Thursday, August 11, 2011

After careful investigation, Key Food is still the least-expensive beer option of East Village grocery stores

After yesterday's hard-hitting post on Key Food raising the price of Pabst from $3.60 to $4.99, we decided to take an undecidedly unscientific poll of what other East Village grocery stores charge for cheap beer.

For your reference...

Key Food:
Pabst — $4.99
Natural Ice — $4.79
Milwaukee's Best Premium – $3.99

So.

Met Foods on Second Avenue near Sixth Street...
Pabst — Crap, I forget. It was more than $4.99 though.
Natural Ice — $5.19
Milwaukee's Best Premium – $4.99



So, would it be safe to assume that prices would go down the further east you go? No!

At the Associated on Avenue C at Eighth Street, the Pabst was $11.49 a 12-pack. (A six-pack of Budweiser in cans? $8.49! No Pabst in six packs.)


And at Fine Fare on Avenue C at Fourth Street...

Pabst — $6.99
Natural Ice & Natural Light — $4.99



...but the handy-dandy bro-pack of 24 is $19.99....


Bonus cheap beer tip:

The 12-packs of Natural Ice & Natural Light were just $6.59 at the Rite Aid on Avenue D...


Assume they are the same price at the Rite Aid locations on First Avenue and 14th Street. Enter at your own peril.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Natty ice.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

This is the kind of investigative journalism you can't find in corporate rags like the NY Times and Daily News.

To add a little context to these prices, a PBR or Schaefer tall boy is $9.50 at Yankee Stadium.

Also, one of the best days ever was when I went to the auto checkout with a six of Schaefer and it only charged me $2.50. This was about a year ago though.

Sammy said...

To be fair, the price of PBR at Fine Fare apparantly has nto chnged in well over 10 years, bc that what I paid circa 2000 when i lived around the corner.

James Taylor said...

I always buy my beer at Rite Aid. It's the cheapest option for a 12-pack.

Rock Steady said...

The cheapest beer you can buy is the Trader Joe's brand. It's 49 cents a can.

shmnyc said...

Everything is more expensive at Associated.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about beer? Do a comparison study of milk or bread prices; much more useful.

Crayz "Outdoor Irishman" Eddie said...

“Who cares about beer?" Sacrilege! Off with their heads! Guillotine, guillotine!

Marty Wombacher said...

@Anonymous 11:42 AM: That's crazy talk!

Anonymous said...

"Who cares about beer? Do a comparison study of milk or bread prices; much more useful."

Categorically false. Beer serves the same purpose as milk AND beer (liquid + grain) and it's much more useful, especially during difficult economic times!

Marty Wombacher said...

@Anonymous 12:20 PM: Thanks for bringing sanity back to this thread! Cheers!

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:20

Thanks for the reminder that absolutely NO FUN is allowed in the East Village any more. No beer, only milk, no bars, only shoe stores!

PS: I am being sarcastic.

PPS: Stop being such a stick in the mud

Crazy Eddie said...

Definitely gotta love the un PC lyric "in this man’s world”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nrRlXlbWCU

Anonymous said...

Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life's problems.

Goggla said...

Ugh, gross! Your pennies are better spent down at New Beer wholesalers on Chrystie - go buy yourself something GOOD for cheap.

VH McKenzie said...

I'm totally happy to hear a beer price analysis! But I think a TOTAL food shopping comparison would be helpful.

Is it too crazy to even suggest? Maybe.

I recall a visit to a local bodega to purchase some half and half for my coffee -- there were no prices to be found on anything. When the clerk told me "3 dollahs" and I balked and said, "FORGET IT, you gotta be kidding me," he immediately said, "ok, TWO dollahs."

WTF?

I don't mind bargaining for a cheap pair of sunglasses on St. Mark's but food? Well, that ain't right.

EV Grieve said...

Wish I would have thought about comparing other food/beverage items while at all these places!

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

Aunt Jemima [corn] Syrup for my pancakes was $5.30 at Yankee Deli on C on Sunday!!

Jokes on me though, because I paid it.

Marty Wombacher said...

"But I think a TOTAL food shopping comparison would be helpful."

You mean beer isn't the total food shopping experience? Oh the things I learn at EV Grieve!

Anonymous said...

I miss Silvarios..

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