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Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the beat-the-high-cost-of-living-and-die dept.

Beer 633

derekmead writes "It's frustrating to drop $7 on a pint of beer in New York City, as it turns out, Americans have the cheapest beer on Earth. International bank UBS gathered data about the median wages and average retail prices of a 500mL (pint) beer in 150 countries. Those data were compiled to figure out how many minutes of work it takes the average worker of a country to earn enough money to buy a beer. It's funny that UBS analysts are spending time looking at beer, but considering that beer is beloved and nigh essential everywhere, it offers an interesting comparison between commodities and wages. For example, India tops the least, with the median worker having to work nearly an hour to afford a pint thanks to extremely low wages. In the U.S. however, where wages are relatively high and the cost of the average beer is quite low (thanks to those super-massive macrobreweries out there), it takes the median worker about five minutes of labor to afford a retail (store-, not bar-bought) pint. That's the shortest amount of time in the world, which means that, relatively speaking, beer is cheaper here than anywhere else." OK, UBS: Now please repeat the research with coffee.

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633 comments

Vodka is better (0, Offtopic)

VodkaGuy (2738877) | about 2 years ago | (#41452507)

Vodka is better than beer. It gives a nice warm kick and you don't need to go piss all the time. Many of the Russian vodkas all so have a nice little taste to them.

Besides, why do they compare the price of a pint? Where I live and travel, pint is always more expensive than 0,33l or 0,66l glass beer bottles. I don't know how it's in the US, but maybe it's that and they overlooked the fact?

Re:Vodka is better (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452605)

Vodka is pointless.

Re:Vodka is better (3, Insightful)

sarysa (1089739) | about 2 years ago | (#41452713)

There's one purpose for alcohol, and Vodka tends to accomplish that faster and with less vomiting and hangovers. So I'll raise my glass, which is cheaper here than anywhere else, and toast Vodka's awesomeness.

Re:Vodka is better (0)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#41452935)

There's one purpose for alcohol, and Vodka tends to accomplish that faster and with less vomiting and hangovers. So I'll raise my glass, which is cheaper here than anywhere else, and toast Vodka's awesomeness.

Beer tastes good (well, not Budweiser - but real beers), you have to mix vodka with other things to make it tolerable.

Re:Vodka is better (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452963)

There's one purpose for alcohol, and Vodka tends to accomplish that faster and with less vomiting and hangovers. So I'll raise my glass, which is cheaper here than anywhere else, and toast Vodka's awesomeness.

There's only one kind of person who thinks there is but a single use for alcohol.

An alcoholic.

Have fun with your "less" vomiting and hangovers. I'll stick with no puking and more pleasure, or perhaps choose alternatives that don't cause a blatant poisoning effect on my body.

Field expedient disinfectants ... (3, Funny)

perpenso (1613749) | about 2 years ago | (#41452985)

There's one purpose for alcohol, and Vodka tends to accomplish that faster and with less vomiting and hangovers. So I'll raise my glass, which is cheaper here than anywhere else, and toast Vodka's awesomeness.

There are at least three practical purposes. Add disinfectant to the list, also add fuel / fire starter when the proof gets above (80?). Obviously these are not the intended purposes but Vodka has been used in these ways when the circumstances warranted.

The following explanation has been attempted in many armies over many years:
"Sir, that is not a still. That is an apparatus creating field expedient disinfectant for the doctors/medics/corpsmen, sir."

Its the quality ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453147)

... and Vodka tends to accomplish that faster and with less vomiting and hangovers ...

To be honest the beer in Munich seems to do so as well compared to what I was used to in college in the US.

Re:Vodka is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452743)

As long as the Russian Mafia doesn't poison the supply with Methanol Alcohol laced Vodka...

Re:Vodka is better (3, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41452801)

Vodka is better than beer. It gives a nice warm kick and you don't need to go piss all the time. Many of the Russian vodkas all so have a nice little taste to them.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Vodka is a proof that Satan wants you not to remember being happy under the table. Sincerely Yours, Ben Franklin

Re:Vodka is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452923)

It doesn't seem like they're not comparing the prices of a single pint container. The term "pint" was a journalistic flourish. They compared the cost of purchasing 500ml of beer, because 500ml is the typical amount of a glass at Oktoberfest. So, in the US you'd probably need to purchase ~1 2/5 cans of regular swill to get 500ml, considering that the cheapest and most common beer comes in 355ml cans.

