Now - in reply to the topic verbatim - I remember clearly buying Zodiac Malt Liquor for $1.29 a six pack or $5.29 a case in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Never mind that Peter Hand Brewing Co. in Chicago which made it had closed the previous year... it was drinkable and didn't give me or anyone else any serious (ahem) gastric repercussions.
I've seen some 99-cent gas station beer bargains over the years; the worst of those was something named Germam (no typo) Beer from Auburndale, Florida. It tasted like it was brewed with recycled alligator you-know-what. That turned up in clear bottles in a gas station in Macon, Georgia, circa 1980.
Recently enough,though, in September, 2001, I pulled off the interstate in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania to hunt down a cold Yuengling on draft. Just the proper place showed up in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. As an outlander, the first two glasses (about 8-ounce pilsner glasses) were on the two locals I met; I bought the third round. Imagine my surprise when I plopped three dollar bills on the counter only to have the bartender shove one back at me and go over to the period National cash register and ka-jing the sale in. She trundled back and laid 95 cents on the counter.
"This can't be right," I entreated.
"Draft Yuengling is 35 cents," she assured me.
One of my spies has returned to the place. Inflation has struck Mahanoy City. My compatriot - who hails from West Hazleton - visited that bar a few weeks ago.
Draft Yuengling was up to 40 cents. And the bartender apologized about it. As had happened with me, the locals were friendly and bought several; my spy told me he simply handed her a fiver, drank quite a few, went down the street for a sandwich, and enjoyed every minute.
The cheapest good beer here in Athens is $ 2.25 house pints at happy hour at Copper Creek Brewing. Think I'll go have one in a few minutes; this thread is getting me thirsty....
Alementarily, Ort. Carlton in On-Draught Athens, Georgia.