A new report from personal finance website Simple Thrifty Living reveals where cases of beer are the most expensive — and where they’re cheapest.
The consumer-facing website collected data from national or regional retailers from up to 10 zip codes per state to find the average price for a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite.
Zip codes included urban and rural areas, and the final price averages the cost of a case of Bud Light and Miller Lite combined, rounded to the nearest cent. The prices do not include state taxes or other fees, such recycling fees, but provide a benchmark of domestic beer prices in each state.
The cheapest state for a case of beer is Illinois, where the average price is $15.20. The second cheapest is South Carolina ($15.32), followed by New York ($15.48), Rhode Island ($15.98), and Kansas and Michigan tying for number five at $16.07 per case.
The most expensive case of beer, more than doubling that of the cheapest cases, is Alaska. In that state, a case of domestic beer averages $31.21. Next in line for most expensive case are Wyoming ($26.68), Hawaii ($22.39), Montana ($22.28), and Tennessee ($22.25).
According to the report, Michigan’s prices saw the steepest increase at $1.50 a case since 2017. Pennsylvania, the most expensive state in 2017, dropped $0.40 to number seven ($21.50) in the most recent report.
To sum it all up:
Most Expensive States for a Case of Domestic Beer
- Alaska ($31.21)
- Wyoming ($26.68)
- Hawaii ($22.39)
- Montana ($22.28)
- Tennessee ($22.25)
Least Expensive States for a Case of Domestic Beer
- Illinois ($15.20)
- South Carolina ($15.32)
- New York ($15.48)
- Rhode Island ($15.98)
- Kansas and Michigan ($16.07)
Simple Thrifty Living concludes the report with suggestions on how to maximize your beer budget, such as looking for sales, tracking your spending, or using a credit card with cash-back benefits. Of course, this won’t help all of us. The next pilsner purchase we’ll be making will likely be a 4-pack for $14.
Beer’s value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beer holder.