In the colony of Maryland, the prices of drinks at public inns were fixed by law. This past weekend, at St. Mary's City, I was able to get some of the prices that were charged. In 1669, the prices were listed in pounds of tobacco, and in 1671 and 1685 in shillings and pence. I figured this might be of interest to people doing setting in the Pike and Shot era of GoW.

The 1669 list:

Rum – 40 pounds tobacco per gallon

French brandy – 100 pounds tobacco per gallon

English spirits – 25 pounds tobacco per gallon

Bottle Dutch drams – 40 pounds tobacco per gallon

Perry, quince, or cider – 20 pounds tobacco per gallon

Muscovadore sugar – 8 pounds tobacco per gallon (this should probably be per pound)

Refined white sugar – 16 pounds tobacco per pound

(illegible entry)

Vinegar – 20 pounds tobacco per gallon

French wine – 40 pounds tobacco per gallon

Cannoies and (illegible) – 100 pounds tobacco per gallon (I believe these are regional wines- Cannois is wine from Cannes)

Madrera, Port, and other Portuguese wines – 60 pounds tobacco per gallon

Clarette – 40 pounds tobacco per gallon (modern claret)

Beer – 20 pounds tobacco per gallon (either foreign or domestic on this list)

Lodging – 4 pounds tobacco per night

“Dyett” – 10 pounds tobacco per meal

The 1671 list:

Brandy – ten shillings per gallon

Dutch drams – six shillings per gallon

English drams – ten shillings per gallon

Rum – six shillings per gallon

“Malago” (probably what would be Malaga sack today) – ten shillings per gallon

“all manner of Punch Wynes” - six shillings per gallon

Rhemish wine – six shillings per gallon

Any beer or ale made from local ingredients and brewed in Maryland – two shillings per gallon

Any beer or ale not completely locally made – one shilling and six pence per gallon

Cider – one shilling six pence per gallon

Minn (or mim or munn, it's not clear) – three shillings per gallon

Food – one shilling per meal

Lodging with bed – six pence per night

Muscovadore sugar – eight pence per pound

The 1685 list:

Madera wine – 80 pence per gallon

Pesacoda wine – 100 pence per gallon

Rum – 120 pence per gallon

Brandy – 120 pence per gallon

Canary wine – 200 pence per gallon

Mallagoe wine – 120 pence per gallon

Sherry, white wine, or claret – 80 pence per gallon

Spirits – 100 pence per gallon

Cider, perry, or quince – 20 pence per gallon

Sugar – 20 pence per pound

Bowl of punch with a quart of rum – 30 pence

Bowl of punch with quart of brandy – 40 pence

Beer – 20 pence per gallon