Originally Posted by ChicagoRy
I would guess because they are selling less product.
40s are more expensive per ounce than 24s, though I think the difference is more drastic for bombers vs 6 packs compared to say 6 packs vs 24 packs.
I should probably just delete this and let RDH reply though, so I'll stop here.
First, my brewery doesn't sell bombers so I'm not real sure. But I think a lot just depends on what kind of setup the particular brewery has. If they're hand-filling the bombers while normal 12oz bottles get filled by a 70 case/hour bottling line, the labor costs for the bombers skyrockets. While my brewery's bottler is height adjustable to a certain extent - think long necks v. stubbies - there's no way we could fit bombers into it, so we'd have to either hand fill or get a machine to do bombers. And since bombers typically move in lower volumes than cases - 6 bombers/case of bombers, 4 sixers/case of 12oz, and do you know anyone who will buy two bombers instead of one sixer if the price per ounce is the same? - you're looking at a longer timeline to recoup your capital investment in the bomber line. Since we don't do bombers I have no idea what the difference in glass costs are, though I don't think it would be significant.