$/oz breaking point on beer

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  1. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Ignoring for a moment the cost of the first time you buy a beer (tickers gotta tick, after all), what is your general breaking point for purchasing beers a second time.

    For me, I think it's somewhere around a $1/oz if buying retail -- although there are exceptions to be made with some of the absolute best beers like Chocolate Rain, Cable Car, Fou Foune, certain Cascades, etc.
  2. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Three Fidy?
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  3. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    $1/oz? jesus that's a high breaking point.
  4. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    $1/oz is $72 for a six-pack. So you've got a pretty darn high breaking point I'd say.
  5. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Aspirant (235) Dec 13, 2011 California
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    For most beer, 0.75/oz. The most I have ever paid was 45 for a bottle of cantillon cuvee de champions, and I struggled the whole way to the register
  6. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Good question.

    I am way low, likely, compared to many here. I have to really swallow hard to ever pay more than $ .25/oz for any everyday drinker. Very, very, very rarely will I pay upwards of $ .50/oz. And at that....only for something as special to me as BCBS. Beyond that...I'm passing. Funny thing....my budget, my disposable, and my wife would let me buy anything I want. I just don't feel the need to over pay when so many great beers are available in my daily range of $ .10-.15/oz.

    Good thread. May get folks to really thinking about just how much they DO pay sometimes.
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  7. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    I mean... If I just want to drink to get drunk, I probably wouldn't surpass $1.5/12 oz. (ZD)

    If I was drinking because it tastes good, no more than $10-20/1oz.
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  8. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts
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    That's a tough call. I can't say I've ever been out to a bar and broke my beer selection down the cost per oz. I tend to go with a budget for the experience of the night, and go after new interesting looking beers, and then fall back to the few 2-4 beers that I've been hooked on. Those 2-4 beers change based on seasons, mood and event types. I know that doesn't fully answer your question, but its honestly how I approach my night.
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  9. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    not proud, but I paid close to 1.50 once. mikkeller beer geek weasel edition. bought 5 bottles :flushed:
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  10. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,757) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    8.33$ per oz, Sink the Bismark
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  11. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (554) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This is a weird thread that requires math! I suck at math when sober and I usually have a beer while on this site. I dont know what my breaking point is. Probably 50 cents per ounce but only on a rare occasion. That comes out to a 12 dollar bomber. That it a good stopping point for beer.... Unless supply is severely limited. In which case I may trade one of my appendages for a sip of warm bud light!
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  12. TheMonk41

    TheMonk41 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Michigan
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    None, if I want it, I buy/trade for it and I drink it and enjoy.
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  13. USMCretired

    USMCretired Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 California

    Two years ago I made a promise to myself to never spend more than $20 on a bottle of beer. Thank God Alemsith's Kopi Luwaks were only $17 per bottle.
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  14. ericj551

    ericj551 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2004 Alberta (Canada)

    I guess a dollar per ounce is pretty much my max but I rarely spend that much. $12 per bomber is pretty rare for me. I saw Brooklyn Black Ops in the store today for $35 and didn't even consider it.
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  15. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    Well said sir, as this is how I do it. When I walk into a bottles shop or bar, I pretty much always have a set amount of what I'm going to spend. Whether a walk out with 100 or 1 beer, I try not to exceed that set amount.
  16. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    Depends a lot on the format, since "one" can be 11 oz or 25 or...

    For a repeat buy, it's rare that I spend more than:

    $20 for a bomber or 750ml = $0.90/oz
    Single small bottles (think DeStruise), rarely more than $8/11oz = $0.72/oz
    $22 for a 4-pk (BCBS) = $0.46/oz
    $15 for a sixer = $0.21/oz

    A lot of this has to do with the type of beer that comes in each format. I wouldn't be paying $70 for a sixer (equivalent to the 750ml price), and I wouldn't want that much beer, anyway.
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  17. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    I work hard so that I can enjoy things in life. If I like a beer, I'll buy it. It's a relatively inexpensive luxury.
  18. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    Heck no. I love the stuff, but when it's normally around $22....
  19. zstef99

    zstef99 Initiate (41) Dec 25, 2008 New York

    I rarely buy bombers over 8 or 9 bucks. $15 or so would probably be my limit unless its something really unusual. That's around $.75/oz.

