What is a reasonable price for a beer dinner? I use to go to beer dinners on a fairly regular basis a few years back and remember them being around $50 or $60 for a dinner. I'm not sure what the average prices are now but I have been seeing some for $75 or $100 which seems a little steep to me. What do you think?
I think it really depends on what is getting served. If I'm expecting to sip on bottles of something I can grab anywhere, the food, pairing, and discussion should be worth the majority of what I'm paying for. A great guest speaker talking about something interesting could grab $75 if I think I'm going to get something out of it.
$100 is reasonable if I'll be tasting beers I can not get any other way, or would pay a good amount for to try normally. I guess I'm trying to say "where is the value?" Also, I hate to say it (but I stare at this every day): a dollar just isn't what it was even a few years ago. Especially when it comes to beer.
Some of the best events (woo CT Beer Trail!) have come in much cheaper, too. ;-)
In order to determin if a too price is high or not, you need to really look at what is being offered for the price. For example, is it all you can drink or is there a limit or a certain number of tickets for drinks. Also, the quality of the food is important. For example, is it a buffet which would be all you can eat, or is it a sit down meal where you get a set meal or courses. Is it pub food, or an upscale gormet menu such as Mikro in Hamden would offer. Sometimes there is a guest celebrity or beer expert appearing, which can raise the price. I think you can see what I mean. So, weigh all these things out and then determine if you think it is worth it or not.
I am going to try to cover all CT beer dinners on my blog http://tapintoct.blogspot.com/ . I have seen the prices usually between $60 and $75. I recently came across one for $100 but that was the only one I have seen at that price. Seem to be a variety of factors including: Number of courses, scarcity of the Beer offered, quality of the menu as well as location (It seems as though all of the dinners at Gingerman Greenwich start @ $75 and go up from there.
There was recently a Beer Dinner at Darien Social (Very nice new place) with Beaver Beer and the price was only $34 + tax and gratuity but also it was only a 3 course dinner
I am doing one on May 7th at Barcelona in Fairifield for $42.
What brewery? If it is a CT based brewery I will feature it in my Connecticut Craft Beer Blog: TapintoCT.blogspot.com