A sad cost of living increase: Beer prices to rise
Drowning one’s sorrows with a cold one is about to get pricier.
Anheuser-Busch plans to charge more for its beers by the fall, according to a company spokesman. The maker of dozens of beers, including Budweiser, Michelob and Rolling Rock, will raise prices across the U.S. for the majority of its brands. The spokesman did not say by how much.
MillerCoors also plans to increase prices later this year, according to one published report.
Locally, Brooklyn Breweries will probably look at increasing prices next year, said its spokesman Ben Hudson. Hudson added that company didn’t raise prices this year.
In July, the price of alcoholic beverages in the New York metropolitan area increased by nearly 3 percent from July 2008, according to the Consumer Price Index. Nationally, beer increased by the most, followed by wine.
A six-pack of Budweiser currently costs $6.99 on one Lower East Side supermarket. Anheuser-Busch sales have fallen slightly this year, though the company reported a 13 percent increase profits in the second-quarter through cost cutting.