Re:Vodka is better (2)

bfandreas (603438) | about 2 years ago | (#41453005)

You may find that you'll get beer at the Oktoberfest by the liter. And it costs nearly 10 Euros.
Prosit!

Re:Vodka is better (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#41453099)

Same way I serve it at my house.
You should see the looks some guests have when I hand them a liter mass. I know I spelled it wrong, but slashdot surely would not accept the correct letter.

Re:Vodka is better (4, Insightful)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | about 2 years ago | (#41452925)

Not everyone likes distilled liquors such as Vodka. I have no stomach for it and do not enjoy it in the slightest.

Beer on the other hand I enjoy greatly. I stick to mainly micro and craft brews. I don't drink my beer to get drunk, I drink it because I enjoy the many many different flavor profiles possible with different types of beers and ingredients used. You sound like the typical youth of today, the only way to drink is in excess and the only reason to drink is to get drunk. Grow up and mature a bit, the world doesn't need more irresponsible alcoholics.

Re:Vodka is better (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 years ago | (#41452927)

We don't buy beer sold in 11 packs (Metric beers short you 1/12). 12 fluid ounces or fuckoff. Most foreign brewers don't take us for fools. Steinlager is a notable exception, bad beer and 11 packs.

Also note: the US government doesn't do one of the true proper functions of government. We don't have pint cops checking bar glasses for capacity. Hence almost every pint glass served in the USA is a short pint.

Re:Vodka is better (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#41453133)

No, American beers short you.

A proper beer is 500ml or 1L. A 330/335 is for children.

Re:Vodka is better (5, Funny)

Jose (15075) | about 2 years ago | (#41452931)

Vodka is better than beer.

I'm surprised to hear you say that VodkaGuy...I had you pegged as more of a wine-drinking-guy.

Incidentally... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452553)

...it's also worse than anywhere else in the world. No joke, people.

Re:Incidentally... (4, Informative)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#41452959)

...it's also worse than anywhere else in the world. No joke, people.

It's certainly true of the large breweries. The micro brews (which are extremely common now days) are much better; although they're also much more expensive.

Re:Incidentally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452961)

...it's also worse than anywhere else in the world. No joke, people.

i rather drink water than american beer lol

Re:Incidentally... (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41453029)

...it's also worse than anywhere else in the world. No joke, people.

Well, there's BEER, as in Bud, Coors and various other mega brews, who use who knows what (Bud uses rice) in adjuncts, most of the money going into marketing is denied in going into product.

Then there are craft brewers who make Ales, Stouts, Porters, Lagers and so on with the finest barley, hops and water they can muster. You'll see them competing in the categories which really matter at the GABF [greatameri...stival.com] Many of the small brewers can hold more than a candle to their European counterparts, who are under threat these days from cheap lagers from France (some people just want to get under the table and don't care how.) At least in Germany you are still guaranteed fair ales for your money, thanks to the Reinheitsgebot. A real pity the USA didn't take something like that onto the Constitution.

Re:Incidentally... (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#41453075)

Not necessarily.

Sure, if you go with the stuff from Budwiser, Coors...etc.

But most areas here these days, seem to have good local breweries...in my area we have great beers from:

Abita

NOLA (New Orleans Lager and Ale Brewing Company )

Bayou Teche Brewing

Heiner Brau

Parish Brewing Company

Tin Roof Brewing Company

And hell..that's just around New Orleans.....come visit Cooter Brown's [cooterbrowns.com] or one of the Bulldog's [draftfreak.com] here in town, and get a taste of a number of great beers (by the pint or bottle).

And...nicely enough....if you want to have a smoke in a bar down here while having a drink....well, we're still free down here for people to make their own decisions about such things.

