Alcohol costs by State?

Discussion in 'The Speakeasy' started by murchmb, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Does anyone know of a list/website that indexes the relative cost of alcohol by state? It's something that might be handy to have when traveling. Here in Alabama, we get what the ABC board decides we can have and we pay a pretty hefty premium over a lot of other states due to the tax. I try and stop at stores while traveling to see if it's significantly cheaper. I'm talking spirits here and not beer or wine.

    On a side note, when I went to college in Missouri a roommate of mine had a girlfriend whose parents lived in Indiana. They used to bring back cases of Anheuser-Busch products in heavy tall boy bottles for real cheap. We were able to decrease our cost by another third when we turned the bottles back in. The good old days.
     
  2. castlecraver

    castlecraver Moderator Emeritus

  3. New Sin tax went into effect here (IL) today, so I am not sure how much worse if just got as of yet, But many people stocked up.
     
  4. Generally speaking, I think that states that allow independent liquor stores have a better variety and more competitive pricing. Virginia ABC stores are meh and all have the same stuff. South Carolina and Maryland have much larger selections and, in the case of South Carolina, prices tend to be significantly less than Virginia.
     
  5. letterk

    letterk Moderator Emeritus

    Big selection and generally low prices in CA.
     
  6. I'm pretty sure you guys all have it made compared to here in Quebec
    For reference
    750ml (~26oz) of Smirnoff (Red bottle 80 proof) is $21.95
     
  7. Cross Washington state off your list for cheap booze. It's certainly no bargain compared to Oregon and California.
     
  8. Murch, we go to Baton Rouge quite a bit and definitely get it cheaper from there. Used to be almost half price in some cases, but over the past few years, they've raised their prices in Louisiana, it seems. We have private liquor stores in the Mobile area, but in Alabama, every store reselling hard liquor must buy it from the Alabama ABC board, so typically, you get alcohol cheaper buying it from the ABC stores.
    Here's Alabama's price list-
    http://www.abcboard.state.al.us/files/store_info/ABCBoardPrices.pdf
     
  9. Alacrity59

    Alacrity59 Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    What's up with "Dry Counties"? I was flabbergasted when I could not buy a 6 pack in Warrendale in Pennsylvania . . . didn't see a liquor store anywhere either. I would have thought the right to get loaded would have been in the constitution somewhere.
     
  10. In Alabama, at least, you can still get loaded in a dry county, you just can't purchase alcohol in that county. I think we only have three dry counties now, if I remember correctly, and, oddly enough, one of those dry counties has a "wet" city as its county seat.
     
  11. Yep. I'm familiar with the ABC board situation. It's not fair, is it? I will say they put out a nice printed quarterly price list that's almost a magazine. Same thing as the PDF you linked.
     
  12. It might be cool to start a state by state alcohol index thread. Pick a benchmark bottle from each catagory (beer, red wine, Scotch, Rum, Vodka, Bourbon, etc.) and keeps tabs on the price vs. state.
     
  13. It can be broken down even further. MD allows each county to decide how they run things. In our county, liquor is only sold in county-run liquor stores. In other counties, there are just regular ol' liquor stores.

    Furthermore, for me, the county IS the distributor for all beer and wine stores as well. While the county liquor stores have ok prices, they usually have half the store on sale with what is not mind blowing, but good, prices. Unfortunately I end up paying several dollars more for a 6 pack of craft beer in my county than I do when I go into VA or DC.
     
  14. I'll make you a deal: I'll trade you sanely-priced packs of Dogfish head beer and you'll supply me with tasty, tasty rum and gin.
     
  15. It is a pretty nice little magazine. I wish they had a little better variety and were a little cheaper as well, but I guess we have what we have.
     
  16. Got you beat $23.95 in Ontario ( LCBO.com )
     

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