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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.

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  1. Bildo

    Bildo Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Minnesota

    Bought a bottle of GI Cherry Rye for $32. Well worth the price. would do it again for another BA stout.
  2. Newbiebeer

    Newbiebeer Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2012 Connecticut

    Just recently I passed up a $25 bottle of barrel aged old rasputin with no regrets. Wasn't the first time...I won't spend over $10 on a pour at a bar. I'm not made of money lol.
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  3. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
    Beer Trader

    I didn't pay quite that much but I was worth it.
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  4. kodt

    kodt Zealot (507) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    I found a restaurant that claims to have a bottle of CBS for $14. Should I go drink it?

    A. they are full of shit.
    B. It's actually KBS
    C. Its long gone and they forgot to update their website.
    Shmuffalo likes this.
  5. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    at the Boneyard, we've been known to split some aged stouts with a few years on them, parabola, stone IRS, etc. its always easier to justify a good way into the drinking session. never had buyers' remorse. but, ending a long session with a 12.5%er is a good way to ensure a slow morning the next day.
  6. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (866) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I bought a $30 bomber of Black Ops. I missed the release of it, and I felt a $10 markup at a restaurant wasn't bad. I split it with 2 friends, so it was essentially a $10 8 ounce pour. Overpriced sure, but not awful.
  7. XpensiveBieros

    XpensiveBieros Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I put up $30 for a bottle of Parabola...a tough sip to swallow, but I'd never had it and it was deliciou$!
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  8. Mag00n

    Mag00n Aspirant (208) Nov 21, 2008 New York

    $45 for fou foune isnt bad, Id prolly pass on small format kriek for $20 though.
  9. brureview

    brureview Meyvn (1,285) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Never. Call me a frugal New Englander:slight_smile: I won't pay $25 for a bottle in a beer store. Is an expensive beer so much better? I did( held my nose)pay $11 for a can of Heady Topper in a bar. It was worth it. Price is not always commensurate with quality.
  10. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    $24 for a 12 oz Supplication and $25 for a bomber of BCBCS. Don't think I would again at that price, but it was worth it to try it once.

    I agree in principle, but in practice, Delaware bars have a peculiar way of acquiring things that liquor stores can't.
  11. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Don't normally but decided to pull the trigger in Salt Lake this past weekend so I could "stick it to the man" in that damn conservative town! $21 for '09 Mirror Mirror. Tasted GREAT!
  12. Juliuspcamacho

    Juliuspcamacho Initiate (147) Aug 17, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    38 dollars for a bottle of Dissident for my birthday. Id do it again for the right occasion
  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I haven't and don't plan to unless it's for a real special occasion.
  14. DrinkNoH2O

    DrinkNoH2O Initiate (174) Oct 17, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I don't typically but if it was something I couldn't get ahold of I probably would.

    At least it's not as bad as wine at restaurants - oh, you have a $10 bottle of Kendall Jackson from the grocery store available for me for $36? How nice!
  15. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (4,752) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Supporter Beer Trader

    I have - twice...both were bottles (one offs) that couldn't be acquired any more and it was easier to drop the cash at the moment rather than try and acquire these through a trade. (Yep...pretty lazy, I know. :flushed:)
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  16. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,299) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Jesus Christ, no.
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  17. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,112) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    About once a month Todd and I hit up a place that have pricey bottles that many people talk about, I am sure we'll be doing that tonight (Friday).

    $25 is in the moderate range depending on what beer you are talking about.
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  18. Pinioned

    Pinioned Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Kentucky

    That would be a big fat no.
  19. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,112) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Subscriber

    Walked into Spuyten Duyvil not so long ago ... $69 for two bottles. Did not even blink, expected. As I said, once a month ... tops.
  20. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Bought a Lost Abbey Deliverance once. Not worth the price I paid but it was awesome.
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  21. Lethal04

    Lethal04 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2009 Missouri

    Never seen anything worth $25 at any of the bars I go to so thats a no.
  22. Svendozen

    Svendozen Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    I whole hearedly agree with you!!! I went into the Prohibition Pig last Saturday after being disappointed at the Alchemist Cannery. My wife and I were seated amongst a sea of hipsters, I looked at the menu and said "What the f-ck?! Grab your purse we're leaving." and they have Hill Farmstead on tap. THIS IS BEER...NOT THE CURE FOR CANCER!
  23. Fluffheady

    Fluffheady Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Normally I would reply by saying that you don't understand the care that goes into and the quality of the ingredients in some beers. There are definitely beers that merit a $30 price point (or more) on a bar bottle list.

