What is the most expensive beer you have ever bought? Was it worth it? Any self respecting beer enthusiast has a pretty good idea on the most expensive bottle they have ever had. However, there is an entirely different tier of beer fans that are willing to pay absurd amounts to taste rare beers. Prices that rival that of vintage wine and other luxury items.
Exactly how much are we talking? For the purposes of this article, all my prices are coming from beerblackbook.com. Just going down the list of Top 250 beers on Beer Advocate, here are some of the prices:
- Toppling Goliath “Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout 2014” 12 oz – $1300
- Three Floyds “Marshmallow Handjee 2016” 750 mL – $750
- Hill Farmstead “Ann” 750 mL – $1150
- Cantillon “Bourgogne Lambic” 750 mL – $3000
And the list goes on and on….
I honestly don’t get it. Are the beers above probably good? No, they are probably UNBELIEVABLE. But I already have a hard enough time forking over $20+ to my local liquor store for a four pack of New England IPA. If I EVER paid more than $100 a bottle, it better have gold flakes** in it.
This feels like the ongoing wineification of beer. More expensive liquid and enthusiasts who will pay. I miss the days when beer was a buy and trade hobby. For some reason, paying someone straight up cash for a special beer they probably hoarded seems anti-beer geek. Store hopping, waiting in lines, and trading with your fellow nerd seems so much more pure. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but if I wanted to pay wine prices, I would just drink wine.
**BrewDog actually did make this beer with gold flakes