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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. beefmental

    beefmental Savant (250) Iowa May 26, 2005 Verified

    Only when I am traveling for work and can expense it. :)
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  2. crusian

    crusian Advocate (665) Oregon May 14, 2010 Verified

    $40 iirc... Worth it.
  3. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Savant (355) Michigan Sep 6, 2012

    I'm not sure if she has anymore but I will check defiantly check with her, she held it for me for 3 weeks because I'm in there so often. She had a Founders gift set she put together for christmas that had a boltcutter, frangelic mountain brown, better half, kbs and devil dancer so there is a possibility there could be more.
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  4. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Advocate (505) Ohio Feb 14, 2010 Verified

    My shop has a couple bottles of 2011 BA yeti for $25, wondering if its worth it.
  5. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Verified

    Paid $25 for Moat Water since i missed the small distribution. It was worth every penny
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  6. pnutbutr

    pnutbutr Aficionado (195) New Jersey Jan 4, 2013 Verified

    After a wedding (read: 5 Manhattans deep) in Philly I stumbled into Monk's at 12:30am and ordered a $40 bottle of Fou Foune for myself. It was awesome, but in retrospect pretty dumb.
  7. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    If I was with a couple buddies those two right there would go down easily at that price for us. Mostly because A) I can't get Eclipse here and I had this one at Darkness Day damn good beer. B) Madame Rose was here sorta if you happened to stop in on random day X to your favorite store of the 3 that probably got half a case (sort of like Black Ops was but I did manage a bottle of that).

    I had my friend pick me up a bottle of King Henry in Chicago last January from a liquor store for $30 IMO worth every single cent and I'd pay that again for that beer.

    But I wouldn't throw down anything like that alone or with my wife...because again I'd be alone (my wife is gluten intolerant...)
  8. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    No, good but not that good. I can get new BA Yeti now for $10 here and one of my bottle shops does have 2011 still for the same price, cocoa Yeti...maaaaaaaaaaaybe $20 that one is fantastic with a year under it (again found it for $10).
  9. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Advocate (630) Oregon Mar 2, 2008

    Made a trip specifically to Brouwers for the purpose of paying $50 for LA Isabelle Proximus in 2009 (Damn, those were the good old days.)

    $30 for CC '09 as well.
  10. Definitely. In so cal, quite a few places price their bottles quite reasonably and have stuff that does not see distribution or is hard to obtain when it hits (e.g., beachwood, the play ground and blue palms). When, the draft list is disappointing, it's nice to enjoy a choice bottle for a modest mark up (especially considering they've been cellaring the thing for you).
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  11. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

  12. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Advocate (505) Ohio Feb 14, 2010 Verified

    Well I've never seen it in Ohio before so think I'm gonna waste some money.
  13. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    In that case I'd go for it. Its really damn good. I like Regular Yeti, BA Yeti and Cocao Oak Aged Yeti all three are amazing and I'd buy anyone in a second.
  14. luwak

    luwak Savant (395) Arizona Mar 2, 2010 Verified

    Sure. and sometimes the $50 or $60 dollar bottle. yeah.
    i mostly hate bars but if im out with ppl we usually get something pretty great if available and split it. And when i travel to bars that have better selection than i can get i almost always do it.

    Two days ago i was at SD Toronado and had this:


    the price said $53....im not sure how much I actually paid...but it was totally awesome

  15. hopsputin

    hopsputin Advocate (700) New Jersey Apr 1, 2012 Verified

    I split a bottle of Supplication with a buddy of mine (was $22 or $24...overpriced I know)
  16. hornsup

    hornsup Savant (395) Virginia Nov 29, 2012 Verified

    that beer is like licking an ashtray someone spit maple syrup on...worst beer ive ever had...and yes, ive had keystone/natty ice/etc
  17. Was at a bar last night and they had Founders KBS in their cellar. I got 2 bottles to go at $20/ea. which I'm sure was too much. I wanted it, so that makes it worth it :)
  18. BelgBeerGeek

