The Canberra Times online is running an odd story about the cost of a stubby of beer at the Belgian Cafe in Kingston.
Before digging deepier I imagined that this would have been a little puff piece on some new and exotic beverage from some distant land or a super-premium offering form one of our local brewers, but that was not to be.
Apparently the Belgian Cafe is simply charging a hefty margin on a product – Chimay Blanche, made by Trappist monks in Belgium – that may otherwise only cost punters between $6-9 in bottle-shops (or $11 over the bar in a Sydney venue – if you’re prepared to discount the cost of travel I suppose).
Whilst the margin seems steep I can’t help wondering where this is going. Is it the begining of a campaign to protect unwitting Canberrans against over-priced goods?
Will the CT now start a crusade against restaurants and cafes that slap a healthy mark-up on wine? And what about plates of pasta? Surely $18 for a serve of spaghetti is simply blatant gouging when compared to the cost of nipping into the IGA and getting the ingredients to take home and whip up the meal yourself?