Black market craft beer is bad for business
With all the things you can buy on the black market, from stolen Picassos to the occasional vital organ, you probably didn't think something as ubiquitous as beer could be covertly bought and sold.
But the world's most popular alcoholic beverage made its way to the black market and that could really screw up your enjoyment of your favorite craft brew.
CNN Money reports that the influx in demand for specialty beer is causing small batch brewers to sell in secret and online at high mark ups.
"Whether it's a top-rated brew or one with new or seasonal ingredients, everyone wants to get their hands on exclusive batches," beer cicerone Anne Becerra told CNN Money. "The demand is certainly there, and people are stepping in to fulfill that need in unsavory ways."
A specialty bottle of Stone Brewing Company beer that was sold in 2002 for around $8 was seen retailing for a grand online.
Aside from the price gouging, there are legal issues to take into account depending on which state you live in. Not to mention, since retailers are inflating the prices of the products, the actual breweries aren't profiting from the high demand.
Typically, price gouging is most frequent after natural disasters. Areas of Hawaii saw a huge uptick in the cost of necessities after a hurricane swept through the region this summer.
The overpriced sale of bootlegged beer isn't good for the breweries or the consumers -- it just lines the pockets of the seller. So, as much as you might be dying for a bottle of that fall harvest specialty brew, do you fellow beer drinkers a favor and skip the back alley buy.RELATED: Cheers! The cheapest (and most expensive places) to catch a good buzz
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