I have spent upwards of $1000 to travel/stay in towns for beer events. You don't have to do that for this release. Others may next year. Beer is a luxury in life. Don't spend money on it you can't afford to. Special release brews seem to worth more to some folks than others. Also, don't underestimate the costs for a small brewery to buy/ship barrels. Templeton Rye Whiskey is the Surly of the spirit world! Huge hype surrounds this brand! For someone the size of Steel Toe to grab barrels from them had to cost. Plus, they probably had to go and pick up the barrels they were able to get their hands on. This beer probably cost more to you because of the $/time spent inproduction. Lunker likely took more time to ferment that 2 batches of Provider. Steel Toe could easily sell more kegs of provider than they are capable of producing in their current facilities. The only reason a brewery their size would make a beer like this is to give guys like us a special treat.