Some midrange preferences while I’m on about it:
Gin – Beefeater or Bombay, whichever is on sale cheaper.
Scotch, blended – Johnnie Walker Black or Double Black.
Bourbon – Wild Turkey 101
Scotch, single-malt – Prices have been going up and new offerings have been popping up faster than I can afford. I need to dig around and find a new one. Used to be Glenfiddich 15 year solera before a $15 price hike locally. Still a solid drahm, though.
Brandy – Asbach Uralt, Chalfonte VSOP, any Remy/Courvoissier/Hennessey VSOP
Rye – Slim pickins in NH. Bulleit for what I can score.
Apple Brandy – See rye. Whatever decent calvados for now v0v
Wine, any variety – Is it under $20? I’ll try it at least once. On a spiffy occasion. But I reaaaaaaallllllly try to stay under $15 which serves my palate fine.
Beer, ale – Whatever microbrew in the price range if it fits my mood.
Beer, lager – I’ll usually stick with cheap fizzy yellow American adjunct lager, to be honest. But would be lying if I said a Sam Adams or better lager didn’t occasionally hit the spot.
Port – Sandeman is tasty.
Sherry – Dry Sack is fine.
Hey, I forgot hard cider! – Angry Orchard, Woodchuck, whatever, they are mostly decent once you look into regional real ciders. Or keep with homebrew.