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Using BeerGraphs To Find The Best Values

Eno Sarris, September 16, 2014 -   

This post is pointless, or at least mostly so. As beer enthusiasts, you're probably fine with a little pointless talk about beer, so I hope you stick with me. But you'll see by the end how spectacularly pointless this all is. 

The goal was noble: I wanted to use BAR to find the best values on a beer shipping website. Unassailable intentions, you could almost say. 

So I fired up Beership.com and checked out the IPA page. A little copy and paste action later, I had 154 beers and their prices in a spreadsheet. I had to equalize the prices by making it a per ounce measure -- the Dale's tall boy sixpacks and the Enjoy By bombers couldn't be compared without acknowledging their massive difference in volume. Then, a little BAR searching, and, voila, a list of beers with a new stat: BAR$pOZ -- let's not dignify this early version by naming it officially, but it's basically each beer's rating broken down by ounce and price. 

Which IPAs on that shipping site offer the best beer per dollar per ounce? 

Beer OZ Price Price/OZ BAR BAR$pOZ
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 7.44 44.68
Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 5.49 43.97
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 7.99 0.125 5.31 42.53
Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 9.99 0.139 5.78 41.66
Stone IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 6.92 41.55
Fort George with Boneyard and Block 15 3 Way IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 9.99 0.156 6.43 41.19
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale Tall Boy IPA 6pk 19.2oz CANS 115.2 17.99 0.156 6.35 40.66
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 6.44 38.67
Fremont Cowiche Fresh Hop Organic IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 7.6 33.51
Sockeye Dagger Falls IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 8.99 0.125 3.95 31.64
Stone IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 6.92 30.51
21st Ammendment Live Free or Die IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 4.08 29.41
Goodlife Descender IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 9.99 0.139 3.97 28.61
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 6.44 28.39
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales Pale Ale IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 14.99 0.234 6.55 27.97
Green Flash West Coast IPA 4pk 12oz 48 10.99 0.229 6.34 27.69
Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild Belgian IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 4.54 27.26
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 3.08 24.67
Stone Enjoy By 7-4-2014 IPA 22oz 22 7.99 0.363 8.93 24.59
Fort George Vortex IPA 4pk 16oz 64 11.99 0.187 4.37 23.33
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA 22oz 22 3.99 0.181 4.18 23.05
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 6pk 12oz 72 10.99 0.153 3.48 22.80
Payette Outlaw IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 8.99 0.125 2.76 22.10
Stone Ruination IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 6.62 20.84
Lost Coast Indica IPA 6pk 12oz 72 10.99 0.153 3.09 20.24

A lot of classics on here, and it's not surprising it's mostly dominated by the bigger smalls. 

I'd write more about the beers in particular, but this has exhausted me. And you might notice something, other than the fact that the amount of work this took rendered this exercise silly...

Do you see it? Celebration Ale came out last year. The Enjoy By is two months old. You'll notice more in the full list below. You probably don't want to go to a website like this to buy an IPA. You have no idea where it's been stored and how long it's been there. No, you want to see the situation your beer has lived in if you want an IPA.

But even if I'd done this by hand for stouts, it was only worth the work if I seriously trusted this website and wanted to get the most for my money. 

One day, though... you might be able to enter a URL for a bar, or a beer shipping site, and a fancy bee-boo-bop computer sound later, you could get a list like this, sorted to show you the best value on the list.

A beer-obsessed boy can dream. 

