What is the worst price gouging / profiteering you've seen?

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  1. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    $18 for a 12oz bottle of BCBS at a bar is the worst I've seen... I've never had it, and I don't know what the normal pricing would be for a single at a store, but I have to believe it's probably not more than $6.
  2. Jirin

    Jirin Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    I bought a bottle at a liquor store for $6.99. Don't know what the standard markup is at bars but I saw a Pumpking bomber at a bar for $12 just a couple bucks higher than store price. There's clearly some luxury tax going on there.

    I saw a Rogue Voodoo Donut bomber at a bar for something like $26. Then I went to BA on my phone and it had like a 60. I wonder if anybody actually paid that price for it.
  3. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Bruery and eclipse and bottles for $30. That's unrealistic in my opinion. I would not even pay that much for a bottle of good wine.
  4. RyanOooh

    RyanOooh Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Vermont

    Any bomber over $15 messes with my expenses and my mood...but, Bruery prices are stupid and random. Eclipse blew my mind at $30 and I swear I saw more Eclipse for $32.99
    Brooklyn Black-Ops I saw for $23 a few days before anyone had it for $20, still a gouge.
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  5. jaltland

    jaltland Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Paid $11 for an Arrogant Bastard. Yup.
  6. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,111) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Every growler. Also, most bombers. Just paid $24 for a 4 pack of Barrel aged stout at Thirsty Dog brewery. Great beer, and I know they are paying a lot for bourbon barrels now, but any 4 pack over $15 is high. Pumpking is another I didnt get last year because it was $12 for a 22
  7. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,443) Jul 13, 2010 Florida

    I didn't know that a brewery was capable of price gouging the product that they set the MSRP for.
  8. founders9

    founders9 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Michigan

    $22.99 a bottle for Founders Mango Magnifico. MSRP $12.99
  9. mjstacker

    mjstacker Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    i paid $20 for a bottle of Founders Sweet Repute last month. But the worst gouge was a bottle of Maine Beer Co. Mo that was 5 months old and priced at $10.25.
  10. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,111) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Should clarify. Most growler filling locations are high priced in my opinion, but I also see every brewery that I have been in sell growlers of their beer for the same price as bottled if not higher sometimes.
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  11. MontereyBay831

    MontereyBay831 Initiate (134) Dec 15, 2012 California

    On Friday (2 days ago) I saw a bottle of 2013 Fou Foune sitting on the shelf... For $80.
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  12. dthompson0279

    dthompson0279 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2013 Illinois

    $40 for a 4pk of Bourbon County Stout at a liquor store in Chicago a few weeks after Black Friday.
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  13. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2012 California

    That's high, but bar prices for bottles will almost always be higher than in a store.
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  14. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    I'm a huge fan of growlers and price is a big reason why. I can only speak for where I live, but the price per ounce around here is pretty solid. I don't live in Ohio so I don't know what the deal is there.
    For example, I gotta a 32 oz growler of Brown Shugga on 30% off Monday, and it wasn't even 4 bucks. How can you go wrong with that?
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  15. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    $8.95 for a bomber of Hop Stupid. This place is making next to nothing on 30 packs of BMC and trying to make it up on the crafts.
  16. swedishmailman

    swedishmailman Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2013 Georgia

    At two different stores, I saw 4 packs of World Wide Stout for $38.99 and $49.99 at the other one. Not sure what the price usually is on that beer, but that seemed a little ridiculous.
  17. GoPokes

    GoPokes Initiate (80) Nov 9, 2013 Texas

    Someone in the SW forum posted that a place notorious for gouging around here had single bottles of 12 oz Prairie Noir for $18.99.
  18. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    3 floyds being picked up be Windy city.
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  19. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (441) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Just about every place I've ever seen WWS for sale, it's at $10 ($9.99) a single, so at least the $38 one isn't out of line. $50 is a bit steep for that beer, IMO, unless it's already been aged a couple releases worth.
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  20. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,111) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    That is how it should work. Every experience of mine has put me in position that I only buy stuff that they dont bottle because for the same price and will last longer in 12 oz bottles obviously. Had no problem dropping $50 for growler of bourbon aged Christmas Ale because I could only get it at brewery. But for normally bottled items, not anywhere I have been. Nice avatar by the way
  21. sisterthelonious

    sisterthelonious Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    Any beer over $20 a bomber is a price-gouge. Any 12 ozer over $8 is a price-gouge. You just gotta decide if it's worth it to you.
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  22. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Zealot (581) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois

