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

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  1. Davihaw

    Davihaw Aspirant (288) Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
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    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. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    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 Crusader (743) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    I did it for cable car :stuck_out_tongue:
  5. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Aspirant (264) Mar 1, 2011 New Jersey
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    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. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    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. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    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. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

  9. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    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)
  10. phisigben

    phisigben Initiate (184) Jan 8, 2009 Kentucky
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    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)
  11. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This x(googleplex).
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  12. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

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  13. trevorjk

    trevorjk Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Netherlands
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    And Toasted :slight_smile:

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  14. slander

    slander Site Editor (1,806) Nov 5, 2001 New York

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

    littletriggers Initiate (123) 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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  16. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois


    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.
  17. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

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  18. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    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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  19. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    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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  20. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

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

    nulledge Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2008 Florida

    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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  22. Jaap

    Jaap Initiate (159) Sep 21, 2012 Washington
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    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.
  23. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    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.
  24. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Haven't done it, but I would do it for some rare beer I wanted to try.
  25. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Well, that would have been an exception for me as well.
    Poetic & probably the best DIPA I've ever had.
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  26. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    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.
  27. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    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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  28. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Devotee (414) Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    At my local bar, never.. But on vacation, most definitely.
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  29. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Something good on draft or whatevers cheapest
  30. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    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.
  31. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) 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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  32. stealth

    stealth Zealot (507) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    OP: I would have grabbed the '09 Kriek for $40, too :slight_smile: 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.
  33. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    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.

  34. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,658) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I've done it a few times. They've always been Cantillons though.
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  35. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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  36. MoparGrease

    MoparGrease Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 California

    22$ for a Stone 9th anniversary
  37. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Aspirant (232) Sep 29, 2012 Iowa
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    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 thanks.
  38. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (447) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey


    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.
  39. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Poo-Bah (3,820) Jun 27, 2007 California

    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.
  40. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (245) Jul 12, 2012 California

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