For the most part, however, I like my beer to be economical. Does that mean I'll buy any crap off the shelf? Hell no! Good price AND good taste are important when I make my beer purchases and Mission St. IPA (6.1% abv, $6.99 per six-pack) fits the bill. The bottle label says Steinhaus Brewing Company, but rumor has it Firestone Walker contract brews this beer -- as well as a couple other beers under the Mission St. label -- for distribution to Trader Joe's locations around the country.
Is Mission St. IPA the greatest IPA in the world? Not by a long shot, but it's got the pieces in all the right places and you can't go wrong with the price point. It's perfect for the end of a night where you want one more beer but don't want to waste anything more expensive on your tired palate. Many IPAs around this price point use hops to hit IPA-appropriate bitterness while neglecting any of the citrus/pine/floral hop flavors that make IPAs so enjoyable. In Mission St., you'll find they've bypassed this flaw with a good dose of citrusy hops balanced out nicely with some biscuity malt. If you're a fan of Goose Island IPA, this is a pretty good stand-in and it comes in about $1-2 cheaper, depending on where you shop.
Find Mission St. IPA at Trader Joe's in Indianapolis:
5473 East 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN - (317) 595-8950
2902 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN - (317) 337-1880
Do you have any beers that you think hit a good balance of quality and value? Let us know in the comments and we'll check them out.