:)

There's a reason for that. (0, Flamebait)

Minwee (522556) | about 2 years ago | (#41452555)

The quality of beer in the US is lower than anywhere else in the world.

Re:There's a reason for that. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452673)

1. Make (high quality) beer for $15 per litre.
2. Add 20 litres of water per litre of beer.
3. Sell beer for $1 per litre.
4. Claim beer is cheapest in the world.

Re:There's a reason for that. (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#41452681)

False, but you go on being ignorant.

Re:There's a reason for that. (2)

jythie (914043) | about 2 years ago | (#41452827)

While I agree it is subjective, American beer generally is not well thought of. In WWII all the German beer brewers were run out of business in the US, after which locals had to pick up the slack and essentially start from scratch, so all the skill and knowledge was lost. We have started to catch up again now that we have cycled through a few generations but it was still a pretty serious fall.

Re:There's a reason for that. (2)

dargaud (518470) | about 2 years ago | (#41453033)

In WWII all the German beer brewers were run out of business in the US, after which locals had to pick up the slack and essentially start from scratch, so all the skill and knowledge was lost.

Funny, I never heard this excuse as to why the beer sucked so bad in the US. So after which war did you run the french restaurants out of business to explain why the food is so bad in the US ? Yeah, flamebait, but having live 6 years in the US I still stand by it. But you now have great microbrews nowadays.

And back to the topic at hand, how many hours of stoning does it take to have a pint in Saudi Arabia ?

BTW, the cheapest brew is in my home: I brew my own. It's cheap and fun and good (small print: apart from the occasional screw up or too 'experimental' recipe).

Re:There's a reason for that. (5, Interesting)

geoffrobinson (109879) | about 2 years ago | (#41453115)

No offense, but I love German beer and they have a high quality generally but.... the American beer scene has a lot more variety and a bigger willingness to be innovative. German beer, not so much.

We are in a better position now than anytime since Prohibition and probably before too.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452891)

Oh come on, it's weak garbage with a splattering of so-called micro-breweries trying to hard to make something with flavor. If you've been anywhere else in the world, you'll find beer is always nicer than ours, whether it be lager, bitters, stouts or any other brew on offer.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Ryanrule (1657199) | about 2 years ago | (#41453079)

sorry brah, you are WRONG.

there are bars near me that serve bier from all over the world. ive sampled many a few.

Re:There's a reason for that. (4, Interesting)

retchdog (1319261) | about 2 years ago | (#41452921)

i agree with you, but our placement on this list is definitely due at least partly to our low-quality beers.

the funny thing is i can buy 9% craft beer for less than 2.5x the unit price of a big-brand pisswater (3.5%) beer, and it tastes 10x better as well, but that doesn't show up on this chart. i bet we'd also be close to the top for consumer purchasing power of high-quality beer (however that's defined), but not #1.

Re:There's a reason for that. (2)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 2 years ago | (#41452955)

It is true. While there are some excellent beers in this country, the fact is, the average quality is utterly abysmal due to the likes of Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.

Even though some of these are starting to put out higher-quality beers, the majority of their sales are low-cost low-quality crap.

As a result, the average quality of beers in this country matches the average price at best... more likely the average quality is below the average price.

Just because you CAN get high-quality beer at reasonable prices in this country doesn't mean that the majority of beer sold/consumed in this country is cheap crap.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452697)

This.

It is also why the entire study is stupid.
Beer isn't a standard thing. Not even close.
It doesn't even matter if there is an absolutely tiny difference in purity or water content or whatever else, when you scale that up by millions, it becomes massive.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452811)

You don't know what you're talking about...

Pilsner beer in Germany tastes no better than the Pilsner beer in the US....

In fact, Budweiser outsells all beers in many parts of the world. Nothing feels better than drinking a can/bottle (I prefer bottle) of bud after a long day of work.

Unless you are the kind that likes spices and fruit in their beer then you need to try an apple-tini - they are FABULOUS!

