Noted, in a Slate article about declining domestic beer sales: “Why are brewers crying in their beers? In part, they’re facing the same difficulties as other manufacturers. Costs for raw materials and energy are rising, and they’re having difficulty passing costs along to consumers.”

The writer goes on to say, at great and happy length, that the real reason Bud and its ilk are a bust is because Americans have turned into a bunch of namby-pamby Cosmo drinkers. But his quick economic aside is a nod to the fact that the energy crisis creeps into all kinds of corners. How long do you s’pose the brewers will “have difficulty” passing those costs along?

And you thought the only environmental beer fear was genetically modified crops.

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