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Why Is Craft Beer So Expensive?

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Why Is Craft Beer So Expensive?

Craft beer can cost a pretty penny but have you ever wondered why? Could it be the ingredients? The artistry behind each brew? Well, this infographic from the Huffington Post sheds some light on the matter.

This visual guide breaks down everything involved in producing, transporting and marketing craft beer. You'll notice that actual beer ingredients (malt, hops and yeast) make up 10% of the total cost. In contrast,  the retailer's margin and distributor's margin rack up a whopping 52% of the total price.

Then there's a slew of taxes to consider, any potential losses to the company, packaging, shipping and labor. Take a look below to see all the factors that make  craft beer so expensive:

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