Warm summer nights have arrived and 4th of July is right around the corner, so it’s reasonable to guess you’re going to have a few beers. You might even stock up and save a little cash by buying a case and drinking at home. But the cost of that beer is largely dictated by what state you live in and prices can vary significantly — by as much as $16 per case! So which state sells the cheapest beer?
If you’re near Illinois, you’re going to want to throw a few cases in the truck. The midwestern state sells a 24 pack for just $15.20 — the cheapest in the country.
Other states in the top five include South Carolina ($15.32), New York ($15.98), Rhode Island ($15.98), and Kansas and Michigan (tied for 5th at $16.07).
And the most expensive? Alaska, where the average case sells for a whopping $31.21. Wyoming ($26.68), Hawaii ($22.39), Montana ($22.28), and Tennessee ($22.25) round out the most expensive top 5.
Simple Thrifty Living compiled the data by looking at the price of a case of Bud Light and Miller Lite prices in 10 different rural and urban zip codes. The prices of the beers were averaged and rounded to the nearest cent. While the means of collecting data was limited and certainly doesn’t give a clear picture of the beer market in each state, it does give some insight as to what is considered “common.”
The site reported that taxes weren’t taken into consideration. So, take a look. How does your state compare? Are you happy to shop at home or will you be crossed the nearest border before summer holiday season hits?