Just how expensive is beer in Southwestern Connecticut?

It’s no secret that Southwestern Connecticut is one of the most expensive places in the nation to call home. According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, assembled by the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Stamford area was the No. 7 most expensive part of the country to call home in 2012 .

But just how deep does the divide between Fairfield County and other parts of the nation go?

Pretty deep, according to a new report published by NerdWallet.com, which shows that Stamford’s high cost of living affects much more than rental and mortgage prices. It also affects your beer budget.

The website recently published a list of the best and worst cities to buy beer, measuring affordability by the price of a six pack of Heineken.While the website only listed the 10 most and least affordable cities, we combed through another 280 cities to see just how Stamford fared. No surprises here, Southwestern Connecticut is in the top 10 percent, making us one of the most expensive markets to grab a sixer.

At $9.19 per six-pack, the Stamford area is just a penny more expensive than our neighbors in New Haven, but a whopping three dollars cheaper than those other neighbors in Manhattan (so buy your beer before you get on the train…)

The cheapest price in America, according to NerdWallet, can be found in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where a six pack of Heineken goes for $7.25 — about 32 cents less per beer than in Stamford.

Of course, there’s much more to enjoying beer than picking up a run-of-the-mill sixer like Heineken, and here in Southwestern Connecticut, residents are lucky enough to live in an area where we’re having a bit of a beer renaissance, with microbreweries popping up all along the Gold Coast. Hearst Connecticut Reporter Scott Gargan recently published a must-read story about the region’s beer revolution. Check it out here.

Maggie Gordon