You know what I don’t hear anyone ask anymore: “Want to grab a beer after work?”
Maybe I’m not as fun to hang out with as I think. Thankfully, the Beer Institute quelled my fears with some research.
According to the Beer Institute, beer drinkers last year in the United States drank 203.4 million barrels, about 5 percent less than in 2008. Chris Thorne, VP of Communications at the Beer Institute says:
Contrary to the myth that people go out and drown their sorrows, the truth is that beer drinkers are pretty responsible people and when they have to cut back, they’re cutting back on their pleasures
More concern about healthy living, stiffer drunk-driving laws and measures that ban smoking in places such as taverns have hit beer sales during the last couple of decades in Milwaukee and throughout the country.
While this isn’t the greatest news for tavern owners, the flip side is that this decrease seems to inversely reflect the 14% sales increase of high end craft beer sales. Guess more people are just taking a 6er home rather than stepping into their local haunt.
I have to admit, I’m not as keen on the bar scene as I used to be. I still like going out to a good brewpub or beer bar and trying something new. Buying a new beer from the store can be a crap shoot – and if you don’t like it, you’re stuck with 5 more usually. Just getting a pint is a nice way expand your horizons as well as relax a little after a long day on the job. So do your friends a favor and ask them out for a round sometime soon and support your local beer slingers!