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

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  1. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    In this area, it tends to be whatever the packaging price is, the single price is at bars and restaurants. Bombers are usually double the retail price.

    Ex: $6 6-pack, $6 single bottle @ the bar/restaurant. $12 bomber, $24 bomber @ the bar/restaurant...

    So it's either hope your favorite beer goes on draft, or prepare to pay through the nose.
  2. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,270) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Tempted - yes. Buy - no, especially if the little woman and I want to eat. Maybe on vacation, but it would have to be something we both like and that is a tough intersection to find sometimes. We usually stick with draft even though the draft scene isn't all that exciting in my neck of the woods... You know, big night out and those Wendy's dispensers only have Coke products :wink:
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  3. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    trade me a bottle then id like one for the cellar
  4. hornsup

    hornsup Disciple (324) Nov 29, 2012 Virginia
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    pm and we'll set it up.
  5. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    awesome - post it in your review. anything positive to contribute to the thread?
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  6. TheMonk41

    TheMonk41 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Michigan
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    Sure have! Last February ... King Henry bottles $25.00 a pop and drank all three there :slight_smile:
  7. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    This thread has inspired me to pull the trigger on bottles more often. Not bad prices around here, either. Got Sucaba the other night for only $20
  8. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (703) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Nope. Was out with the parents and the lady up in Flagstaff, saw Abyss '12 on the menu for $25 but just couldn't pull the trigger...especially when I know I've got 3 bottles at home and I paid ~$14 for 'em. Got me an XS Old Crusty draft instead for $7.
  9. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    All day!
    $25 for a great beer! Yes
  10. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    Is $45 for a Cantillon Fou' Foune bad? It is a 750ml. Also, how about a Cantillon 100% Kriek (in a smaller bottle) for $20?
  11. Rutager

    Rutager Poo-Bah (2,188) Oct 18, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)
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    I spent $75 on a Homage recently. No regrets.
  12. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    almost never.
  13. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (620) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    I paid $20 for a bottle of KBS at a bar last year. It was my first one and I had a $40 Groupon that cost me $20, so I felt like I actually got it for free. :wink:
  14. dan027

    dan027 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Depends, when it's a one-off and I can't find it anywhere else (options are limited in PA) like Firestone Walker XVI, definitely. Most year rounds and seasonals can be found elsewhere cheaper
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  15. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,338) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Yup, if its worth it!
  16. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    Way too often.
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  17. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (512) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Nope. Never.
  18. rodlavers

    rodlavers Defender (617) Jun 20, 2012 Maryland

    I bought a bottle of 07 BCBS at bar a few weeks ago, it was $20. More recently than that I bought a bottle of Angle's Share Bourbon for $25.
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  19. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (830) Jul 15, 2007 California

    No. Gone are the days when I feel spending $25 or more on a single bottle of beer is worth it. Then again I live in Vegas where thousands of people every day shove $20 bills down strippers thongs to get their jollies for a couple of minutes, so maybe $25 on a large format bottle of good beer isn't all that bad.
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  20. FremontBar

    FremontBar Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013 Arizona
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    It's reasonable to pay more at a bar, than retail. I have about 25 bombers at my bar that sell from $12-$30 and I sell quite a lot, they are perfect for sharing. People pay crazy mark ups for a bottle of wine so a slight mark up on beer should be fine. As a business owner you have to think about storage, serving it, glassware, taxes, cost of liquor license, etc. Much more involved than marking it up 30% and sticking it on a shelf.
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  21. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (439) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    I generally do my bottles at home. One exception is Top Hops, a bottle shop\on premises combo here in NYC. They add a $2 corking fee to drink it at the bar, but generally the prices aren't jacked up to the $30-$40 range that you see in a bar that's just a bar.
    As much as Tørst might be my favorite beer bar around, the prices on that bottle list are ridiculous. Several Cantillons upwards of $100.
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  22. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,704) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    No. And I hope it never comes to this. $25 bottles are why you should all take up homebrewing.
  23. AndyCarter

    AndyCarter Initiate (169) Feb 23, 2012 California
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    I was at Falling Rock (Denver), and they had just put up on a chalk board "Russian River Tornado 25th Anniv, $40." I thought, I could, but I got a plane to catch. A gentleman walks in, sees the sign, and orders a bottle on the spot. Ends up splitting it with a few strangers, including me at the bar. We enjoy it. After that, he decides to get another bottle, split that. Amazing! After that, we all split a Love Child #2. He pays for it and leaves!

    Talk about beer advocacy!
  24. cde1218

    cde1218 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 New Jersey
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    After Hurricane Sandy hit I took a day to get out of dodge and went to a well known Philly beer spot with a friend (whom shall remain nameless) and ended up spending $300+ on trying every Cantillon on the menu along with "you-call-its" from the awesome bartender whom overlooked the 1 Cantillon per table rule given our situation. Great way to unwind for sure, just wish I remember which ones I had!
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  25. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 Michigan

    Thats crazy what bar was this and how much did the bartender have to drink that night?
  26. SerialTicker

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

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    Fastest reply ever.
  27. Reggae4203

    Reggae4203 Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 California

    All day every day!
  28. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 California

    It has to be a special occasion, a special bottle, or probably both. But yeah, sometimes.
  29. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    yea, i dropped that much on a fantome saison a little while ago while on a date
    i regret nothing
    except the fact that she drank it with a straw......whatever, she's still one of the good ones
  30. closisinthehouse

    closisinthehouse Devotee (457) Jun 10, 2011 Florida
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    Yep, if it a beer that I really want.
  31. T100Mark

    T100Mark Disciple (375) Apr 25, 2012 California

  32. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,257) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I paid $18 for a 750ml Fou'Foune.......and $12 for the kriek
  33. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    I very rarely buy bottles at restaurants/tap houses/bars. Come to think of it, Toronado is the only place I really buy bottles. Cable car and 6 year old Pannepot for $35? Yes please.
  34. Uncleserg

    Uncleserg Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2009 California

    I try not to but it seems lately $20 and above is what I'm spending. I agree with closisinthehouse "If its a beer I really want."
  35. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Yes I would if its something that I can share and havent had/cannot buy. That said, not many places around here have a bottle list that's worth even looking at
  36. tpp6788

    tpp6788 Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Ohio

    As stated by several people I go for draft brews, not bottles. Never have purchased a bottle besides the few and far between Cantillon. Besides that I've only drank bottles if I was Iced / Peach Fuzzy Naveled.
  37. kemoarps

    kemoarps Meyvn (1,119) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    Froma STORE, not currently, but that's due mostly to financial situations than any moral objections or whatever. When I've had better cash flow, I've bought more expensive beers

    From a bar/restaurant/whatever? Draft. I can buy bottles for home consumption, and with the markup that is standard (and arguably necessary) in food service, I'd rather pay more for a serving type unavailable elsewhere than simply for the privilege of being on their premise.

    That being said, if I haven't been able to find it elsewhere and really want it, I just might have to...
  38. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Only a hand full of times and all when I was out of town
  39. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    Only if its something that I can't get. The only reason I even go to a bar is to drink stuff I normally can't to be honest. My favorite bar does 4oz pours of everything on tap so I usually get 4-6 different beers. I don't mind paying $25 for a bottle if its something I really want to try though.
  40. claytong

    claytong Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011 Vermont

    Vignerrone for 30 and one other cantillon for 30
    Well worth it
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