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Jun 9, 2009 02:00 PM

Lone Star Beer Rant

This has recently been irritating me. Lone Star is both A) crappy and B) cheap. I can't understand why Lone Star has had this sudden surge of popularity. I nearly 'lost it' when I saw Lone Star at Momofuku Milk Bar for some absurd price (something like $7). It's a very cheap beer, on par with Busch Light or Keystone. Sorry for the rant, it's been bothering me how New Yorkers are falling head over heels for Lone Star. Now if they could bring some Shiner Bock out here, I'd be first in line to buy as much as possible.

Anybody else notice this trend?

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  1. I went to Austin last month to visit my sis and it was around $2.50 everywhere for a bottle. NYC is just crazy. I would rather spend $6 or $7 on a high quality beer, not Lone Star.

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    1. re: travpard

      that depends.

      if it's 90 degrees in the hot sun, i'd rather shell out for the lone star over the craft beers.

      that's what cheap, thin watery beers are best for.

      1. re: mrnyc

        of course, except when they're not cheap. i.e. in NYC

        1. re: travpard

          i cant drink craft beers in the heat. too heavy. in that situation all the beers would be expensive and i'd still get the lone star.

          then i'd get out of the restaurant asap and go get some typical ny $3 pbr's somewhere else!

    2. I agree, Lone Star is mediocre. I feel it is my duty to let you know that RUB carries Shiner Bock. Only place I have ever seen it up here. If I recall correctly, its $6

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      1. re: ESNY

        You make a good point about momofuku beer prices. I ate at the momo noodle bar couple of weeks back and am getting really sick and tired of being gouged on the beer front. The ramen itself is way overpriced (and going downhill from what I can tell from 3 visits this year) but getting hit with the double-whammy of obscene beer prices is too much. Lagunitas IPA was something like 9 bucks for a standard bottle. WTF! But the biggest con is their inclusion of the Japanese Beer Orion on the menu in a large 22oz bottle for a startling 15/16 bucks! Anyone who has ever been to Japan and drank Orion there would laugh out loud at this pricing of a very standard Japanese lager. Nothing premium about it at all. And you know the biggest laugh? Walk over to Soba Ya on E9th and get the same large bottle of Orion for SEVEN bucks!! Yes indeed, more than 50% cheaper than at Chang's rip-off joint. AND the noodles at soba-ya are waaaay better!!! Time to wisen up to the momo noodle & beer cons people!!

        1. re: ESNY

          Yeah, I went to RUB for the first time a few weeks ago and while the BBQ sucks (for another thread), I was excited to see they carry Shiner. I asked the waitress where they get it and she told me they have some weird deal with the brewery where they distribute just to RUB.

          If you're ever in the area, they also have Shiner at Rodeo Bar but it's obscenely overpriced, I imagine they ship it up from DC or something.

          1. re: demigodh

            It'll take more than Shiner Bock to get me to go to Rodeo Bar. The free peanuts dont even help!!

            I also used to agree with you re: RUB but I went a few weeks ago (where i had a Shiner) for the first time in at least a year and thought the pulled pork was the best in the city. Smoky, slightly sweet, good bark. their sauce was eh and unnecessary.

            1. re: ESNY

              Rodeo Bar has the saltiest food I've ever eaten.

              1. re: ESNY

                fair enough, I guess I need to try them again. I went a few months ago for the first (and only) time and probably just ordered poorly. I remember enjoying my baked beans but I got their spicy sausage and it tasted and had the consistency of bland meatloaf. Of course, I was probably being greedy thinking I could get good BBQ sausage, I'll have to try the pulled pork.

          2. Who cares? I've seen PBR for $5. My advice? Don't order these beers.

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            1. re: KTinNYC

              Yeah...thanks..."don't order"...why didn't I think of that.

              1. re: Scotty100

                Good advice but if I remember correctly, it's the only beer served at Momofuku Milk Bar. I think that is the genesis of the OP's rant.

                1. re: jakew8

                  it's almost as egregious as the sac sac drink's being sold for about $4 when you can get them literally down the block at m&m for $.99 each

                  1. re: jon

                    Shiner Bock is all over the city if you pay attention. I'd love to have some of the other Spoetzl Brewery output, though ... the seasonal stuff can be pretty good.

                    1. re: Mazzer

                      care to elaborate? i've definitely looked and there's no way it would be on a menu without my noticing. Where can I find it other than RUB and Rodeo?

            2. $7 for a Lone Star is really funny. Lone Star is PBR. Try a blind taste test--I would be shocked if you can tell the difference.