What happened to beer?

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July 5th, 2019 at 8:03:53 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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This beer is on sale at my local beer distributor for $388.99 a case. Granted the beer bottles are 750 ml (25 ounce) which is what I think of as a wine bottle size, but that is still $16.21 a bottle at a beer distributor. I can't imagine what you would pay at a bar.

I used to buy Yuengling from $14 to $25 a case. Do you guys buy these premium craft beers?
July 5th, 2019 at 8:13:13 PM permalink
rxwine
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Back in the day, I bought a whole case of Blatz beer for $4.
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July 5th, 2019 at 9:25:02 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: rxwine
Back in the day, I bought a whole case of Blatz beer for $4.


Stroh's was $5 a case in the late 60's.
It was great, then they changed
the formula and now it sucks.
Can't count the number of stop
signs I chucked these bottles
at in HS from the passenger
seat.

If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
July 5th, 2019 at 10:12:23 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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This one is actually 6% pricier at $194.99 for a case of 12 ounce beers
July 6th, 2019 at 3:58:54 AM permalink
Mosca
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You can still get Coors, Bud, etc. Many of the smaller regional beers (Stroh’s) are gone, but they weren’t so different from Budweiser or Miller. Prices have gone up, but in a world where an onion costs a dollar, that is to be expected.

What you are seeing is better choices, and focusing on the high end. Now you have the choice to buy that beer, something you didn’t have 30 years ago.

Very few cases of a high end beer are sold, but lots of single bottles are. It isn’t a “lawnmower” beer, it is an exercise in flavor. I’d buy one to try it, but it wouldn’t be on the regular shopping list. In general I top out at $10/6 pack. You can get decent beer for that.
July 6th, 2019 at 9:51:07 AM permalink
DRich
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Quote: rxwine
Back in the day, I bought a whole case of Blatz beer for $4.


Me too, that was my college beer. I think with tax it was about $4.50
July 6th, 2019 at 11:14:33 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: Mosca
Very few cases of a high end beer are sold, but lots of single bottles are.
Yes. Supermarkets around here have specialty beers in racks often with a mix n match six-pack cardboard container. People select premium beers but grab some Bud.
July 6th, 2019 at 11:26:12 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Speaking of beverages, a few years ago
saw a Coke guy restocking the shelves
in a supermarket. He said he has a route
and hits each store six times a day. The
Pepsi guy only hits each store twice.
I can't imagine a more boring job. People
buy Coke almost as fast as they make it.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
July 6th, 2019 at 11:41:56 AM permalink
DRich
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Quote: Evenbob
Speaking of beverages, a few years ago
saw a Coke guy restocking the shelves
in a supermarket. He said he has a route
and hits each store six times a day. The
Pepsi guy only hits each store twice.
I can't imagine a more boring job. People
buy Coke almost as fast as they make it.


Wow, 6 times a day is almost unbelievable
July 6th, 2019 at 12:14:41 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Evenbob
Speaking of beverages, a few years ago
saw a Coke guy restocking the shelves
in a supermarket. He said he has a route
and hits each store six times a day. The
Pepsi guy only hits each store twice.
I can't imagine a more boring job. People
buy Coke almost as fast as they make it.


That seems to be how it works now, saves WMT and others the labor. When I worked grocery we were union and they could not stock the shelves unless it was a very special display. We had to fill Pepsi three times as often as Coke, but for some reason my store hated the Pepsi guy. It got weird once or twice. Really weird.
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