By William Brand
Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 10:54 am in what's on tap.
And furthermore….On the cost of a pint of Pliny the Elder at Barclay’s, the great beer pub at 5940 College Ave. in Oakland…They’ve raised the price of a pint of Pliny to $7.50, causing consternation among some regulars and Pliny lovers.
Haven’t reached Gene Bromstead, the pub owner yet. But I did talked to Derek Krebs, who is handling beer orders these days. (GM Ryan Westerman has left Barclay’s. Will miss Ryan).
Doing the math, a 15.5 gallon barrel of Pliny now costs $180, up 33 percent. “We pour 20 oz. pints, it comes up to 98 to 100 glasses,” Derek said.
That comes out at about $5.55 a pint. (My math.) So that’s less than a $2 profit a pint; the profit has to pay for everything, the pub rent, taxes, employees, equipment, upkeep.
Derek adds that Vinnie Cilurzo,, Russian River’s brewer-owner, tells them he signed hop futures contracts last year, which means he now pays more for hops than he had been. So there were are, our economy sucks, doesn’t it. Everybody’s caught in the same squeeze. Damn.
But I’d rather drink a 20 ounce glass of Pliny at $7.50, than any corporate beer ever made. Period. You know what I mean, there you are stuck in a hotel or chain restaurant with friends, you look at the menu and they have: 1. many light beers. 2. Heineken. 3. Stella. 4. Guinness…the mind reels and the palate is sickened. What would I be willing to pay for a glass of Pliny right then. $7.50? Damn right.