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Do you ever buy the $25 bottle at your favorite craft beer bar?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Davihaw, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Davihaw

    Davihaw Savant (375) Illinois Jun 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Some of my local craft beer bars have rarer bottles for sale at pretty high prices. Do you ever buy these? I bought a 2009 bottle of Cascade Kriek at a bar for $40 recently but that was the first time I had done something like that.
    Are you guys ever tempted?

    Some examples of what I have seen lately:
    Goose Island Madame Rose- $25 (it was $18 retail)
    Founders Bolt Cutter-$32 ($23 retail)
    Allagash Fluxus- $28 ($18 retail)
    FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 year- $45($30 retail)
  2. no way. if they have a bottle, they got it through distro, and I usually can too.

    I go to bars for draft offerings.
  3. I have a Featured Bottle on my beer list at the bar i manage. They usually range from $18 to $45. They dont fly off the shelves but i can consistently sell them.
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  4. crusian

    crusian Advocate (700) Oregon May 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    I did it for cable car :p
  5. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Savant (305) New Jersey Mar 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    yeah pretty much the same unless for some reason i missed getting a bottle and a bar still has one and i really want to drink it, did that with parabola two years back, granted the bar only marked it up a bit so it was an easier decision for me.
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  6. Not worth it for me... I like getting me some craftdraft during Happy Hour.

    Founders Backwoods Bastard? 16oz? $2? No problem with that.
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  7. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    Only on very special occasions. I did on one of me and my wife's first dates. 99.9% of the time I get tap offerings at bars/restaurants.
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  8. I make sure its either something really popular (right now its Arrogant Bastard) or something they cant get (last week i had Pinkus Organic Hefewiezen) or something international (Birra Del Borgo or Zatec)
  9. phisigben

    phisigben Savant (435) Kentucky Jan 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    I normally don't paid for rare bottles at a bar but I have paid $20 for a '02 WWS (in 2009), $20 Alpha Kong (in 2009) and $15 for a '07 BCBS (in 2010)
  10. This x(googleplex).
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  11. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Champion (790) Jul 4, 2008

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  12. trevorjk

    trevorjk Savant (365) Netherlands Aug 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    And Toasted :)

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  13. slander

    slander Site Editor (675) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member

    only when I'm there and want something...
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  14. littletriggers

    littletriggers Aficionado (110) Jun 21, 2012

    I've splurged for a $25 Rose de Gambrinus (vacation) and I think about $30 for a Blushing Monk (girlfriend loves it). That's about it though.
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  15. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012


    2009 Old Stock @ publican (holy shit)

    Goose Island Juliet @ hopleaf (back when it was SO GOOD years ago, way before there was any sort of wide distro... if you live in Chicago, you should remember.)

    FFF Brewdog scotch barrel collab... BLECH.

    Plus a bunch of other ones. I'm not very smart.
  16. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

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  17. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    I did this for cable car kriek and have done it for vintage bottles of jw lees and thomas hardy's.
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  18. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Bottles in bars are a scam. I only get them if that's the only way to find the beer. Or if I'm in another state and the price is similar to MA retail.
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  19. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    I paid $35 for a 12oz '08 BCBS. Prior I had 4 10oz pours of KBS though.
  20. nulledge

    nulledge Aficionado (180) Florida Jul 14, 2008

    My local has a b1 Schramm Heart of Darkness for $125 I keep eying that I can't convince myself to pull the trigger on. And the thing is, it's not even that marked up.
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  21. Jaap

    Jaap Aficionado (225) Washington Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yes, but its not something I do regularly. I paid for a bottle of FW 13 a year ago. I think it was 30 bucks, which I felt was a fair markup.
  22. I've done it, but not regularly. My local hangout doesn't really have that much of a mark-up, so it's nice to have the option.
  23. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (420) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    Haven't done it, but I would do it for some rare beer I wanted to try.
  24. Well, that would have been an exception for me as well.
    Poetic & probably the best DIPA I've ever had.
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  25. jamescain

    jamescain Advocate (695) Texas Jul 14, 2009 Subscriber Beer Trader

    The only times that I ever buy a bottle at a bar is if I'm traveling and they have something in a bottle I want and I don't have time to track it down.
  26. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Jan 24, 2011

    Damn; the prices on that bottle list are absurdly good. $12 bucks for Victory at Sea? That can't be more than a few dollars over retail. Nice find.
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  27. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Advocate (625) Delaware Feb 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    At my local bar, never.. But on vacation, most definitely.
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  28. Something good on draft or whatevers cheapest
  29. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Savant (425) Missouri Jun 10, 2008 Beer Trader

    5 of us went to Hooters to get Goose Island BCBS Cherry Rye. We split 3 bottles between the 5 of us, and it was $30 a bottle. Proceeds went to charity.
  30. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Champion (790) Jul 4, 2008

    I've often told the pub owner that his bottle prices are a bit too low. Weird, I know.
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  31. stealth

    stealth Champion (765) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    OP: I would have grabbed the '09 Kriek for $40, too :) Might be tad on the high side, but that shit is delicious.

    I have no problem paying a bit extra to enhance my evening if a great bottle selection is available. You won't see me paying 2x+ bottle price, though, unless its something super rare or something I would never be able to get my hands on otherwise.
  32. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I remember paying $60 or 65 for 2009 (or 2010) Saint-Lamvinus at the Publican in Chicago during a business trip.

    A quick story to go with this is that a tiny fruit fly that fell in my cup (not into the bottle). I didn't mention anything to my waitress but another waitress passing by noticed it (I was putting my fingers into the cup to get the fruit fly out and she must have looked over to see what the hell I was doing). She took my remaining bottle (60% of the bottle was consumed already) and brought me a new bottle of Saint Lamvinus. She even apologized. I would say that was an example of outstanding service.

  33. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    I've done it a few times. They've always been Cantillons though.
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  34. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Advocate (625) Georgia Nov 13, 2008 Beer Trader

  35. MoparGrease

    MoparGrease Initiate (0) California Jul 26, 2012

    22$ for a Stone 9th anniversary
  36. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (385) Iowa Sep 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    A local bar recently came out with a bottle list. I was tempted to buy a bottle of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break one night but I think it was something like $8 more than what it was at the store...no thanks.
  37. [​IMG]

    This is a case of where I would try something other then Italian craft. The Bruery is on my list as well as more Cantillon.
  38. Rarely, stuff I can't get in stores. I've bought Cantillons a few times at Beachwood ~ $20-32, bought a Cherry Adam from the Wood a few years back on my birthday.
  39. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (355) California Jul 12, 2012

    Nope. Just once on my birthday when i really wanted Fred Flanders. We had 3 of those. Normally no though.