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Why is non alcoholic beer as expensive as regular?

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  • 14-05-2019 2:56pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,803 ✭✭✭


    Pubs seem to be charging the same as regular beer despite what I would imagine is less duty etc?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,004 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    It generally costs more to make but, yes, the lack of duty should more than offset this cost.

    The real answer : because people are willing to pay that much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 212 ✭✭Prospector1989


    Fairly certain you'll be refused if you try to buy a bottle in the supermarket before 12:30 on a Sunday as well.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 945 ✭✭✭Always Tired


    Because the legalized drug dealers, sorry, pub owners don't want it biting into their bottom line.

    If you drink the NA beer, you're not going to have too many in the first place. It doesn't have that 'moreish' effect normal beer does. And they don't taste as nice. Some are better than others but even the nicer ones you can taste the difference. And when there's no buzz coming theres little reason to horse them into ya.

    And they don't want to create any extra incentive for people to switch to that, on top of the above reasons. They want people to drink piss, charge a fiver a glass, turf you out the door once you've been sufficiently poisoned and they have your dosh, and they don't give a toss about you other than that. If you want to make a healthy choice for your mind and body thats fine with them as long as you still spend a ridiculous amount on whatever swill they're slinging.

    I hope that alcohol free bar does well. I don't live in Dublin but I'm going to check it out next month when I go up. Surely they will have some more inspiring options, and anyway you wont feel the need to have some type of green bottle or frothy glass to not stick out.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Greed, pure and simple.

    Same as why a half pint costs roughly 70-80% the price of a full pint, instead of 50%. Because they want your money, and they'll do all they can to get it.

    Want to just have a glass of coke? Sorry bud, we only have them tiny glass bottles for €2.75 each (which happens to be 400% profit for me, incidentally) so a pint of that is dearer than a proper pint.

    Pint of mi-wadi, you say? That'll be 3 times the price I've paid for the full bottle of undiluted stuff, my good man, thank you very much.

    The VFI and publicans in general are an absolute racket in this country. It is thanks to them that it is impossible to get cans after 10pm, that bottles of wine are €2 dearer than they should be and that cans and bottles from the offos will follow suit in the next 18 months.

    They'll plead the poor mouth when things aren't going their way and say that they're all in favour of measures to curb problem drinking and drink driving and all that jazz. How many pubs signed up to that designated driver campaign with the free soft drinks last Christmas? Was it fewer than 10, or something?


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,865 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    The VFI and publicans in general are an absolute racket in this country.
    One which the drinking public is largely fine with. We choose to drink a higher proportion of our beer in pubs (65%) than every country in Europe except Portugal.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,786 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    In Portugal, there's a pub or two in every hamlet and it costs equivalent of ~2.50 a pint outside of tourist traps even in the big cities.. Licencing laws being the big difference there.

    I go to an event in Portugal every year and the usual place I stay is ~5km outside a medium sized town - there's two "villages" on the way that have lost their shops to falling trade and both still have pubs; in Ireland the last pub often goes before the last shop.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,997 ✭✭✭Adyx


    Heineken 0.0 is almost the same price as regular Heineken wholesale but of course it's all the greedy publican's fault.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    That's practically brand new and has been the subject of a widespread advertising campaign in recent months. Not surprised it's similarly priced to regular Heineken in the off licence and supermarket.

    What about a more established n/a beer like, say, Erdinger? Would you be surprised to find out its twice as expensive, per litre, as the alcohol version?

    https://m.tesco.ie/mt/www.tesco.ie/groceries/product/search/default.aspx?searchBox=Erdinger&un_jtt_redirect

    Show me a pub that sells it for half price, so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,491 ✭✭✭Masala


    And you can't buy it on tap... bottles only. Another ripoff!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,803 ✭✭✭Xcellor


    The drink driving laws are being blamed for the demise of rural pubs, pubs should be pushing non-alcoholic alternatives to encourage the 1 or 2 pint people to keep going to the pubs.

