The rising price of your favorite beer

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - If you've picked up some beer recently, you have probably noticed the cost has risen. Some brands costs people an extra buck or two.

"I'm not happy about it," said Dallas Chamblee. "I just found this out. I drink plenty of beer so it's going to put a hurting on my wallet."

Emily Hartsell also couldn't believe the news, "It's a little upsetting to me because being a student I have so many costs already that there's not much left to have fun with," she said.

For David Gorji at Highlands Package Store, the increase came by surprise. "It used to be once a year the prices went up, but then somehow they managed to get it twice a year now increasing the prices. I believe it has to do with gas," said Gorji.

Chamblee and Hartsell are both sick of hearing about rising fuel costs. "I'm already spending more money at the pump, then hearing that's why everything I want to buy is going up that's frustrating," said Hartsell.

"The gas hasn't really changed in the past year and a half.  I don't know why it going up now," said Chamblee. That leads some to believe maybe the price of gas isn't the only problem.

Gorji says in the past few years they've seen a huge increase in people buying craft beers because, "The alcohol is a little higher. They don't have to drink as much the domestic. One or two does the job," he added.

Gorji says that could leave the domestic beer companies looking for other ways to make a profit. Whatever's driving prices up, Dallas Chamblee knows one thing won't change.  "If you want to drink alcohol you have to pay the price," said Chamblee.

Another factor increasing prices is the higher cost of food.

According to the Brewers Association, the ingredients cost more, and it costs more to collect and transport those ingredients.

Those costs are even higher for smaller breweries making those popular craft beers.

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