If you want to start exploring the more premium end of craft beer, the trick is to buddy up on bottles and buy thirds on draft. Some of the best stuff around really won’t break the bank, but there’s a lot of special stuff out there that is way beyond my budget, but totally worth what you pay for it.
I always thought that paying £20 for the equivalent of a pint was completely ludicrous, until I leaned a bit about the reason why.
Four things to consider;
The cost of brewing specialities – smaller batches with lower yield mean higher production costs.
Provenance – where and who it’s from means something. Breweries that have been around for a long time, some literally centuries, know what they are doing, and do it well.
The cost of raw ingredients and processes – if a beer has been aged, it had to be somewhere (it had rent to pay!). All of the flavours come from different ingredients, the have to be sources, purchased, shipped and processed.
Pubs (and breweries) cost money to run! There’s, rent, there’s staff, there’s insurance, there’s marketing, there’s bills, and it’s all darn expensive!
Here’s a few of my favourites I recommend sharing with a friend!