Tag Archives: economics

The Session #50: What makes you buy someone’s beer?

Today is the 50th iteration of The Session, and it fell upon Alan over at A Good Beer Blog to select the topic—particularly apropos because Alan is one of the long-time beer bloggers, one of the proto-beer-bloggers, if you will (he’s been doing this a bit longer than I have), and asks hard questions about beer. Like this month’s topic: What makes you buy someone’s beer? So, based on all of that, here is where … Continue reading →

Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator, for Android

It was a year and a half ago that I first pointed to It’s Pub Night’s Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator (SPE); a brilliant little app that tells you the equivalent cost of your beer as if you were buying a six-pack of it (in 12-ounce bottles). Which can be an eye-opening comparison. Now, to be even cooler, there is now an Android app of this as well—for the Android phone, that is. (No iPhone app yet … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: The $20 beer challenge

This is the latest in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. One of the things that inspired this series was a sort of challenge I had in mind: Would it be possible to walk into the Brew Shop with only a $20 bill and walk out with all the necessary ingredients to brew a five-gallon batch of beer? Why $20? Well, at one point when there … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: All-grain vs. extract brewing

This is the latest in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. One of the comments from the last “Brewing on the cheap” post mentioned all-grain brewing as “far cheaper” since you’re buying grain in bulk, and in fact an examination of all-grain brewing as compared to extract brewing is something I had been planning in this series. How economical is brewing all-grain? Let’s take a look … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: Revising estimates

Returning to the series of articles about the economic impact of homebrewing, we re-examine previous cost estimates based on new information. When I started this series, hops at the local Brew Shop were selling for $5 to $6.50 per two-ounces of whole flowers, and that was what the various estimates were based on. Since then, the price of whole hops has dropped to $3.25 to $3.95 per two-ounce package, so here I present some updated … Continue reading →