It's the winter solstice, time once again for the quarterly Portland Beer Price Index. In response to comments on the first PBPI back in September, I recorded not only the regular price of the beers in the survey, but also sale prices (for retail) and happy hour prices (for bars).
Reminder: this survey is not a complaint about beer prices generally or at any particular place. It's just my attempt to watch price trends over time. For more details on which beers and establishments were surveyed, see the first PBPI.
Here is the Winter 2009 PBPI:
- 6-packs: $8.75, down 10 cents
- 22-ounce bombers: $5.03, down 5 cents
- 6-packs (sale price): $7.85
- 22-ounce bombers (sale price): $4.97
- 16 oz. draft: $4.20, unchanged
- 16 oz. draft (happy hour): $3.46
The decline in retail prices is mainly due to Belmont Station's lower prices, though Fred Meyers lowered one or two also. The sale/happy-hour prices are based on all the beers in the survey, so it includes beers that weren't on sale. That's especially evident in the bomber prices -- almost none of them were marked down when I did my canvass. A few more details are worth mentioning: