Crazy Beer Prices in NYC

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  1. carps4

    carps4 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 New York
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    $12 for a can of HT - Uncle Barry's
    $10 for a bottle of FBS - Downtown Bar and Grill, Rattle N Hum.

  2. theDoorManager

    theDoorManager Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012

    When someone reminds me to appreciate the the south, I appreciate them.
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  3. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    Its NYC, everything is expensive.
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  4. theDoorManager

    theDoorManager Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012

    Yeah, I had heard about crazy tobacco prices. But 10 dollar beers is like an end of times prophecy.
  5. bunique686

    bunique686 Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan
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    really i was just at founders yesterday and bought a 4 pack for 10 lol i guess a perk of living 30 mins from the brewery
  6. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,135) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    As a Los Angeles BA'r I can tell you that I feel your pain.
  7. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (566) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Pretty typical for NYC, nothing is really cheap.
  8. Soontir

    Soontir Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York

    The Whole Foods at Columbus Circle was selling 4 packs of FBS for $10 last week. There's plenty of crazy prices out here, but some aren't too bad.
  9. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    I go to The Happy Gnome in St. Paul every now and again. Awesome food and an AMAZING craft selection, but be ready to spend about $8+ for an 10oz pour of Breakfast Stout when you go there.
  10. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    You are in a bar in New York City and the beer is expensive.
    Oh my God, what's next? Are you going to let us know that water is wet?
  11. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Beer is a commodity and is tied to cost of living, which is high in NYC.
  12. shawnohall

    shawnohall Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    BA must post a beer acronym chart for us newbies. I figured out what FBS is (Founder's Breakfast Stout?), but what is HT?
  13. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    HT is heady topper.

    bar prices in NYC are usually like $1~2 higher than in boston.

    NYC is pretty shitty beerwise, honestly. rattle n hum is nice, ginger man is alright, blind tiger is meh, the oddities like burp castle and stag's head are nice, and brooklyn has some good places (double windsor is good, spuyten duyvil too, bierkraft is cool, some smaller things like pacific standard and mugs are okay).

    it seems like a decent variety, but most are indeed overpriced, the selection varies from week to week, and compared to boston, VT, and even some areas of CT it's not so hot. also, NYC isn't always that expensive. food and clothes aren't so bad if you're not into being ripped off.
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  14. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Sure, but in NY making $100,000 a year is sort of normal.

    That said, an educated consumer wins in NYC. You need to know the pitfalls. WF is your best bet for fair prices, followed by Good Beer. The markup everywhere else seems to be criminal
  15. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Why is this thread even still open? EVERYTHING is freggin" expensive in NYC. Please.
  16. greybeardloon

    greybeardloon Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 Rhode Island

    I pay more for Narragansett seasonals in Rhode Island than I did in Brooklyn.
  17. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    In Long Island I pay 6.99
  18. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    We all waited for beer to get the same treatment as wine. Well.....not too many people would scoff at ten dollar glass of good wine in NYC, a ten dollar bottle of high end beer should not shock us then. What scares me are the people who have money and will think high end beer is trendy. They will go and buy and pay whatever to get all the small releases thus driving up price and further decreasing supply to those of us who really appreciate fine beers.
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  19. masterofsparks

    masterofsparks Defender (658) Nov 15, 2009 Ohio
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    I still remember being charged $8 for a Yuengling at CBGB (Yuengling and PBR were their cheapest beers at $8 apiece - I didn't even bother asking about other prices). Granted, I was in a tourist trap, but still, that was some mighty sticker shock for my midwestern wallet.
  20. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (69) Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    RnH nice, G-Man alright, and Blind Tiger meh?

    Me thinks you've mixed it up. Once upon a time RnH was amazing, but certainly no longer since Patrick left. They've completely fallen off. Blind Tiger 100% has the best events in Manhattan at this point. Just gotta deal with the crowds. I used to rag on Gingerman a bit, but at this point they're a hell of a lot better than RnH. I've enjoyed it more in the past year or so than in the past for sure.
  21. Jimmyp7010

    Jimmyp7010 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2009 New York
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    In Communist Russia, Beer overpays for you!.
  22. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Manhattan is a rip off. However... My question to you is, what is a reasonable price for a 12 ounce of FBS at a bar?
  23. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    What's CBGB? What you mentioned sound like stadium prices.
  24. rousee

    rousee Meyvn (1,032) Aug 13, 2004 Massachusetts

    Yeah well.. other than taxi fares, coffee and dry cleaning--NYC is more
    expensive for everything. The nighttime surcharge on taxis sort of negates the cab one too. Thank goodness they still have happy hour and many places do it all day not just for an hour or 2.
  25. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,381) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    CBGB was a club where lots of bands used to play (I didn't think it was open any longer)...kind of an epicenter in the punk rock days.
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  26. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Long closed [​IMG]
  27. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (852) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    If you go to just about any bar serving craft beer here in Miami, you should be ready to spend at least $8 on any kind of higher alcohol beer.
    I'm actually surprised that the prices aren't much higher in NYC.
  28. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,096) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Essentially the same prices are common here in the Boston area. It's not just NY.
  29. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    All true. It pays to stick your head out of the foxhole once in a while and shop around.
  30. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,278) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    :grimacing: You did not just say that !! :grinning: Boy NYC has changed.
  31. Franch

    Franch Devotee (451) Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    completely correct. i hate BT because it's perpetually understaffed for the super packed bar, but it's easily the best for special events and cool kegs (psst... hill farmstead edward and arthur are on right now!) other than that, i pretty much stick to top hops and occasionally good beer. RNH has fallen way off. GM is fine.

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  32. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    yeah, gingerman is the one with HF (as opposed to RnH). i guess my problem is being spoiled by boston and waterbury.
    p.s. event-wise, outside of my knowledge scope. rarely made any full on events at the better NYC bars actually.
  33. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I don't live in NYC, I live in Yonkers. I go to Manhattan for partying sparingly.
  34. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    that whole foods has a greeeeat selection too, did they finally finish the growler staion?
    i moved away about two years ago! i fucking miss that city
  35. rozzom

    rozzom Defender (639) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I bought a HT at Uncle Barry's. Paid the same at another bar as well. Did you pay for it and drink it? Or did you 'vote with your wallet' and walk away? My guess is the former.

    And to be honest, I don't think 12 was all that bad. Most bars in NYC will charge $7-9 for a 10-12oz DIPA on tap. $12 is not that bad for 16oz of arguably the best DIPA currently being made. I've seen much worse examples of pricing in NYC. Try Fruet for $54 @ Beer Table Pantry.
  36. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    I thought the Alchemist didn't distro to NYC? I've been dying to try HT for a while now
  37. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,381) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    They do not regularly distribute to NYC but I know they have brought some to NY for events at different bars so it is available occasionally.
  38. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    Ah, good to know, thanks.Gonna have to stop by Uncle Barry's on my way home to finally pop my HT cherry!

    Anyone know if they'll let me just buy the can to go?
  39. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,381) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Not sure but it is delicious, so enjoy!
  40. brooklynbrews

    brooklynbrews Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Uzbekistan

    Be aware that those cans at Uncle Barry's are probably a few months old at this point.
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