Beer ain't getting cheaper
Well, in light of all the economic mess, I have some more bad news: The price of beer is going up.
I've been hearing doomsday stories for about a year now of how suds are going to cost twice as much in five years.
I don't buy into all that, but I did make a quick call to Brewer's Art (1106 N. Charles St.) co-owner Volker Stewart about it.
When the Mount Vernon brewpub first started selling Resurrection Ale (and you know how I love that stuff) back in 1997, it cost $3 a glass ($1.50 during happy hour*), Stewart said.
These days, it will run you $4.25 a glass ($3 during happy hour). So in 11 years, the price of this beer has gone up by more than 40 percent. Ouch. And it ain't getting any cheaper, either.
"At some point, we may have to pump it up another quarter to offset the impact on our bottom line," Stewart said.
But wait -- there's more ...
I plugged some numbers into this nifty inflation calculator, which told me $3 in 1997 was worth $3.86 in 2007. That means the price of Resurrection has gone up more than inflation.
Stewart said the price of malt has gone up 60 percent, but he can't pass all that onto customers, or they'd beat him to death with his own shoes.
Stewart had a great question, though:
"Where's my $700 billion? ... I would settle for $700,000 ..."
(Photo of inflation zapping beer at Brewer's Art by Monica Lopossay/Sun Photographer. It kind of reminds me of the TV show Highlander, when what's-his-face chopped people's heads off and got shocked by lightening bolts. Quite awesome.)