Beer Prices in Australia.
Whilst the production team (me) here at BobinOz do not condone excessive alcohol consumption we do appreciate that some people might enjoy an occasional glass of wine or the odd beer.
The occasions Mrs BobinOz enjoys wine include nightfall and my idea of an odd beer would be 11 cans of XXXX.
But how does the cost of alcohol in Australia compare with that in the UK? Let’s find out. I am going to split alcohol into three categories; beer wine and spirits. I guess I am not the first person in the world to do that. This week, we look at beer prices. So I went off to the bottle-o….
Comparing like for like is impossible with this particular cost comparison as Australia has Australian beers and England has English beers. Of course, you can buy English beers here in Australia, but you will pay a premium for that. You can even buy Australian beers in England but again, the price will be at a premium. So how can I do a comparison?
I have a cunning plan!
Let’s suppose you have nine friends and you want to buy each of them a litre of beer of their choice. Of course, you will also buy yourself a litre of beer. How much would it cost you in each country?
The Australian beers were priced from a bottle shop called Liquorland, which is owned by the Coles supermarket chain. Coles is Australia’s equivalent to Sainsbury’s, (the Woolworths supermarket chain here is equivalent to Tesco) and the English beers were priced from Sainsbury’s. Seem fair?
Notes to the above table:
- If it says “bitter” in the name, it’s not! It’s a lager.
- Beer here is very much territorial by state. For example, XXXX Bitter comes from Queensland whereas Victoria Bitter comes from (surprise surprise) Victoria. I got my prices from a bottle-o in Queensland, but if I went to Victoria, then VB would probably be cheaper and XXXX Bitter more expensive.
- XXXX Gold (3.5%) is a very popular here, but how it can be more expensive than XXXX Bitter at 4.6% is anybody’s guess.
- Hahn Light at 2.6% is closer to a lemonade than a beer, yet still more expensive than Hammer and Tongs at 4%. Who says it pays to stay sober?
- Finally, the international beers, Becks, Stella Artois and Corona are much more expensive than Australian beers.
I should also mention that you can buy beers in singles and six packs as well. But everybody buys beer in cartons, if they have any sense. Why? Here’s an example:
One can of the VB would cost you $2.93 and a six pack of VB would cost you $16.34. That would make the carton price the equivalent of $87.90 or $81.70 instead of the actual carton price of $49.99.
What can we make of your two “rounds”. Firstly, the average alcohol by volume of my selection of Australian beers is 4.22% whereas the English beers average is 4.26%. Not enough to fight over, even though we’ve been drinking.
The Australian round cost $45.12 whereas the English beers cost £19.36. At today’s exchange rate of $1.76 to the pound, the English drinks would have cost just $34.07 here in Australia.
That makes Australian beer a massive 32% more expensive than in the UK.
But if GBP/AUD were to recover and get back to two dollars to the pound, and then Australia’s beer would only be 16% dearer.
If the pound would really recover and get back to the good old days when an Australian dollar was worth just 40p then Australian beer would be 7% cheaper than England’s.
But then if you take into account that the average Australian salary may be at least 31.7% higher than it is in England, then beer is cheaper here all day long!
But for today’s cost of living comparison, this time England wins! And their beers taste better.
I hope that clears everything up for you. I’m really beginning to enjoy this series on the cost of living in Australia and England compared. But right now, I need a drink.
Hold on! I want to go to the pub, not drink cans indoors.
Okay. From the pubs I’ve been to you can get a pint of beer at anything between six dollars and $11 a pint, not a mid or a schooner, a pint. You may recall I went to the Brisbane Casino for a drink the other week and paid just $6.90 for pint of Stella Artois. I thought that was excellent value for here in Australia.
What would a pint of Stella cost in a bar in England these days?
Well I believe the average price of a pint in the UK today is around £2.70 to £3.00. So again, England is cheaper. But there’s not much in it.
Now can I have that beer?