Re:There's a reason for that. (2)

Internetuser1248 (1787630) | about 2 years ago | (#41453113)

Perhaps you mean the the original classic Czech beer called 'Budweiser'. The one that the US brews on license and is famous for being of much lower quality. You should try the original, then you will know what a travesty that rancid 'sex in a canoe' swill that passes for beer in the US is.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453139)

You don't know what you're talking about...

Pilsner beer in Germany tastes no better than the Pilsner beer in the US....

I'm pretty certain there are parts of Germany where stating such a thing would be considered a crime. And for the record, you couldn't be more wrong here.

In fact, Budweiser outsells all beers in many parts of the world. Nothing feels better than drinking a can/bottle (I prefer bottle) of bud after a long day of work.

Cigarettes outsell many other products all over the world too. Much like Budweiser, you may chalk that up to mass ignorance or mass stupidity. You choose, because it sure as hell ain't because it's good beer.

Unless you are the kind that likes spices and fruit in their beer then you need to try an apple-tini - they are FABULOUS!

No, but I do prefer a real beer. You know, the kind that doesn't have to have a shitload of preservatives in it to make sure it's still "fresh" in 6 months. Those who sell and market beer to be as fresh as milk sans preservatives know why that is important. Those who don't...don't.

Re:There's a reason for that. (-1, Flamebait)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 years ago | (#41452833)

You need to get out more.

Both of America's neighbors make consistently worse beer then American can beer (which admittedly sucks). Canadian beer is just American can beer raised to 6% with corn sugar, Mexico's top selling beer is the worst single brew on the planet (Corona).

Don't get me started on Fosters, granted they only drink that piss in one Australian state. The piss they sell as Fosters in the US is made in Canada BTW. Even worse then the real thing.

Other notable disgusting beers: Red Stripe, Sing Ha (the Chinese one, Shanghai water sucks, the Thai malt liquor is pretty good), Watney's Red Barrel, Guinness (awful stout), Heineken, All English brown ales, yeast infected beer (Hefe).

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

statusbar (314703) | about 2 years ago | (#41452979)

Don't even bother trying to drink any beer unless it is brewed to the Bavarian Purity Law [wikipedia.org] standard of 1516. Lots of smaller breweries in the U.S. and Canada have beer that complies.

Re:There's a reason for that. (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#41453081)

You need to get out more.

Both of America's neighbors make consistently worse beer then American can beer (which admittedly sucks). Canadian beer is just American can beer raised to 6% with corn sugar, Mexico's top selling beer is the worst single brew on the planet (Corona).

Don't get me started on Fosters, granted they only drink that piss in one Australian state. The piss they sell as Fosters in the US is made in Canada BTW. Even worse then the real thing.

Other notable disgusting beers: Red Stripe, Sing Ha (the Chinese one, Shanghai water sucks, the Thai malt liquor is pretty good), Watney's Red Barrel, Guinness (awful stout), Heineken, All English brown ales, yeast infected beer (Hefe).

I love Guinness (stout or drought) as well as English brown ales and hefeweizen such as erdinger. In my opinion American beers such as Bud, Miller, Hamms, Michelob are all in the same bucket with the other swill you mentioned (red stripe, fosters, corona, etc). Generally, if I'm at a restaurant and they only have the "normal" US brews, I pass.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452849)

Agreed.
It's mostly dreadful, but some places in the US have made improvements (NW).

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452885)

I'd recon you haven't heard of microbrewery revolution in US. IMHO US ranks 3rd at this point on quality, behind Germany and Belgium.

Re:There's a reason for that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453015)

Microbreweries in the US suck because 99.9% of them use corn-syrup laden flavors b ased off artificial flavors. Samuel Adams is a big shitty beer company because we sell them the shitty flavors.

Re:There's a reason for that. (2)

bfandreas (603438) | about 2 years ago | (#41453065)

If it has a commercial on TV it is a bad beer.
This is a universal truth. Even applies in Germany.

Re:There's a reason for that. (1)

Maltheus (248271) | about 2 years ago | (#41453091)

I'm guessing you live in the north east, or somewhere else with limited selection. America has the best tasting and widest variety of beer in the world. I'd say that no small part of the reason why it's cheaper here. Endless comptetion.