    With the nice sunny weather I really enjoy a pint when I'm out and about and hate sugary ****e so a non-alcoholic beer is a great alternative (not enough choice though and requires more options) but being charged almost 10 euros to get a pint of the stuff is nonsense!!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,004 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    Masala wrote: »
    And you can't buy it on tap... bottles only. Another ripoff!!

    That's a really dumb comment.

    Publicans generally make a better margin on keg beer. If there was a big enough demand for na beer, it would be on tap.
    It's not on tap because there is low demand for na beer.

    Would you be happier drinking keg na beer knowing that the ripoff merchant is making a better margin???


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 5,791 Mod ✭✭✭✭irish_goat


    That's a really dumb comment.

    Publicans generally make a better margin on keg beer. If there was a big enough demand for na beer, it would be on tap.
    It's not on tap because there is low demand for na beer.

    Would you be happier drinking keg na beer knowing that the ripoff merchant is making a better margin???

    I think his point is that, 'per ml', bottles cost a lot more than pints.

    Estrella Galicia 0.0 was on tap at one stage recently (maybe at The Bank?)as the only non-alc beer on tap in Ireland, but it seemed to be a one off.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,539 ✭✭✭The Specialist


    Serious question to those who buy NA beer - why?? What is the actual point of it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,381 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    Serious question to those who buy NA beer - why?? What is the actual point of it?

    Do you get the point of people drinking coke? apple juice?

    And it is typically a lot cheaper per ml than those are in a pub.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,004 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    irish_goat wrote: »
    I think his point is that, 'per ml', bottles cost a lot more than pints..

    Yes but it's not deliberately not put on tap to rip people off as I understood the comment to be suggesting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,918 ✭✭✭granturismo


    Non alcoholic beer costs more to produce than regular. There is the cost of any additional processes to reduce the alcohol content. I've no idea what % this adds to the production cost, compared to any duty cost forgone.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,539 ✭✭✭The Specialist


    rubadub wrote: »
    Do you get the point of people drinking coke? apple juice?

    And it is typically a lot cheaper per ml than those are in a pub.

    Yeah of course, if you're not drinking then coke or apple juice would be quite normal. I just don't get the point of NA - you don't drink beer for the taste do you? It would be the same as THC free weed - nobody smokes it for the taste but the effect. Maybe I'm just too set in my ways and views but it just seems like a waste of money to be drinking something meant to have an effect without that effect.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,381 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    you don't drink beer for the taste do you?
    I do, and know plenty who would have a single pint in a restaurant and that would be it, and not since they are driving.

    Plenty don't I remember a guy in work shocked that I had a pint with food, saying he drank bud as it was the most flavourless beer he could find.

    I see lads in pubs buy 2 cokes at a time and down pints of it all night, don't think I could manage that, very heavy on the wallet too.
    It would be the same as THC free weed - nobody smokes it for the taste but the effect.
    Plenty smoke CBD weed and I presume it is for the taste (as well as medicinal effects) as you can get it in oil form and I guess it is cheaper to buy the oil.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,524 Mod ✭✭✭✭Amirani


    Yeah of course, if you're not drinking then coke or apple juice would be quite normal. I just don't get the point of NA - you don't drink beer for the taste do you?

    I absolutely drink beer for the taste.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,514 ✭✭✭OleRodrigo


    Been drinking Koppaberg NA strawberry and lime cider from Tesco, its absolutely delish. 1.75 a bottle.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 33,931 ✭✭✭✭listermint


    Yeah of course, if you're not drinking then coke or apple juice would be quite normal. I just don't get the point of NA - you don't drink beer for the taste do you? It would be the same as THC free weed - nobody smokes it for the taste but the effect. Maybe I'm just too set in my ways and views but it just seems like a waste of money to be drinking something meant to have an effect without that effect.

    Did you stumble into the wrong forum......


