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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. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Savant (380) Colorado Dec 22, 2012

    Nope - the bars I go to have pretty good stuff on draught already, and I can't reconcile spending that much on a bottle just to drink it at a bar.
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  2. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Advocate (670) Pennsylvania Mar 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    Nope, not yet. Can't wait till I have enough money to buy expensive bar bottles, but I still won't. I'll spend that money on other crap.
  3. Tony412

    Tony412 Savant (310) Michigan Jan 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    I did the same recently in Detroit, no regrets, it was tasty.
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  4. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Champion (875) Minnesota Dec 7, 2007 Beer Trader

    Met a fellow BA a couple months back & split a Cherry Rye at a local pub & eatery - $23
    Damn that was good, but I'm glad he was there to help because 11 oz was perfect that night.
  5. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009

    no. never bought a bottle of beer at a bar.

    wouldn't pay more than $ 5 for a draft.
  6. kyleelton

    kyleelton Aficionado (135) Texas Sep 22, 2010

    There's a formula for that: Beer in question(Quality+availability)+the occasion/$ in my bank account. There's a variable in there somewhere that includes whether or not my wife is there to talk me down.

    That said, I don't think I've ever been to a place where this magic equation was fulfilled. Texas is trying to grow it's craft beer market, but charging people $25 for a bomber won't do it.
  7. hoppymcgee

    hoppymcgee Advocate (610) Connecticut Oct 18, 2008 Beer Trader

    Wanna know why? Because they can. They will not fold and another W for capitalism.
  8. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Champion (755) Minnesota Feb 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    No. Because I'm relatively poor and I don't want to pay for the mark-up.
  9. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    There's a local bar I go to that has a decent bottle collection, but I haven't purchased any bottles from them yet. I didn't see any "I can only buy it here" bottles. Plus, they always have a good tap list anyways.

    That being said, I heard Toronado in SF sold Cable Car and Cable Car Kriek. If I saw those bottles at a bar I'd buy it even at a considerable mark-up.
  10. I prefer to drink in bars and have seen plenty of $25+ bottles but most of the same bars have just as good beers on tap. The other issue I have is I'm always alone so getting a big bottle for my self is usually dangerous.
  11. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (610) California Sep 13, 2009

    Fantome for $22 at my favorite bar is reasonable IMO so Yes.
  12. Gameover170

    Gameover170 Savant (375) Indiana Feb 8, 2013 Beer Trader

    $25 for a BCBCS. Totally worth it
  13. RobM77

    RobM77 Aficionado (180) Illinois Feb 14, 2013

    No... but I did buy the $40 Parabola! :D
  14. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Aficionado (245) New York Dec 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    35$ bottle of 2011 BCBS Bramble rye...YES PLEASE!

    I do have to say its not a regular on the menu and they only got in one case.
  15. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Aficionado (245) New York Dec 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Where do you live in new york?
    Tons of great draft around here...
  16. Kanger

    Kanger Advocate (635) New York Sep 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    My bar is all about the drafts. Everything in bottles there is swill for the masses.
  17. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009

  18. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Savant (345) New York May 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Dont see much for $5 or less. What am I missing?
  19. Morningside

    Morningside Aficionado (205) New Jersey Jan 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    Rarely. Most of the time the good bottles are in the liquor stores in my area anyway. And with the amount I spend on beer weekly, I can't afford to be careless by spending an extra $10-20 on something I can find in a store.
  20. If it is a beer that is worth $25, absolutely.
  21. dbol

    dbol Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2007

    have done. sometimes $25 at the bar beats bushwhacking around to find it cheaper.
  22. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (425) Nebraska Sep 24, 2012

    I used to say never. Then I bought a 2008 Lost Abbey Angel's Share brandy barrel aged for $24. No regrets.
  23. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (710) California Oct 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    The bottle list at one of my local spots has batch 2 supplication and cable car. I've split a cc on numerous occasions
  24. mrchrisray

    mrchrisray Advocate (560) New York May 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    I dropped $24 on a bottle of Captain Lawrence Rosso E Marrone at my go-to establishment. It was worth it and was a great intro into the world of sours. Now I generally get the hook up at this place and get access to brews they don't advertise. Money well spent, IMHO, especially since it got me a free HT :)
  25. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Black Back in VT had Cantillion by the bottle about a year ago, $30 believe. I was happy drinking HF Susan.
  26. hnandez

    hnandez Savant (330) California Jun 5, 2013

    Only if I see something rare that I have never had.
  27. I have a hunch you wouldn't have too hard a time finding someone to split it with you at a bar...
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  28. I haven't, but I would consider it if the particular offering(s) were beers I really wanted to try, and couldn't easily find otherwise.