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Old 04-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Five bucks a pint for Happy Hour

Holy crap. I don't homebrew just for the savings, but sometimes I just feel like I'm getting gouged when I head to a bar, and I'm glad I can make a fine beer for the price of BMC. I'm in downtown Cleveland, and we just got this flyer from our management company. $5 a pint for Craft Beer, Happy Hour pricing? What? That's a peak hour price in my book. I still refuse to pay $7 for a 20 oz Bud at the ball park. Won't do it. Am I crazy?

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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All I can think of is the line in 40 yr old Virgin when they are talking about how busy the club is and the other guy says, "Yeah $9 beer night is always busy"

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #3
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No but I am. 11 dollars for a pbr at the Denver Fillmore.

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I agree. I won't pay $5 for a craft beer unless it's with dinner. Happy hour prices should be $2 for BMC and $3 for craft pints in my book.

Fortunately our local Buffalo Wild Wings has a pretty sweet Monday night special: All beer on draft (They have about 30 taps) is $1.78/pint ALL NIGHT! I will usually try to have a pint of any IPA I haven't had and then enjoy Fat Tire Amber Ale for $2 (with tax) per pour!

The most I have ever paid for beer is $12 for a 24 oz can of Miller at a concert. Never again!

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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$5 a pint sounds like a good deal to me! Here in D.C. I pay anywhere from 6 - 13 dollars for craft beer. Bud on happy hour is usually $4 here. I would say an average non-happy hour pint in D.C. is about $7.

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$5 a pint sounds like a good deal to me! Here in D.C. I pay anywhere from 6 - 13 dollars for craft beer. Bud on happy hour is usually $4 here. I would say an average non-happy hour pint in D.C. is about $7.
Yeah, pretty much. 5 bucks for BMC? No way. But for something decent? Sure.
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I remember we all turned 19 (drinking age in BC) and would go to the places that served "buck a beer". It was a 12 ounce beer glass of BMC (labbats blue, molson cdn, etc). I ran a couple of pubs in the early 90's and we would have $2.50 tuesdays (anything on tap) and always did a $3 pint special every other day of the week. I guess 20 years later, $5 doesn't sound that far off to me. I certainly would rather get a $5 pint of good beer, rather than a $2 glass of BMC.

I found lots of happy hour specials in FT Lauderdale. Rarely beer, but we found lot of places that had 2/$5 (mixed) drinks, and 2/$5 appy's....

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$5 a pint sounds like a good deal to me! Here in D.C. I pay anywhere from 6 - 13 dollars for craft beer. Bud on happy hour is usually $4 here. I would say an average non-happy hour pint in D.C. is about $7.

$13? Wow.... They must have the hell taxed out of them..
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$5 a pint sounds like a good deal to me! Here in D.C. I pay anywhere from 6 - 13 dollars for craft beer. Bud on happy hour is usually $4 here. I would say an average non-happy hour pint in D.C. is about $7.
I'm with you! I wish HH prices for craft beer were around $5 in DC! Brasserie Beck (Belgian Restaurant) used to do half price draft belgians for happy hour. That was in the neighborhood of $5 a beer, but they don't do it any more. On Friday I had a Chef Geoff's "Supermug" of Star Hill Northern Lights IPA for $12, so I thought that was a good deal... 32oz of hoppy goodness!

This is a regional thing, so whether $5 is a good price or not is going to change place to place.
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Most of the micros / nanos / brewpubs in the Tampa Bay area are at $5-6 a pint for their own beers and a dollar more for guest taps. The beer bars are $5-7+ for anything non BMC and most of the places that do happy hour don't includes crafts or imports.

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