    I paid $20 for a bottle of KBS at a bar a couple years ago - was the first time I was able to try it so was willing to splurge - plus I had a Groupon that was $20 for $40 of food and drinks so I rationalized that I actually got it for free.
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  23. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    I've been told by other out-of-staters that NY is one of the best "growler friendly" states in the whole country. I've got a decent amount of stores within 10 miles of my house which are almost always fairly priced. The most I've paid is $19 for a 32oz fill of Mexican Cake which I gladly paid 3 times over the span of a week and a half, haha.
    Thanks, big Wes Mantooth fan, myself.
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  24. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,615) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    $50 for a four pack of KBS at a store (not bar)
  25. ShanePB

    ShanePB Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I've regularly paid $50 for Fou Foune and St. Lam at a bar. A bit overpriced but worth it when you need a fix, IMO.
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  26. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    A local bar is asking $50.00 for Brooklyn Black Ops. Black Ops is a great beer but not worth $50.00.
  27. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    I do have one...November of 2012, I paid almost $30 for a bottle of Bolt Cutter at the Cannibal in NYC (to go). The fact I didn't like it a whole lot might have something to do with why I felt that way. I seen it in the 12-18 dollar range everywhere, afterward.
  28. Jimmys

    Jimmys Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Yesterday saw a 12 oz bottle of Otto from Hair of the Dog for $30. No clue what it usually retails for, but that seemed ridiculous to me. This place was also charging $15 for Doggieclaws, which I know is steep.
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  29. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 Georgia

    Like $100 for a cantillon gueuze at a bar by me. Not an old vintage or anything. It's a terrific beer don't get me wrong but damn, I can order the shit from overseas for that price.
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  30. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    Any beer for sale on craigslist...
  31. mackeyse

    mackeyse Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2012 New York

    Black Ops 29.99 at Halftime beverage where a nearby Beverage place had it for 21.99 AND a nearby restaurant was selling it for 32.00 at the bar. Opened my eyes a bit to how diverse prices could be
  32. Ridder

    Ridder Initiate (162) Nov 30, 2013 Minnesota

    In MN, when Surly releases Darkness, things get crazy. I had the afternoon off so I hunted down a couple bottles and saw prices ranging from $18.99 all the way up to $39.99.

    I refused to pay more than $25. I had to hunt a little longer, but I left the higher priced bottles for those people a little more desperate.
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  33. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    Comparing ANY beer price from a store to a price in a bar is patently ridiculous.

    A bottle of BMC is what... $.90 if you buy a 24pk? and many "bars" charge... $2.50? That's nearly 300% markup. On-premise beer will virtually always be higher than off-premise pricing (outside of promos and happy hours).
  34. PickleBucket29

    PickleBucket29 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 Illinois

    I saw a 4-pack of DFH 120 Minute for $40. I passed on it.
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  35. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (585) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    I have never seen any gouging on beer because it is impossible.
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  36. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (585) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    That is retail price, just an fyi
  37. Ericness

    Ericness Initiate (130) Nov 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    A bar in downtown Boston selling $2-$3 40s for $10.
  38. y2jrock60

    y2jrock60 Aspirant (286) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I paid $18 for a six-pack of Rogue Yellow Snow the othe week. The beer is amazing but I feel like I was ripped.
  39. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (493) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Normal price for Black Ops in these parts is $29.

    A jackass bottle shop in Pittsburgh was selling BCBS singles for $17 a few weeks ago. A week before a local grocery store was selling the same for $6.50 per.
  40. ArkyVaughan

    ArkyVaughan Meyvn (1,052) Nov 1, 2013 New Jersey

    I recently saw a four pack of Founders Breakfast Stout priced at $18. Local selling price is $10.99 and there is plenty available.
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