Hoosier Beer Geek,Do we have any ideas? Well, we're not sure we completely agree with Brad's assessment of local beer prices - in an email conversation Matt noted that on a recent trip to a Chicago liquor store, most beer was priced at 50 cents to $1 more than what we pay in Indianapolis. Gina and I regularly shop in the St. Louis area, and liquor store prices there seem to be generally in line with what they are here, apart from the occasional craft import. As for pub prices? In conversation we thought that perhaps they're a little higher here than elsewhere.
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Here is my question for you, and maybe you can't answer it. I work for (Name Deleted) and Indianapolis is the seventh city I've lived in in just under ten years, including my college days in Arizona. I've lived in Tampa, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Tempe, Cleveland, and now Indianapolis. Why is Indianapolis the most expensive city I've ever been in for beer? The price of living here is the lowest I've seen outside of Cleveland, but when I go to the bars the drinks are $6, $7, and $8 dollars for a pint of local beer. The beer prices in the liquor stores are even worse - six packs all over $10 and four packs of pale ale for $12. This is not what I've experienced around the country. In Charlotte it would be downright shocking to see a six pack over $10 dollars. I am certainly not knocking the quality, but the price point is a good 15-30% markup in comparison to the other cities I've recently lived in.
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So we'll open it up to our readers. What's your impression of beer prices in Indianapolis versus everywhere else you've been? Leave a comment.