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The Cheapest Supermarket For Craft Beer

The Best Value Supermarket For Cheap Craft Beer

If you’ve ever wanted the gorgeous taste of an ind ependently made craft beer, but turned paler than an ale at the sight of the price, this may be the guide for you.

We've tracked down the 3 cheapest bottles of 15 major craft beer brands in all the big supermarkets, to come up with a list of the 45 best value craft beer bottles in the UK. This means we can definitively name the best supermarket for great value craft beer.

Don’t even think about having your next barbecue, picnic, or big night in without consulting this first.

One supermarket emerges as the best value for your pale ales, old peculiars, and bourbon barrel aged porters...

Which supermarket has the cheapest craft beers?

Rank

Supermarket

Number of bottles in cheapest 45

1

Tesco

14

2

Morrisons

12

3

ASDA

11

4 Sainsbury's 5

5

Ocado

4

6

Waitrose

1

7

ALDI / Co-Op / Iceland / LIDL / M&S

0

We weren’t expecting such a big margin - Tesco has the highest number of products on our “best value bottles” lists. A reliable fixture when it comes to respected brands at excellent prices, it’s clearly the place to hit up before your next summer barbecue, festival run or general beer fridge restock.

Morrisons is well known as a great value retailer of everyday essentials, but we were a little surprised to see it come 2nd in the prestigious craft beer stakes. Turns out if you’re looking for a Thornbridge Jaipur or Camden Hells for less, Morrisons is a good place to be.

Not far behind is good old ASDA in 3rd, with loads of big name craft brands at their best prices - including Bad Co, Blue Moon and Purity. Also a big hitter in our round up of the best value rum, whiskey, vodka and gin, you can’t fault ASDA for pricing it right.


For a brand by brand breakdown of where to get your favourite bottles for less, scroll down:

Blue Moon Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1st

ASDA

Blue Moon Wheat Beer (50ml)

£1.70

£1.70

Offer - 4 for £6

2nd

Tesco

Blue Moon 4 Pack (4X330ml)

£1.94

£6.00

Offer - 2 packs for £9

3rd

Morrisons

Blue Moon Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale (4x330ml)

£2.15

£6.00

Offer - 2 packs for £10

  • Average cost per Pint: £2.83
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £3.19, Blue Moon Belgian White Wheat Ale (330ml) (Morrisons)

BrewDog Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

=1

Ocado

BrewDog Indie Pale Ale (12x330ml)

£3.03

£12

=1

Tesco

Brewdog Lost Lager Can (12X330ml)

£3.03

£12

2

ASDA

Brewdog Punk IPA (12x330ml)

£3.28

£12

  • Average cost per Pint: £3.67
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £5.68, BrewDog Funk Vs. Punk Overworks 500Ml Bottle (Tesco)

Brooklyn Brewery Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1 Tesco Brooklyn Lager 660ml £3.03 £2.60 Offer, 2 for £4
2 Tesco Brooklyn Lager (6x355ml can) £3.29 £7.00

3

Ocado

Brooklyn Amber Lager Bottle (660ml)

£3.94

£2.60

  • Average cost per Pint: £2.82
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £3.39, Brooklyn Lager Can 335ml (Sainsbury’s)

Camden Town Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1

Morrisons

Camden Hells Lager (660ml)

£1.72

£2.65

2 for £4 offer

2

Tesco

Camden Show Off Lager (4X330ml)

£1.94

£6.00

4 for £6 offer

3

ASDA

Camden Hells Lager (10x330ml)

£2.07

£14.00

  • Average cost per Pint: £2.73
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £3.43, Camden Gentleman's Wit (330ml) (Ocado)

Innis & Gunn Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1

Waitrose

Innis & Gunn Lager (4x440ml)

£2.56

£4.50

2

Sainsbury's

Innis & Gunn Lager (4x440ml)

£2.70

£4.75

3

Morrisons

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer (660ml)

£2.97

£1.96

  • Average cost per Pint: £2.81
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £4.31, Innis & Gunn Fifteen Barrel Aged Double IPA (330ml) (Tesco)

Sierra Nevada Prices

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1

Tesco

Sierra Nevada California Ipa (4 x 355ml)

£1.80

£6.00

Offer - 2 packs for £9

2

Morrisons

Sierra Nevada California Ipa Cans (4 x 330ml)

£2.15

£6.00

Offer - 2 packs for £10

3

Morrisons

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Bottle (350ml)

£2.44

£1.95

Offer - 4 bottles for £6

  • Average cost per Pint: £3.03
  • Most Expensive per Pint: £3.92, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra Ipa (Abv 7.2%) 355ml (Morrisons)

Rest of the craft beer brands

See our complete data for prices on all the above as well as Beavertown, Fourpure, Goose Island, Meantime, Oakham, Purity, Thornbridge and Vocation.


Best Value Craft Beers Overall

Rank

Supermarket

Product

Price Per Pint

Product Price

Notes

1

Waitrose

Innis & Gunn Lager 4x440ml

£1.45

£4.50

2

Sainsbury's

Innis & Gunn Lager 4x440ml

£1.53

£4.75

3

Morrisons

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer (Abv 4.6%)660ml

£1.69

£1.96

=4

ASDA

Purity Brewing Co Pure Ubu Amber Ale

£1.70

£1.66

Offer, 4 for £6

=4

ASDA

Purity Brewing Co Mad Goose Pale Ale

£1.70

£1.67

Offer, 4 for £6


Craft v Non-Craft

We’ve worked out exactly how much more expensive craft beer is than non-craft beer in supermarkets.

Craft Beer

Non-Craft Beer

% difference

Average price per pint (normal prices)

£2.69

£1.74

54.07%

Average price per pint (offer prices)

£2.44

£1.55

57.51%

Highest normal price per measure

£3.37

£2.35

43.83%

So the craft beer premium is 54% - supermarket craft beers are on average 54% more expensive per pint than non-craft supermarket stock. Good thing they’re delicious.


Data and methodology

Data gathered from supermarket websites, correct as of June 10th.

15 Brands selected on the basis of being the most frequently occurring across all supermarkets (over 10 products or more).

Value measured in £ / print.

Offer prices taken into account - RRP used if offer prices are tied. If one supermarket has multiple products of the same volume of the same brand in a multi-offer, this is counted as one product.


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