I love Cinco de Mayo. Here in San Francisco, it is a big deal. There’s an entire Cinco de Mayo festival in our Mexican-influenced Mission District, and bars throughout the city offer deals on Tecate, Corona, and margaritas. I decided to have a low-key party to celebrate this holiday…until I realized what Coronas cost in this city. When I called my usual supermarket (which is a Safeway, nothing fancy), I found out that a twelve-pack would set me back $17.99. And that’s before tax and deposit. My outrage got me thinking: Has the price of beer gone up, or is my city even more expensive than I thought? To figure it out, I asked friends in seven other cities what their typical supermarket was, and then called each one to compare prices. Here’s the ranking for value.
7. New York City, NY: $16.99 ($14.99 on sale this week)
6. Denver, CO: $15.99 (the $11.99 sale price for the week would shoot it way up. However, note that beer from Colorado supermarkets is only 3.2% alcohol, so I decided to penalize for that.)
5. Philadelphia, PA: $15.50
Note: Pennsylvania supermarkets cannot sell alcohol. Instead, I had to check with a beer distributor, who charges $31.00 for a case of 24.
4. Atlanta, GA: $13.99
3. Los Angeles, CA: $12.99 (almost tied for second!)
2. Seattle, WA: $12.97
1. Alexandria, VA: $11.97
Conclusion: Next year, I will be in Virginia to celebrate the Fifth of May! How do these prices seem to you? Tell us here or on Facebook!