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About a week ago, my friend and I decided to drive to take a spontaneous trip because it was nice outside. We ended up in Ohio somehow, and remembered that Ohio’s Aldi’s sells alcohol. When I say they sell alcohol, I mean it’s super cheap. When we got there, we couldn’t believe the selection they had. They had knockoff White claws for $6, and knockoff Angry Orchards for $9. You really couldn’t beat the prices, especially with the wines and the cheapest one was $3! We bought 2 bottles of wine, a case of “White Claws” and “Angry Orchard” and went on our way. Here’s my review on how good they were!

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The first one we tried was called “Wicked Grove” which is comparable to an Angry Orchard, which is a hard cider. The taste was almost identical to an Angry Orchard but had a bit more of an alcohol taste compared to our friend “Angry Orchard.” Overall, I would rate it a solid 7/10.

Angry Orchard Hard Cider
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The next alcohol we tried was the knockoff White Claws which were called “Vista Bay.” Honestly, I got the black cherry ones and they were almost IDENTICAL to the taste of a White Claw. The only thing that was different is that they weren’t flavored as much as a White Claw typically is. Overall, I would rate these as a solid 8.5/10.


Lastly, we had to get some cheap wine. We paid $3 each for our own bottles. The wine was actually amazing for $3. I mean, with college students you can’t really tell a difference in wine anyway because all we care about is price! I had the Pinot Grigio, which was really good. It wasn’t too dry and it wasn’t too sweet. Overall, I would rate the wine a solid 9/10.

valentine wine
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Going on this spontaneous trip really didn’t end in a bust at all. The alcohol was decent and it was at such a low price that you can’t beat. I would definitely make the trip back to Ohio to get more from Aldi!

Ciara Boyle

PS Behrend '21

Psychology major with an LER minor! i love my dog more than anything<3
Ramsey Struble

PS Behrend '21

Penn State Behrend//Biology Pre-Optometry