Beer OZ Price Price/OZ BAR BAR$pOZ
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 7.44 44.68
Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 5.49 43.97
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 7.99 0.125 5.31 42.53
Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 9.99 0.139 5.78 41.66
Stone IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 6.92 41.55
Fort George with Boneyard and Block 15 3 Way IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 9.99 0.156 6.43 41.19
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale Tall Boy IPA 6pk 19.2oz CANS 115.2 17.99 0.156 6.35 40.66
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 6.44 38.67
Fremont Cowiche Fresh Hop Organic IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 7.6 33.51
Sockeye Dagger Falls IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 8.99 0.125 3.95 31.64
Stone IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 6.92 30.51
21st Ammendment Live Free or Die IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 4.08 29.41
Goodlife Descender IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 9.99 0.139 3.97 28.61
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 6.44 28.39
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales Pale Ale IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 14.99 0.234 6.55 27.97
Green Flash West Coast IPA 4pk 12oz 48 10.99 0.229 6.34 27.69
Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild Belgian IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 4.54 27.26
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 3.08 24.67
Stone Enjoy By 7-4-2014 IPA 22oz 22 7.99 0.363 8.93 24.59
Fort George Vortex IPA 4pk 16oz 64 11.99 0.187 4.37 23.33
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA 22oz 22 3.99 0.181 4.18 23.05
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 6pk 12oz 72 10.99 0.153 3.48 22.80
Payette Outlaw IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 8.99 0.125 2.76 22.10
Stone Ruination IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 6.62 20.84
Lost Coast Indica IPA 6pk 12oz 72 10.99 0.153 3.09 20.24
New Belgium Ranger IPA 12pk 12oz CANS 144 16.99 0.118 2.38 20.17
Uinta Hop Nosh IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 10.99 0.153 2.99 19.59
New Belgium Ranger IPA 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 2.38 19.06
Goodlife Descender IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 3.97 17.50
Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA 22oz 22 8.99 0.409 6.94 16.98
Great Divide Rumble Oaked IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 2.64 15.85
Fremont Interurban IPA 22oz 22 3.99 0.181 2.81 15.49
Breakside Wanderlust IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 4.16 15.28
Deschutes Inversion IPA 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 1.9 15.22
Deschutes Chasin Freshies Fresh Hop IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 4.1 15.06
Maui Flyin Hi.P.Hay IPA 6pk 12oz 72 12.99 0.180 2.62 14.52
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop 2012 Pale 24oz 24 5.99 0.250 3.58 14.34
Fort George Java The Hop IPA 4pk 16oz 64 10.99 0.172 2.25 13.10
Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 3.5 12.85
Great Divide Titan IPA 6pk 12oz 72 11.99 0.167 2.12 12.73
Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA Pale 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 1.74 12.54
Laughing Dog Purebred Series Citra Single Hop IPA 22oz 22 5.49 0.250 3.02 12.10
Ninkasi Maiden the Shade IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 3.23 11.86
Gigantic IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 3.61 11.36
Stone 18th Anniversary IPA 22oz 22 8.99 0.409 4.52 11.06
Dogfish Head 61 Minute with Syrah IPA 4pk 12oz 48 10.99 0.229 2.48 10.83
Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 2.91 10.69
Elysian Immortal IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 2.35 10.36
Avery IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 10.99 0.153 1.55 10.15
Rogue Brutal Bitter Brutal IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 3.06 9.63
Stone Stoachasticity Grapefruit Slam IPA 22oz 22 7.99 0.363 3.49 9.61
Lakefront Rendezvous IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 1.24 8.94
Iron Horse Double Rainbow IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 1.9 8.38
No-Li Born and Raised IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 1.86 8.20
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 9.99 0.139 0.98 7.06
Selkirk Abbey Infidel IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 2.15 6.77
Southern Tier Unearthly IPA 22oz 22 7.99 0.363 2.43 6.69
Mikkeller 19 IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 3.68 6.32
Heretic Evil Cousin IPA 22oz 22 8.99 0.409 2.16 5.29
Coronodo Islander IPA 22oz 22 5.49 0.250 1.31 5.25
Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 2.96 5.08
Terminal Gravity IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 0.7 5.05
Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA 22oz 22 7.99 0.363 1.79 4.93
Fremont 77 Select Spring IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 10.99 0.153 0.74 4.85
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA 22oz 22 4.49 0.204 0.98 4.80
Ice Harbor IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 1.26 4.63
Fort George The Optimist IPA 4pk 16oz CANS 64 11.99 0.187 0.85 4.54
Anchorage Galaxy White IPA 750ml 25.4 16.99 0.669 3.03 4.53
Double Mountain Cluster F#ck Single Hop IPA 16.9oz 16.9 4.99 0.295 1.29 4.37
Pike Space Needle Golden Anniversary 2012 IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 1.32 4.15
Double Mountain Hop Lava IPA 16.9oz 16.9 3.99 0.236 0.86 3.64
Meantime IPA 750ml 25.4 10.99 0.433 1.53 3.54
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 22oz 22 7.49 0.340 1.16 3.41
Deschutes Foray IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 0.89 3.27
Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 1.83 3.14
Crooked Fence Hop Notion IPA 6pk 12oz CANS 72 8.99 0.125 0.36 2.88
Beer Valley Leafer Madness IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 0.91 2.86
Hebrew Hop Manna Dry Hopped IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318 0.91 2.86
Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA 750ml 25.4 15.99 0.630 1.7 2.70
Uinta Cahoots Rye IPA 750ml 25.4 8.99 0.354 0.89 2.51
Mikkeller Bravo Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 1.33 2.28
Iron Horse IPA 22oz 22 5.49 0.250 0.51 2.04
Mikkeller Columbus Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 0.77 1.32
No-Li Skyrail Single Hop IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 0.33 1.21
Hebrew RIPA on Rye IPA 4pk 12oz 64 12.99 0.203 0.22 1.08
Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 0.42 0.72
Hebrew RIPA on Rye IPA 22oz 22 12.99 0.590 0.22 0.37
Mikkeller Super Galena Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 0.21 0.36
Mikkeller Tettnanger Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 0.11 0.19
Left Coast Trestles IPA 22oz 22 6.99 0.318   0.00
Mikkeller Challenger Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 -0.09 -0.15
Mikkeller Cluster Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 -0.14 -0.24
Mikkeller Galena Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 -0.24 -0.41
Mikkeller Mt Hood Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 -0.29 -0.50
Mikkeller Magnum Single Hop IPA 12oz 12 6.99 0.583 -0.8 -1.37
Great Divide Lasso IPA 6pk 12oz 22 11.99 0.545 -0.89 -1.63
Laughing Dog IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 -0.24 -1.73
Sam Adams Tasmin Red IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 -0.63 -2.78
Widmer Rotator X-114 Citra Hop IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 -0.56 -4.04
Skagit River Skullers IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 -0.94 -4.14
Pike IPA 6pk 12oz 72 8.99 0.125 -0.55 -4.40
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 -1.06 -4.67
Bison Organic IPA 22oz 22 4.99 0.227 -2.68 -11.82
Sam Adams Third Voyage Double IPA 22oz 22 5.99 0.272 -4.27 -15.68
Widmer Spiced IPA 6pk 12oz 72 9.99 0.139 -2.49 -17.95
Bridgeport Hop Czar IPA 22oz 22 2.99 0.136 -2.96 -21.78

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