Beer vs Liquor: An Alcohol Price Per Ounce Comparison
Deciding between beer or liquor when consuming adult beverages is something you may contemplate when socializing with friends. The answer may depend on the temperature outside, the setting, and even your mood. But has price ever entered your mind when deciding between beer and liquor? Is one cheaper per ounce of alcohol? I wanted to find out, so I did a beer vs liquor comparison.
Beer and liquor are sold at varying price points and alcohol contents, but for a simple comparison let’s compare some popular products.
First, let’s look at the price of these popular products:
- 24 Pack Coors Light at Costco: $15.75
- Surly’s Todd the Axe Man (4 pack of 16oz Cans): $13.99
- Malibu Coconut Rum (1 Liter): $16.99
- Ketel One Vodka (1 Liter): $27.99
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (1 Liter): $20.99
- Bulliet Bourbon (750ml): $28
Price Per Ounce of Alcohol
- Light Beer: A case of Coors Light contains 288 ounces of beer at 4.2% alcohol. This gives us roughly 12.1 ounces of alcohol for $15.75. That works out to be $1.30 per ounce of alcohol.
- Craft IPA: Surly’s Todd the Axe Man IPA is commonly sold in 4 packs of 16oz cans. With an alcohol content of 7.2% you get 4.6oz of alcohol for $13.99, or $3.04 per ounce.
- Malibu Rum : 1 Liter is roughly 33.8 fluid ounces. Malibu rum is 21% alcohol, giving us 7.1 ounces of alcohol for $16.99 or $2.39 per ounce of Alcohol.
- Vodka: Ketel One vodka is 40% alcohol, thus 1 Liter of product contains 13.5 ounces of alcohol for $27.99 or $2.07 per ounce.
- Rum: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is 35% alcohol, providing 11.8 ounces of alcohol for $20.99 or $1.78 per ounce.
- Bulliet Bourbon: A 750ml bottle of bourbon is about 25.36oz. With an alcohol content of 40% and a cost of $28 you get 10.1oz of alcohol for $2.77 per ounce
Because liquor has a much higher alcohol content than beer, people consume a less amount. This may also lead people to believe that per ounce, liquor is a cheaper way to purchase alcohol. There certainly is a wide range of prices and alcohol content for both beer and liquor. But in a beer vs liquor analysis of a sample of popular products reveals it depends upon what you’re drinking. If your beer of choice is less expensive American Lager, beer is actually cheaper. But if your preferences lean more towards craft beers, hard liquor is cheaper. You really have to do the analysis on your preferred brands, but hard alcohol is not the slam dunk money saver you may have thought it would be.
What do you think, Clever Friends, did this result surprise you? It certainly surprised me!
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