Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It finally happened
I paid $10 for a pint! Actually, it wasn't a pint, it was an 8 ounce pour of St. Bernardus Abt 12 in a matching chalice. The beer was awesome, taking me back to a time when all beer was new and each sip an adventure. I am still on that adventure, but a bit more seasoned now, and perhaps a bit cynical. I digress. My rant has turned in to a walk down memory lane, which is not the direction I am traveling in at the moment. As I was saying, the beer was awesome. The price was less awesome. You may recall my rant here, where I mentioned that a pint of beer in San Diego was nearing the $10 mark. Imagine my surprise when I got my bill at Slater's 50/50 and saw $10 next to the St. Bernardus entry! Mind you, this beer retails for around $5 for an 11 ounce bottle, and I had just paid $10 for an 8 ounce pour! Did I mention that I paid $10? I know there will be a mark-up when a beer is served in a restaurant or bar, especially when it is on tap, but that's quite a mark-up. I paid $7 a while back at Hamiltons for a decent pour of The Bruery's Coton, a much more expensive beer. How did Abt 12 ring up at $10? How did I miss this hefty price tag when I ordered? Perhaps the prices aren't listed on Slater's extensive beer menu. I would like to say that they are not and then proceed to complain about it, but I honestly didn't look at the menu with an eye to price, just palate. Was I so blinded by the killer selection that I completely missed the high dollar figure next to each beer on the list? That debate won't be concluded until my next visit to Slater's. I will let you know what I find. Slater's 50/50 is awesome. The manager personally visited our table a couple of times, and even gave us a coupon for a free dessert on out next visit. Their food is superb. Their beer list, 111 strong, speaks for itself. However, the beer prices deserve a second look. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I feel much better. I've also made myself hungry and thirsty!