    BelgBeerGeek Disciple (70) Belgium Nov 11, 2012

  19. What is $25 dollars for the experience of a great tasting beer? You only live once..

    Money doesn't matter, it doesn't feel for you, I used to worry about it everyday, but I've got better things to do. So my advice, enjoy your life and drink that epic beer at least once, then come back and tell us all about it man. :cool:
  20. Hell no. I prefer draft anyways but I did splurge on a 2001 Avec Les Bons Voeux at Brouwers last year.
  21. ldookmariot

    ldookmariot Disciple (65) Texas Jan 13, 2013

    Yes. If I'm out of town and it's a beer I really want that I can't get locally at my favorite bottle shop, I'll pay the high on-site bottle price.
  22. DanE

    DanE Savant (430) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

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  23. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008 Verified

    Nope, too rich for my blood.
  24. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Almost did once. At Map Room in Chicago and the bartender told me he had Tart of Darkness.
    But I was alone and already way too deep to start a sour bomber.
    So he gave me some Jacobins Rouge that ended my night. :p
  25. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    I don't typically do it... but I will every once in a blue moon. For example, on a friend's birthday, we went out for brunch and I bought a bottle of Cuir off the menu, since he really liked Fruet, and it was his birthday and all.
  26. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Savant (425) Virginia Jun 18, 2010 Verified

    Exactly. I did this with 3 Floyd's Alpha Klaus and was glad I did. Especially sine I can't get it in Virginia.
  27. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Advocate (730) Illinois Jan 25, 2009

    Last New Year's Eve I split 2 bottles of King Henry at the bar with my buddy. I think they were $22 each.
    It was perfect because I had only managed to find 3 bottles for sale, so this way I got to try it without cracking one of my limited number of bottles.
  28. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Champion (770) Colorado Jun 9, 2006 Verified

    Bars are for draft or cask in my opinion. The only time I've bought bottles was off the vintage list at Bull and Bush:

    1999 Old Boardhead $12
    2000 and 2002 Bigfoot $10
    2001 Old Stock $10
    2003 Hanssens Oude gueuze $23

    All the prices on those were pretty reasonable in my opinion given that each of the beers was at least 6-10 years old.

    I did consider buying a Cable Car Kriek at Toronado San Diego but was drinking so much lambic that weekend that I said fuck it and ordered more draft Alpine.
  29. I've done this more times than I can count. I've bought Partridge in a Pear tree for $50, '09 - '12 Cable Car (up to $85 for '09), vintage BCBS ($35), BASS ($50), DDG ($50), CFH '11 and '12 ($25 ish) in various bars/tasting rooms in San Diego.
  30. New BA Yeti? Please share as this thread, http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/ba-yeti.46929/ , is the opinion I was under is that it is not released currently.
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

  32. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    You are correct sir, I saw it the other day in the liquor store just in and double checked and was going to come back and correct myself.
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  33. I was going to say...quite a difference in those brews.
    Even if they have a similar name. :D
  34. Class act. Class act.
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  35. I've only paid $25 once for a bottle and that was for Surly Darkness
  36. The place i work at we did a CBS and waffle pairing for $35. It was fucking amazing, the waffle is about an inch and a half thick and if you didnt have a fork on it, it would float away. The waffle had fresh whipped cream and vermont maple syrup. The CBS, well you know...
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  37. No way. There are just too many much more affordable alternatives today. No sense in paying a huge premium for that last 5% improvement. Now, if I were extremely weathy, it might be a different story. But, I'm not :(!
  38. powz87

    powz87 Savant (410) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    I bought the 32 dollar black ops at hop leaf for some reason last night. it was then i knew it was time to go home
  39. hornsup

    hornsup Savant (395) Virginia Nov 29, 2012 Verified

    You file a report for robbery by intimidation.....Black Ops is $16.99 everywhere down here
  40. zachary80

    zachary80 Savant (345) Indiana Nov 29, 2009

    Split a bomber of Black Ops with friends last year at a bar in Chicago, was in the $20-25 range which seemed very fair