    In general I try to stick to 4 or 6 packs due to cost though. A $12 4 pack is still only $.25 per oz. Bombers are the biggest ripoff in the craft beer world IMO.
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  20. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Saw a Black Ops for $21 today , that's a size able difference.
  21. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (199) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Rare was about $2/oz. I bought four of them and would have bought more, had I seen them.

    BA DL is usually $50/750, so right around $2/oz as well. I wouldn't bat an eye at any of those as well.

    It is certainly beer specific, but I'm not sure I would be able to get past $2/oz.
  22. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,614) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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  23. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    A dollar an ounce for me, but I have gone over it on occasion.
  24. gshak

    gshak Zealot (512) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    Did I read that right - $10-20/1oz...that's like $120-$240 for a 12 ozer....you sir, are a baller! I tip my hat to you!
  25. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois


    4oz of '83 Dirty Horse for $40 (I think?), would pay twice as much to have Loerik, DQ, etc.
  26. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    I would pay up to $60 for a Blabaer, I think, maybe more.
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  27. LouDogg114

    LouDogg114 Aspirant (283) Jan 1, 2012 Georgia

    The lady at my local bottle shop pulled a black ops from behind the counter to show me. But for 23 bones, all i could do was hold it and read the label. I usually don't go over 12 a bomber
  28. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    That's still less than what regular Speedway costs in MA.
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  29. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    For me, it all depends on the beer. I think $1/oz is a good limit just because it's a round number. That would be $22/bomber, which would be a really expensive beer for me, but not outrageous. I've paid more before, and will again. If I could afford it, I'd gladly by the $199 bottle of Utopias I saw the other day. When it comes down to it, no matter how good the beer is, I think my absolute limit would be $50/bomber. About $2.27/oz. And that would easily change depending on my position in life, and whether or not I had a balance on my credit card at the time.
  30. Ctaylor

    Ctaylor Initiate (16) Nov 30, 2012 Virginia
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    25$-30$ a bomber/750, the rest, you can do the math
  31. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (624) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    $1/oz is about tops for me and I think Evil Twin is really pushing it with some of their 12oz bottles as of late...
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  32. StylzMC

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

    My breaking point is around $1/oz and that's only if its something limited and in a style I really enjoy. Regularly, I spend about $.25/oz.
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  33. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (624) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I did split a bottle of Bramble Rye with a friend recently for $30, but it was at a restaurant/bar though so that was acceptable
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  34. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I paid $250 for a PvW 23 year bourbon without thinking twice, so I guess my liquor $/oz is over $10
    Beer, however, is different. I don't think i've come across a beer that would break my threshold. There's absurdity in pricing (like places selling 12oz Black Note for $14/bottle) but then there's some special beers that really might be worth it.
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  35. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    ABV is a big factor, even more so drinking out. . A few bars sell Utopia at $12 for 1oz. but at $5 per oz I would get some. The average tasting pint at 5$ with an ABV under 5% is barely worth all the trips to the urinal.
  36. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    There is none for me. Beer is beer! and it is nothing short of amazing.
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  37. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Not everywhere though close enough. $15 around here.
  38. slarrage

    slarrage Aspirant (213) Oct 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    If I try a beer and am really into it, I'll pay whatever to get more
  39. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Eh, It's $22 for a bomber and plenty are $19.99 these days. I call $1/oz "Cherry Rye" pricing :slight_smile:
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  40. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    HA. Well, I wouldnt be buying six packs of that stuff!! Well, unless it's consecration...
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