Half Full Or Half Empty?


Earlier this week I was in a modest country hotel and, fancying a beer, I ordered a bottle of non-alcoholic beer, as I was driving later. The cost for 33cl was €4.58. This is roughly equivalent to €7.90 per pint.

I asked what was the price of the alcoholic draught beer of the same brand and was told it was €4.80 per pint! Is this another example of cheap alcohol or just another rip-off?

Eamonn Lawless,
Dublin 18.

Paying for the alcohol-free option (Irish Times letters page)


8 thoughts on “Half Full Or Half Empty?

  1. Jonjo

    Bottles of beer in pubs are usually the same price as the pint even though they contain less. This is not news.

    Maybe you have an argument that non alcoholic beer should be cheaper.

  2. Cian

    Not a fair comparison.
    Bottles are more expensive than draft [per ml].
    Small quantities are more expensive than large [per ml]. (i.e. a pint is cheaper than 2 half-pint glasses.)

    But still a big difference. The alcohol free has no duty, so should be a lot cheaper.

    1. Bonkers

      Worked in pubs many moons ago and the publican cartel was always nervous of price increases on a pint but when it came to bottles they would double the increase each time.
      People who drink bottles are less price sensitive than those who drink pints. Plus drinking bottles of beer is cooler or something.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I think people drink bottles when they don’t want to get langers too quickly. You can keep up with a round without drinking a wussy half pint: a bottle seems like more (well, because it is more but only by a smidge).

  3. Bobjoc

    Was in The Gibson Hotel on the weekend. A coke (200ml) and a Lucozade (or Club equivalent of)………. €7 on the nose.

  4. Cian

    “Another example” of cheap alcohol?

    4.80 a pint is not cheap for out of a city in the bulk of Europe (Scandinavia excepted) so no, its not even a first example of cheap alcohol.

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