Typically I would not pay $5 for a standard pint of beer. Maybe a Belgian or a really strong ale I would. Going rate around these parts is around $3-$4 a pint. Personally when faced with paying premium prices at a bar or picking up a 6-pack for $7-$8 and drinking at home, I’ll choose the latter. Others go the other way more often. Personal preference. But $5 for just about any beer is… a lot. I mean, that’s a big markup. Your typical all-grain beer only costs 50 cents to a dollar to make. Sure, in a commercial setting you’ve got to pay all the overhead. But $5 is a bit steep except maybe for the biggest cities like NYC or LA or something like that, where the cost of living just all-around sucks.
I’m in suburban CT and pints here at bars/resturants are $6-$8 for standard beers, more for premium craft beers (IIPAs, Imperial Stouts) and approaching $2/oz for sours! Most of the time this isn’t even for a real pint, I’m talking about a 14oz tumbler! There are a few bars that do decent happy hours, which is usually $2 off. I’m still paying $5 for a Stone IPA in that case.
Even our local (big) brewery charges $6 at the brewery![/quote]
I live in Kalamazoo MI so I am spoiled with having Bells Brewery right down the road from me and they are about $5-$6 on average a pint so middle of the road I guess for some high quality beer.