Originally Posted by HbgBill
I hear ya.. I don't mind spending $4-5 a pint at one of my local breweries once in a while.. I can't brew Pliny and haven't tried Racer at home yet.. So, it's a treat to do this once in a while. BB is right... you can buy a lot of fixin's for the price of that 3L bottle of DAB. I'd love to have the bottle.. but..... :O
Certainly. Buying a beer at an establishment (brewpub or whatever) is a little different. I'll pay the $5, or $8, or $10 they charge for a beer they are promoting as their best craftsmanship.
But if I'm dropping money on a beer, to drink it at home, that is more than I'd pay for a solid beer at a bar, then it had better have some definitive evidence, beyond the brand name, to indicate that it is a special experience. Blending, souring, traditional methods, etc... those all qualify.
A beer COULD be worth $100 a bottle. Just show me where the expense went. A custom yeast strain maintained at the brewery? Special equipment? Long aging times? A fancy label isn't going to cut it with me. I'm not opposed to a hundred dollar beer, but it's on the producer to convince me that it's more than just a marketing gimmick.