Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2011

Beer lovers hosed again

If you're a fan of bland beer with little taste but a lot of marketing oomph, you should be happy that HB602 failed to be offered up for a vote in the Texas Senate.

But, if you're a fan of unique, handcrafted beers and ales made here in the Lone Star State, consider yourself screwed (again).

HB602 would have allowed craft breweries to offer beer for sale to folks who tour the brewery. Sounds pretty harmless, does it not.

Apparently not to the big bad boys at Anheuser-BuschInBev who lodged a last minute objection to the bill. The big boys weren't happy that they would not be allowed to sell beer at their brewery factory. Of course they don't offer tours to show folks how they butcher the world's most beautiful beverage.

As you can see from the witness list, the only witness opposing the bill was Anheuser-Busch.

The purpose of the bill was to help promote craft breweries in the state. You know, more people buying beer that's made in Texas, boosting the local economy, all that good stuff. Of course, if more people drank craft beers then fewer people would drink that watered-down, tasteless, wretched brew made by the boys from St. Louis.

And what would be wrong with that?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Math, Texans-style

Over the offseason the braintrust behind the Houston Texans decided that it would be a good idea in these hard economic times to reduce the size of the beer cups at Reliant Stadium from 24 ounces to 20 ounces while leaving the price of foamy adult beverages at $7.75.

Fans of the Texans were outraged at this egregious attempt to gouge them - nevermind they were being robbed in the first place. Hey! Where's the district attorney when you need them? Forget about this DIVERT stuff -- what about Beergate?

As a result of the fans' adverse reaction to this little ploy, the Texans' braintrust (I'm sorry, but I'm a big fan of oxymorons) decided they would reduce the price of beer at the stadium to $7. Unfortunately, their planned pacification of the masses will only work on those who are just a bit challenged in the field of mathematics.

While it might be seen as a good gesture, the reality of the situation is that the size of beer cups has been reduced by 16% but the price of beer has only been reduced by a tick under 10%. So you see, friends and Cowboys fans, that the beer-drinking public is still getting it handed to them - only not as blatantly.

Is this the way to treat your (blindly loyal) fans? I mean, let's face it, it's damn near impossible to watch the (painfully boring) Texans without copious amounts of alcohol.