- 6-packs: $9.23, up 25 cents
- 22-ounce bombers: $4.99, up 6 cents
- 6-packs (sale price): $8.73, up 5 cents
- 22-ounce bombers (sale price): $4.78, up 1 cent
- 16 oz. draft: $4.35, up 2 cents
- 16 oz. draft (happy hour): $3.57, unchanged
As far as logistics go, I had to adjust the prices I have been recording at the Pearl Specialty Market, because I didn't notice until this time that their shelf price includes the bottle deposit, even on six-packs. Not that most of us cash those deposits back in, but all the other prices I've been recording leave off the deposit, so this time I brought Pearl's prices down accordingly. As a result, the previously reported Q3 numbers are slightly higher than the base price used for the price differences above.
Has the beer selection been shrinking at the Seven Corners New Seasons? Unlike QFC and Fred Meyers, they continue to carry Pelican IPA, but they did not have sixers of high-volume standbys Widmer Hef or Deschutes Black Butte Porter on the shelf, nor did they have Rogue Shakespeare Stout. I was able to record reasonable prices since they had other bottles from those breweries that are always priced the same as the missing ones, but it makes me wonder what they're up to.
Finally, I want to remind everyone that this is not a complaint about beer prices, not that I'm above that, especially with numbers like these. But the main purpose of the PBPI is to track price trends over time. Click here for an explanation of how the numbers are gathered, and check back three months from now for the Q1 2012 PBPI. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say to get ready to see even higher prices next time.