Beer Up – But Still Going Down

beer glasses 1951

AND WHAT DID they talk about in between drinks? Was it the increase in the price of beer which became operative today? In this picture, taken in an Adelaide city hotel, the prices are for the front bar. Saloon bar prices are one penny for a butcher, and two pence for a schooner.

BEER PRICE COULD RISE FURTHER  Beer price rises which operate today cover only increased excise.

If an application by the breweries for a price increase (now before the Prices Commissioner) is approved, beer prices will rise still further. New prices in force today include :- Pint (16 oz.), 1 shilling and 3 pence (rise 3 pence); schooner, front bar 10½ pence (2 pence), saloon 11 pence (2 pence); butcher, front bar, 6½ pence (1½ pence), saloon, 7½ pence (1 penny); bottle, Cooper ale, 2 shillings and 5 pence (6 pence); beer lager, or ale other than Cooper, 2 shillings and 4 pence (6 pence). 

The drinker now pays more than half the price of his beer in excise. Excise on a bottle of beer is now about 1 shilling and 2½ pence, an increase of nearly 6 pence. Excise on a reputed pint is now 9 pence.

Melbourne, Friday: Increased prices for beer, effective immediately, were announced today by the Prices Commissioner (Mr. Waldron). The new prices within the metropolitan area are: 4-oz. glasses 5 pence; 7-oz.. 9 pence; 11-oz. 1 shilling. Bottled beer will cost 2 shillings and 4 pence a bottle.

– Adelaide News Friday 28 September 1951


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