What is draft beer

Why is draft beer so expensive?

As the EAZ Eifel-Zeitung reported a few weeks ago, the Federal Cartel Office in Bonn sentenced several breweries to high fines because they had been negotiating prices with one another for years. This also includes the Bitburger brewery in Bitburg. In the meantime, she has probably transferred a double-digit million amount to the Bonn Cartel Office. But even after this cartel office matter, many of those affected wonder why draft beer is much more expensive than bottled beer. Draft beer from the major beer brands costs the innkeeper between 1.60 and 2.00 euros per liter. In the weekly advertising leaflets of the supermarkets and discounters, on the other hand, a case of Bit and Co. with 20 0.5-liter bottles each for less than 10 euros is offered. If you deduct the 19% VAT, the price per liter is 84 cents. The supermarket or discounter will probably still have a trading margin, so one has to assume that Bitburger and Co. sell bottled beer for probably less than 70 cents per liter. Why then do the hosts have to pay more than double for draft beer? Filling the beer into kegs is likely to be cheaper than filling 20 bottles in a can.

Of course, draft beer tastes better when tapped than bottled beer, but the curiously grotesque question arises as to whether some innkeepers would be better advised to buy crate beer in the supermarket and pour it into kegs. That would only cost half. The argument of the large breweries that the sale of draft beer to the catering industry incurs additional costs is only justified in a few cases and then only in part. There are also innkeepers who only buy the beer and don't want special services such as glasses, beer mats and beer advertisements.