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

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  1. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    Not often, unless I want some for the cellar and no one else has them. Examples include Bolt Cutter for $24 and Black Ops for $26
  2. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Fair enough. Besides you will be leaving more of those bottled beers for me. wink.

    BUT to even further clarify, I would probably always go for draft if given the choice, or not, or yes, I can't decide. Lots of factors involved. Either way it's going to be beer, so I figure things will turn out ok.
  3. MarioM

    MarioM Zealot (514) Sep 13, 2009 California

    Only if its something rare I can't find at the store.
  4. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Last one I paid that much for was on Zwanze day, I know I bought 750's of Iris, Vignerone and Fou Foune. Had some 375's as well but those were less.
  5. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (792) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    I paid $35.00 for a Brooklyn Black Op's in a bar. A friend and i had bet buying the bottle(to share) on a football game. I lost.
  6. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    $32 for Goose Island Juliet. It was expensive and very tasty. I don't regret it, but I probably could've widended my search at beer stores at found it for retail. Patience isnt my thing when it comes to beer.
  7. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Most of the bombers that I buy are $25+ each. But hey, I like rare beers that age well...
  8. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Could you acquire one of these for me? Ill make it worth yer while.
  9. Jaru1026

    Jaru1026 Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I purchased a $40 bottle of '11 Parabola not to long ago... It was well worth it. I just really didnt want to drink the one I had at home!
  10. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Not normally, since mark-up at Austin bars runs in the 50-100% over store cost range, but I broke that rule recently in Portland at Baileys Taproom because (1) their bottle prices are excellent, and (2) you can take them to go or drink there. Loved that damn place.
  11. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Initiate (171) Oct 29, 2008 Illinois
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    I want the 50/50, but I can't pony up to buy it. All varieties are just sitting there pretty. Seems so expensive. On the other hand, I paid slightly less for Abraxus without problem.
  12. Jips

    Jips Aspirant (224) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois
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    Couldn't pass up Bourbon County Rare for $70 when I had the chance (spilt between 5 people)
  13. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,647) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    In general I'll pick draught over bottle. The one exception I've made at a beer bar was when I had my first Fantome--it was priced close to retail, nothing on tap really excited me, and for the price of two pours it came out to be about the same so it was an easy decision.
  14. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    sure - if there isn't anything particularly interesting on draft i might go for a bottle and split it with a couple people - OR - if there's some vintage/rarer bottles on the list (ie 05 LP Framboise).
  15. Imacopyouidiot

    Imacopyouidiot Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 Illinois
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    My buddy and I split a bottle of cherry rye last month. Last year I had a bottles of King Henry, Night Stalker, and i had various FFF bombers.
  16. Impfan

    Impfan Aspirant (232) Dec 31, 2009 Washington

    Why, yes.

    Yes, I do.
  17. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)


    I've seen Cantillon for 40+... no thanks, but i'll buy a peche mortel for 8 bucks.... same as Lawson's Kiwi.
  18. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,648) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I always go for the draft selections. Its just that notion that I can always get a bottle at home, but not an opportunity to try the (supposedly) fresher taps.
  19. Beer-A-Lot

    Beer-A-Lot Defender (676) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    Paid about $23 for a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale during Thanksgiving. Could have gotten it for about $15 at local retailer. But a good time was had by all.
  20. scud

    scud Aspirant (200) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    When visiting NC this past summer I saw a bottle of Black ops in the cooler and really wanted to try it but turned it down when told it was $30
  21. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (200) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    The few times I have it's been bottles of Cantillon and since I never see it at stores and don't trade, I'll continue to do it if it's Cantillon.
  22. Askchucky

    Askchucky Initiate (196) May 2, 2011 Illinois
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    It has to be something I just can't get at a store or something older.
  23. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    only for older bottles i cannot get. 09 parabola, 08 stone irs.
  24. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I would say that was an example of a good waste of %40 of a bottle of St. Lamvinus :wink: :slight_frown:
  25. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    if i was a brouwers in seattle! great selection :wink:
  26. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I have, but only for special occasions or beers I would never be able to find again/anywhere else.
  27. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    At the Cove in baton rouge.

    Beer geek brunch, $23.
    Worth every penny to sit and drink it my first time at the place!
  28. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    just got two bottles of moat water tonight at 25 a piece.
  29. basscram

    basscram Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2006 Maine

    If the mood strikes, you can do it. I compare it to eating out. Cheaper to make it at home for the most part. Your out enjoying yourself at a craft/microbrew beer bar, it's totally ok to buy the expensive beer, even though you KNOW it can be bought at a MUCH cheaper price at a beer store that you frequent.
  30. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    yeah, I brought king henry for 30 a couple times, split between friends it was well worth it!
    I don't mind paying a bit more for beer at a bar, the atmosphere and the service is rolled into the price
  31. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I can't recall ever doing it but the more I get lost in this beer hobby of mine, the more I get tempted. I trade but mostly just for brews that people on the other side of the country can get off the shelf. I still think I would only do it for older vintages for beers that are fairly unattainable. I just drove down to Churchill's last weekend and had no idea they even had a bottle list, much less they had some of those vintages listed. I would have bought at least two different years of The Abyss, no questions asked.
  32. StoneTSR

    StoneTSR Champion (817) Nov 18, 2009 Colorado

    My last two bartending jobs have landed me within a block of two great beer bars. During both jobs, after a really good night ($300-plus) I would walk down and treat myself to a nice bottle. Sometimes I would split it with a co-worker, but other times I would just do it solo. Avery Rumpkin, Uncle Jacob's Stout, Immitus have been my pricey go-tos here in Boulder ($18 - $22 for 12 oz. bottles), in Chicago I was more versatile. But I like the option of celebrating with a big beer and I wish more places allowed people the opportunity to do so. I don't want to ever, ever, ever spend more than $15 on a bottle of champagne, but beer, well, beer is worth splurging sometimes.
  33. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    If I don't/haven't had it and want to have it bad enough then hell yes...EVERY TIME!

    This makes me happy, have a bottle waiting in the cellar.
  34. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    I thought St. Lamvinus at $30 was a pretty good deal. Also at the same place I tried De Dolle Stille Nacht Riserva 2010 for $50 this past weekend. There was also a place close to me that had Cantillon Classic Gueuze 375ml all summer long for $12 per bottle....hard to pass that one up.
  35. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    whats that thing go for anyway (if they will serve it to you)?
  36. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    If you are willing to buy liquor at a bar, you should be willing to pay the markup on a sick beer...
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  37. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Rouge Voodoo Maple Bacon Doughnut... $25 split between 3 friends in Boston who thought they'd never see it again. a year later I went to Oregon and it's on shelves all over Boston.
  38. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Bomber of Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 for $20 recently. Figured it would be my only chance to try it. Plus there was a gift certificate involved, so it was "free".
  39. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Its unreal man. Get in there.
  40. Rfunk

    Rfunk Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 California

    Quite often actually. We get tons of rare beers, and I have always paid retail, but now as of 01/01/13I get it all at cost which is bitchin'.
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