Monday, June 21, 2010

Portland Beer Price Index: Summer 2010

It's hard to believe that the days are only going to get shorter from here, since the clouds have kept the days from seeming long at all, but it's the summer solstice already. Here's the Summer 2010 Portland Beer Price Index.

  • 6-packs: $8.73, up 2 cents
  • 22-ounce bombers: $4.95, up 3 cents
  • 6-packs (sale price): $8.25, up 12 cents
  • 22-ounce bombers (sale price): $4.83, down 3 cents
  • 16 oz. draft: $4.21, up 1 cent
  • 16 oz. draft (happy hour): $3.51, up 3 cents

Generally, prices are up a tad, though bomber sale prices continue to fall. There's a little bit of restating going on with the retail numbers. At the time of the Spring 2010 PBPI, I complained that Safeway didn't stock enough of the beers in the index, and asked for suggestions for a replacement. Readers Jeff and Rick suggested the QFC at 55th and Burnside. It was a good call -- the fine beer selection at that store covered all the beers. Sometime in April, I recorded the prices at QFC, so the up/down figures quoted above are with respect to the spring numbers once QFC is factored in, which lowered the prices by 2 or 3 cents.

Speaking of restating, it looks like I may have to find a replacement for Pelican IPA. Neither QFC nor Fred Meyers had it this time. The wine guy at Fred Meyers said that Fred's hasn't been able to get it since Pelican moved to self-distribution. At QFC there was one bottle of Pelican Tsunami Stout and one of Kiwanda Cream Ale, both drastically marked down to $5, which leads me to believe that QFC is also discontinuing Pelican. For the index this time, I maintained the previous QFC and Fred's Pelican prices, and used the closeout $5 QFC price as its sale price. Since you guys were so good at finding me a replacement retailer, I'll ask your advice again. What would be a good bomber to replace Pelican? I'd like it to be an Oregon beer from outside of Portland, so the first things that come to mind are Oakshire and Heater Allen, though I'm not sure QFC has the latter. What do you think?

Time flies when you're having fun. Look for the next PBPI -- one year after the first one! -- around September 21.


  1. You'll have to forgive me for not recalling the beers that you're currently using, but an IPA bomber made outside of Portland, that can be found pretty much anywhere that comes to mind is ninkasi total domination, if you're not using it already.

  2. whoops, I see you've already got that one.

  3. I'll throw a vote in for Overcast, but hey, I like to see more Eugene in the list.

    Heater Allen would also be a good pick if you can verify the store you are using carry Rick's brews.

    If you want another IPA, 10 Barrel's Apocalypse might be interesting; assuming it is available in Portland. Then we could watch for a spike in price if some network picks up the "docutainment" tv show they are filming there.


  4. Do you have Total Domination in there? That's a pretty obvious choice. TG IPA is also pretty broadly available.

    BTW, you may soon have to do six pack/bottles and six pack/cans if things continue as they are.

    As always, I love this feature and thank you for putting it together.

  5. I guess next time I'll list the bombers and six-packs in the post.

    They are:

    . HUB IPA
    . Laurelwood Red
    . Lompoc C-note
    . Ninkasi Total D
    . Pelican IPA (for now)
    . Rogue Shakespeare Stout

    . Bridgeport IPA
    . Caldera Pale (cans)
    . Deschutes Black Butte
    . Full Sail Amber
    . Terminal Gravity IPA
    . Widmer Broken Halo