Conversion error (4, Insightful)

raburton (1281780) | about 2 years ago | (#41452569)

a pint != 500mL
a pint == 568mL

Re:Conversion error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452645)

imperial pint

in the US a pint is 473mL

Re:Conversion error (4, Informative)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 2 years ago | (#41453073)

There are three different kinds of pints. A 568mL one, a 473mL one, and a 551mL one. The first is used in the UK, the second two (mostly the 473mL) in the US, and (ironically) is the older usage. The UK changed their definition after the US declared independence, so the US uses the older system. But 500mL is a decent approximation, and works just fine when comparing costs.

Re:Conversion error (0)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#41453123)

a pint != 500mL a pint == 568mL

a pint != 568mL
a pint = 473.176mL

You're welcome.

Yes but... (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | about 2 years ago | (#41452581)

How much time do I have to spend messing around on the Internet at work to be able to buy a decent microbrew at lunch?

How is American Beer like sex in a canoe? (5, Funny)

aristotle-dude (626586) | about 2 years ago | (#41452583)

It's fucking close to water.

Re:How is American Beer like sex in a canoe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452843)

question is how many will know the source of that quote.

Re:How is American Beer like sex in a canoe? (4, Funny)

bfandreas (603438) | about 2 years ago | (#41453143)

The philosophy department of the Australian University of Woolloomooloo. Ask for Bruce or Sheila. They will help ya, mate.

Re:How is American Beer like sex in a canoe? (2)

sawak (582338) | about 2 years ago | (#41452999)

It's fucking close to water.

Exactly, I like American beer :)

Yay! Just in time for Oktoberfest (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 2 years ago | (#41452587)

Yay! Just in time for Oktoberfest. Let's drink up. Although I tend to go for the fancier beers anyway - don't drink C Minus aka coors light.

This study makes a serious mistake (5, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#41452595)

It considers abominations like Bud Light to be beer.

Re:This study makes a serious mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452895)

Abomination or not, Bud Light is the best selling beer in not only the US but in the ENTIRE WORLD.

Re:This study makes a serious mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452965)

Ok that makes a good beer because...?

Re:This study makes a serious mistake (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453101)

TASTES GREAT!

Re:This study makes a serious mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453093)

Yeah but there is great american beer too, for instance the arrogant bastard from stone brewery... but that beer is like 5 times the price of the cheap stuff you can buy here in sweden.. if you can find it at all. But there ARE good american beer too...

Low standards (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452597)

Most of the swill served in the US would not qualify as beer elsewhere in the world.

Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452607)

That hardly comes as a surprise given most "beer" sold in the US actually is cleverly disguised water.

Ask Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452613)

Does that mean "Free as in beer" means less or more in the US than it does elsewhere in the world?

Beer (4, Funny)

Blimbo (528076) | about 2 years ago | (#41452619)

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

Re:Beer (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 2 years ago | (#41453045)

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

We tried banning it, failed, and created modern organized crime and drug cartels. Even Hitler respected beer -- one of the few laws to survive his rule dealt with beer, specifically its importation and rules regarding its quality. You won't find Miller Lite being sold anywhere in Germany today as required by law. Sad how every historical tyrant let the population drink to their hearts content, but our country, thanks to religious intolerance, tried to screw with it and epic failed so hard that the rest of the world felt the impact.

Forget coffee... (1)

BillCable (1464383) | about 2 years ago | (#41452627)

Re: OK, UBS: Now please repeat the research with coffee.

I'd rather see it for bacon.

Define "Beer". (3, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 years ago | (#41452635)

There is a big difference between a "40" of St Ides for 2 bucks, and a 5$ to 7$ pint of "micro-brew".

St. Louis produces millions of gallons of piss water alternatively known as "beer", but this doesn't mean that the rest of the world drinks this stuff and would classify it as "beer".

Re:Define "Beer". (1)

dontbemad (2683011) | about 2 years ago | (#41452793)

I'm right with you on this one. I would always pay at least 4 or 5 dollars at a bar/pub for a pint of beer, rather than the $2 crap most people might go for. However, I have to think that they went by the cheapest beers you could buy in each country, or an average cost of them. After all, the study was to find how long it would take to work to drink beer generically. It mentioned nothing about good beer (or beer actually worth drinking, for that matter).