  • Registered Users Posts: 633 ✭✭✭clevtrev


    not a big fan of NA beer myself but if I am driving and have the option of drinking 3 cokes or 3 NA beers then it would be the beer everytime. Apart the sweetness of the coke, fanta or apple juice which I dont enjoy it also means "I fit in with the in crowd" having a beer withouth the alcohol!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,514 ✭✭✭OleRodrigo


    Interesting thing about alcohol and taste - its actually a mild poison that the body initially rejects. Much like nicotine in cigarettes tastes awful but then grows on the smoker until they start to love the smell and taste.

    But if they stop for a period of time, the taste buds reset back to their default setting.

    So, to continue enjoying the taste of booze, you gotta keep on drinking :pac:.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 455 ✭✭jasper100



    Want to just have a glass of coke? Sorry bud, we only have them tiny glass bottles for €2.75 each (which happens to be 400% profit for me, incidentally) so a pint of that is dearer than a proper pint.


    Selling at €2.75 gives about 60% profit. That does not include the barmans wages, ice, slice of lemon, clean toilets, insurance, rates, heat, maintenance etc. etc.

    To suggest its 400% is just ridiculous.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,988 ✭✭✭✭Del2005


    clevtrev wrote: »
    not a big fan of NA beer myself but if I am driving and have the option of drinking 3 cokes or 3 NA beers then it would be the beer everytime. Apart the sweetness of the coke, fanta or apple juice which I dont enjoy it also means "I fit in with the in crowd" having a beer withouth the alcohol!

    If I'm driving I'll have water and couldn't give a feck what the crowd thinks. They are usually happy for the lift regardless.

    Any NA beer I've tried has been horrible. But I've tried plenty of horrible A beers so maybe I just haven't found the nice NA ones, but I just don't see the point of NA beer so won't try.


  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 13,501 ✭✭✭✭antodeco


    Serious question to those who buy NA beer - why?? What is the actual point of it?

    Erdinger Non-Alcoholic is a really tasty drink when cold. Very malty. Nice drink to have 2 or 3 bottles with. Like a malt milkshake. Heineken 0.0 tastes very similar to normal heineken, which is gicky, so Ive avoided that. Will need to try the Estrella NA and see what its like.

    The wife is going in to check out the alcohol free bar. Ive read write ups of it, and it looks really good. I hope it survives and does well. I like a good cocktail, but after 2 or 3, you are sugared out and boozed up enough to make you feel someway nauseous.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,491 ✭✭✭Masala


    That's a really dumb comment.

    Publicans generally make a better margin on keg beer. If there was a big enough demand for na beer, it would be on tap.
    It's not on tap because there is low demand for na beer.

    Would you be happier drinking keg na beer knowing that the ripoff merchant is making a better margin???

    Whats dumb about it...... I dont want to pay €5 for a bottle of beer Alcoholic or otherwise when I get double the amount in a pint glass for the same price.

    And I dont give a **** what margin the publican makes. I just care what it costs me out of my pocket.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,004 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    Masala wrote: »
    Whats dumb about it...... I dont want to pay €5 for a bottle of beer Alcoholic or otherwise when I get double the amount in a pint glass for the same price.

    And I dont give a **** what margin the publican makes. I just care what it costs me out of my pocket.
    Double? Really?
    Where are you paying €5 for half pint or 25cl bottles of na beer?

    Here's an idea:
    Don't buy it.
    No one ripping you off then.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 886 ✭✭✭Anteayer


    If only I could find a non alcoholic and gluten free beer. Basically, I'm looking for a glass of water that has some kind of vague flavour and isn't full of sugar or sweeteners.

    Some of the artisan ciders are quite nice but I can't drink Bulmers, but none of those are non-alcoholic. I usually end up just drinking sparkling water if I'm out and have to drive.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,786 ✭✭✭spurshero


    You have to laugh the way people seem to think every euro a publican takes goes into there own pocket . I guarantee most people giving out on these type of threads are in a job where they get paid weekly and are not the ones paying others . Running any kind of business now espicially pubs and resteraunts the costs are gone massive . Rates insurance tv costs food staff costs are all gone through the roof . A lot more pins closed then opened over the last 10 years and that will continue . Ok you have some pubs in Dublin cork Galway etc that are doing very well but that’s the exception rather then the rule


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