    However. I looked up the restaurant you went to, and DAMN. They need to get a clue. Their prices are 20% higher than the highest price I've ever seen for those beers. And I live in Chicago.
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  24. Svendozen

    Svendozen Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    It's funny you mention that, because I had the same conversation on the way home. I was a little over zealous with my comment, and there ARE beers that are worth it. And as I told my wife "there are beers that I would spend that on. But that place seems like they're charging extortionate prices to keep guys like me out." I liken it to this douchebag I work with. He goes to this beer shop that is full of Snobby Dicks, and they sell him SHIT at a high price. But because he's paying a high price he thinks he got the best beer. I've been to that same shop. They're assholes. I'M NOT KIDDING he said to me a couple weeks ago "there really isn't any beer that's brewed in the states that really appeals to me. Like (store that shall remain nameless) turned me on to this beer from the UK you probably haven't heard of Old Speckeled Hen". You and I know this beer is shit, and I was going to say something to him, but I descided that he probably deserved his shit Old Speckeled Hen at $3 a bottle. The guys in the Prohibition Pig? Same guys. They can keep their beer. Because I'll put they money they charge for a beer into my gas tank and take a day trip to Greensboro and drink Hill Farmstead at the brewery.

  25. biercycle

    biercycle Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    About a year ago I bought 375ml bottles of Russian River Consecration and Supplication for ~$15 each. I thought it was rather expensive but given the rarity on the East Coast and Pennsylvania liquor laws, I figured it was worth snagging them while I could.

    The Supplication was my first real sour and I am still not sure if I appreciated it and whether it was worth the coin.
  26. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    In 2008, when those beers were actually findable on shelves: No; in 2013 when 99.99% of the time they aren't: Yes.
  27. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,467) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    KBS in bars here are $10. I've seen Cantillion priced at $30, not into sours at ll but if I was I'd do it once in awhile.
  28. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I would pay for the right beer on the right occasion, but I haven't been to that time and place.
  29. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    When I was there last October I paid maybe $6-7 for a pint of HF Double Citra and Lawson's Hopzilla, totally worth it. There bottle list is marked up a bit, but their drafts are on point. Also, $10 for a Peche Mortel at a bar isn't too crazy.
  30. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Where? In Belgium? No way Fou'Foune is that cheap in the US, unless it was 20 years ago maybe.
  31. DinoFight

    DinoFight Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Arizona

    Nope....Plenty of great beers out there that cost much less and I can purchase more of.
  32. Scalzo

    Scalzo Aspirant (244) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    30 is normally my limit, saw a 2005 Baladin Xyauyu for 43.99..... almost broke my rule
  33. masshlx

    masshlx Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2003 Massachusetts

    Short answer, no
    Long answer, absolutely not.
  34. ilovermont

    ilovermont Initiate (43) Jul 18, 2012 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Believe the typical pricing on both of those offerings at Pro Pig is 7-8$ for a 12 oz. pour.

    But arguably still worth it.
  35. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    never paid $25 for a bottle but I did spend $20 on 1.5 ounces of Sam Utopia 10th anniversary last week. Worth it for a shot? Yes. Would I pay $200 for a bottle? Highly unlikely.
  36. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,019) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Where I work and I don't get an employee discount either.
  37. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I would pay that all day, every day!
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  38. jimlapaglia

    jimlapaglia Initiate (115) Jan 1, 2009 New York

    In 1978 I turned down a 25 dollar ticket to see the Jerry Garcia Band at the Orpheum Theater in Boston saying, I wouldn't pay 25 dollars to see a resurrection unless it was my own.

    In 2012 Stones tickets went for 400 dollars.

    My point is never turn down a good experience if you can do it. God knows it ain' t gonna get cheaper.
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  39. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I don't look at prices. There. I made my confession.

    I guess that's wrong or something. Me want = me get.
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  40. CHickman

    CHickman Poo-Bah (2,470) Jan 7, 2009 New York

    Ordered two $60 bottles of Bogedal No. 156 at DBGB in NYC a few years back on someone's corporate card, and the beer was excellent; rang up over $200 just in beer and the group had a very fine night.
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