Re:Define "Beer". (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#41452857)

OU might want to look at the top sold beers in the world before making stupid statements.

1) SNow Beer - China
2) Bud Light - 47.38 million barrels world wide.
3)Budweiser 36.98 million barrels also sold globally.

interesting note, Ireland most popular beer is Coors light.

SO, what I ma saying is: Shut. Up.

Re:Define "Beer". (1)

dargaud (518470) | about 2 years ago | (#41453159)

The higher the mass production, the cheaper the beer (or anything else for that matter). And how is cheapness relevant to quality ? I'd say the GP has a good point: what kind of beer did they compare ? Is it the cheapest piss available or some kind of 'agreed to level of quality', whatever that means ? The poor alcoholics get drunk on washer fluid too, so should we compare that ?!? I'd say YOU shut up.

Re:Define "Beer". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452883)

The 'no True beer' argument.

Please stop using it.

Re:Define "Beer". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453103)

Yeah, no one in the world drinks Bud:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577268623552072702.html

I don't like it either, but quite a few people worldwide do.

Re:Define "Beer". (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | about 2 years ago | (#41453137)

According to the chart, retail for 500ml of beer is $1.80. A typical way to buy beer in the US is a 6 pack, which has 2.13L. By their price, that six pack should average $7.66 (2.13/.5*1.80). Around where I live, you can find a six pack for $4 for low end beer, a craft brew might be $8, high end beer can go up from there.

I'd say their average price seems reasonable. Sure you can find cheap forties or a $15 bomber but on average $7.66 for a six pack seems about right.

Original link? (1)

bradley13 (1118935) | about 2 years ago | (#41452643)

Can anyone find a link to the study, rather than just the chart being tossed around? In particular, I wonder about countries not shown...

You get what you pay for? (1)

jimbrooking (1909170) | about 2 years ago | (#41452663)

'Nuff said.

Nicely misleading headline... (1)

neminem (561346) | about 2 years ago | (#41452671)

If I were to sell a house for 500k in San Francisco, it might be called cheap, where if were to try to sell the same house in BFN, California, it would be laughably overpriced... but they're still both 500k. You can't say one is "cheaper" than the other. This might be an interesting fact about the US that was determined, but the fact is definitely -not-, "beer is cheaper in the US than anywhere else in the world".

Also that first sentence was interesting, as it turns out, it is as a great example of something we call a "runon sentence", a remarkably unreadable one.

Overwhelming amount of people drinking natty light (1)

cod3r_ (2031620) | about 2 years ago | (#41452683)

That's all this proves.

cheap beer is cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452693)

that's the takeaway here.

...and half the comments make the same dumb joke. (5, Insightful)

tgeller (10260) | about 2 years ago | (#41452717)

I'll save you the time: "American beer sucks, har har har".

Really? You *all* think you're clever for saying that?

Anyway -- it's not even true. That is, it's a meaningless statement. America has an enormous range of native beers, of every style, strength, and flavor. It's true that our tastes run toward weaker beers, but it's just stupid to say popular = "American".

Re:...and half the comments make the same dumb jok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453011)

Completely agree. The US has some of the best and worst beer in the world. I think what happens is that most places don't export there worst so imported beer always tastes better. With regards to the absolute worst, I have heard china makes really putrid beer with rice in the recipe, but have never been able to buy it.

Newsflash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452739)

Natty Light is cheaper than Guinness. More at 11.

Cheap beer, Good beer. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452773)

Its true that the most popular American beers are low quality. But damn, if they aren't cheap. Compared to my usual favorites they taste like lightly flavored soda. (Hense the nickname "Barley Pop") Sip a Budweiser after a good IPA and you'll swear you just took a drink of Mt. Dew. (Not even remotely kidding. Try it)

Even then, there are some very reasonably priced good quality (And somewhat mass produced) brews here and I've got a feeling we'd still be near the top of the list. Even if you like "American" beer (Which is called American style pilsner) you can pick up brews made with high quality ingredients that taste much better. (Budweiser tastes like plastic to me)

ok now.. dont go apeshit at me here.. (4, Interesting)

wierd_w (1375923) | about 2 years ago | (#41452789)

But, I strongly suspect that there is a correlation between the availability of inexpensive mood altering substances, like alcohol, and the amount of bullshit that the average working person will be willing to endure.

