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September 29, 2008

Beer ain't getting cheaper

brewer's artWell, in light of all the economic mess, I have some more bad news: The price of beer is going up.

I've been hearing doomsday stories for about a year now of how suds are going to cost twice as much in five years.

I don't buy into all that, but I did make a quick call to Brewer's Art (1106 N. Charles St.) co-owner Volker Stewart about it.

When the Mount Vernon brewpub first started selling Resurrection Ale (and you know how I love that stuff) back in 1997, it cost $3 a glass ($1.50 during happy hour*), Stewart said.

These days, it will run you $4.25 a glass ($3 during happy hour). So in 11 years, the price of this beer has gone up by more than 40 percent. Ouch. And it ain't getting any cheaper, either.

"At some point, we may have to pump it up another quarter to offset the impact on our bottom line," Stewart said.

But wait -- there's more ...

I plugged some numbers into this nifty inflation calculator, which told me $3 in 1997 was worth $3.86 in 2007. That means the price of Resurrection has gone up more than inflation.

Stewart said the price of malt has gone up 60 percent, but he can't pass all that onto customers, or they'd beat him to death with his own shoes.

Stewart had a great question, though:

"Where's my $700 billion? ... I would settle for $700,000 ..."

(Photo of inflation zapping beer at Brewer's Art by Monica Lopossay/Sun Photographer. It kind of reminds me of the TV show Highlander, when what's-his-face chopped people's heads off and got shocked by lightening bolts. Quite awesome.) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:38 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Still, 3 bucks during happy hour isn't so bad. Sam, have you had the 12 labors of Hercules yet? Probably my second favorite after Resurrection.

I don't care how much beer costs - so long as it arrives with a brandy glass full of brown M&M's.

Resurrection Ale has got to be the most over rated beer I've ever had.


Nothing cures those economy blues like some great drink specials! Beer might not be getting cheaper, but you can definitely find some great deals around town. ...

A digression

"Cash flow, where did those bucks go"

Leisure Process (were Gary Barnacle & Ross Middleton) - Cashflow - 1983:

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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