...It was just under $50US for 1 twelve and one sixer. Don't even remember what it was - nothing I could buy here around Chicago. And the beer was nothing special, drinkable but not memorable.
This is what I'm finding to be the case more and more with commercial beer in general, especially in the last few years with the proliferation of smaller brewers; the price lately seems to be disproportionate to what the product actually delivers. Some of the new beers out there are actually pretty good, and I am all for supporting a locally made or artisanal product (if it's good)...but seeing the now ubiquitous 4-packs going for upwards of $10-12 is becoming a bit cringeworthy. Kind of like what Starbucks has managed to accomplish with its overpriced and generally overdone coffee.
That said, I guess that I really should tip my hat to anyone
who can produce a product that the public wants and is willing to pay a bit too much for.
It's part of the American Dream, I suppose.
I agree with the observation that homebrewing isn't for everyone, and for many who do brew at home it isn't even about saving money.
But I'm sure glad that I've stuck with it all these years because I'm getting the beer I like and
saving a load of money.