Look at the prohibition era in the US; crime and criminality were rampant, and so was outright civil disobedience. Activism by juries in courtrooms were at stellar highs.

Now, we have "the cheapest beer in the world" (pun intended), and our citizenry is reluctant to raise a finger against even clearly horrendous civil liberty violations, like the recent "indefinate detainment" legislation.

I would like to see research comparing effective availability of alcohol and other drugs with the rates of political activism.

Mind you, its just a hunch.

Price is cheep, quality is cheep. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452797)

The day the US will give lessons on how to make decent beer is the day they'll be able to make decent coffee.
In other words, not a chance in hell.

Why is this funny? (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41452805)

Beer sales in the U.S. are $100 billion per year. It's the sort of thing financial people take notice of.

I need the money (1)

TimHunter (174406) | about 2 years ago | (#41452893)

It's a good thing beer is cheap. I need the money to pay for my iPhone.

That's only half the truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452903)

Yeah, well, too bad US beer sucks raw eggs through a very thin straw.
They should have compared how long people have to work for a decent beer (in which case I would expect some European country to win, possibly Germany, the UK or Ireland).

Cheapest, yes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452905)

Yes it's the cheapest for "near frozen gnat's piss" values of "beer".
Captcha is "standard", yeah, the "standard" is "not worth drinking".

lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452909)

in bulgaria you can get 3 litres of beer for about 2 USD

This buds for you! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41452933)

But you'll go to prison for an awfully long time if you possess this dried flower, leaves from that plant, this fungus or that cactus.

Of course only one of these will put you in that lovely 'don't give a fuck' state you need to get over the fact that you just finished a 70 hour work week at your two jobs and are still only scrimping by.

US You make me Proud (1)

superflit (1193931) | about 2 years ago | (#41453023)

Living in Colorado where the food stinks BUT....
BUT there are many micro breweries that have good and tasting beers.
So it is even ;)

Yes, but what is the cost of the best beer ever? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#41453063)

The question is not can you get swill cheaper in the States, but what does good real beer cost in each nation.

UK and Ireland? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453071)

Strangely, the data from UK and Ireland seem to be missing. Anyway, normal Czech beer on average costs something like $0.60-$0.70, not $1.25 per 1/2 litre.

price per % of alcohol (3, Interesting)

seyyah (986027) | about 2 years ago | (#41453087)

What were the results when you multiply by the average percentage of alcohol found in native beers?

Flawed information (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453089)

According to the article the prices listed are for a beer bought via retail chanel.

I live in Mexico and I'm pretty sure that beer here is much more cheaper than the price listed in the study.

Not the best beer, of course, but you can get 700ml (more than a pint) of Corona beer for less than a dollar at many retailers.

Misleading headline (0)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#41453097)

American beer is only cheap compared to American wages. And that's only because American wages are high, it has nothing to do with beer.

I'm Belgian, (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453129)

enjoying an Orval (2.5€ btw) while typing this message. Do you guys really pay more than $5 for beer?

Duh! Americans drink lots of cheap corn/rice beer (1)

cshay (79326) | about 2 years ago | (#41453131)

Of course it's cheaper. I drink Pabst from time to time and it is acceptable, especially for the price. But in most other countries people would take exception to tasting corn in their beer.

Beer costed me $10 in a bar in Los Angeles!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41453149)

mfw the bartender tried to play it off by telling me "It costs more because it's a draft."

Half the Price is Taxes (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | about 2 years ago | (#41453163)

About half the cost of beer is taxes. And then a sales tax is applied to that price usually. So we tax tax. So the cost of beer minus taxes is incredibly reasonable.

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