- For beer, I decided to go with a 6-pack price of $10. That's probably a hair above craft beer average, but it's a nice neat number to work with. For alcohol content, most craft beer ranges from 5-10%, so let's split the difference and go with 7.5%.
- Wine price is a little trickier, as the range is much larger. I'm going to abitrarily go with a $15 bottle. Fine wine is generally about 12-14%, so let's split the difference again and go with 13%.
- 6 * 12 oz. bottles = 72 oz.
- 72 oz. * 7.5% = 5.4 oz. alc.
- $10 / 5.4 oz alc. = $1.85/oz. alc.
- 750ml bottle = 25.36 oz.
- 25.36 oz. * 13% = 3.3 oz. alc.
- $15 / 3.3 oz. alc. = $4.55/oz. alc.
Interesting: the alcohol in fine wine costs almost 2.5 times the alcohol in craft beer.
For even more fun, I researched the most expensive bottles of beer and wine ever sold to see how they compare. This article says the most expensive beer ever sold is called Tutankhamun Ale -- an ale brewed based on archeological evidence at an excavation site -- the first bottle of which sold for $7,686. Unfortunately, I can't find information about the alcohol content of the beer or size of the bottle, which makes calculations difficult. Since this is all for fun, let's assume 12oz at a generous 10% abv.
The most expensive wine ever sold was a Chateau Lafite 1787 Bordeaux that went for $160,000 at auction. Again, who knows the exact volume or alcohol content, but let's assume 750ml (25.36 oz.) at a generous 15% abv.
Tutankhamun Ale Calculations:
- 12 oz. * 10% = 1.2 oz. alc.
- $7,686 / 1.2 oz. alc. = $6,405/oz. alc.
Chateau Lafite 1787 Bordeaux Calculations:
- 25.36 oz. * 15% = 3.8 oz. alc.
- $160,000 / 3.8 oz. alc. = $42,105/oz. alc.