Big things come in small packages, and that goes double for craft brewers, who package many of their potent products in twelve- sixteen- or twenty-ounce cans and bottles.

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).

See also: - Four big barrel-aged Colorado beers to look for in December - Strange Brewing will bottle its GABF medal-winning Dr. Strangelove Barleywine - Great Divide adds two new seasonals, HeyDay and Orabelle, removes two others

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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