I don’t know who these alleged experts are, but I hope they are right.
Boutique beers are the new cocktail as more money-conscious Americans choose cheaper high quality draft beers made by small local breweries over wine and spirits amid the country’s recession, experts say.
Craft beer die-hards have been cashing in on the reasonably priced complexity found in even expensive craft beers for years. Now it appears that a stumbling economy has others jumping on board. Despite the penny-pinching, people still want to treat themselves. And they are turning to beer.
“You can buy an exceptional beer for half the price of a mediocre glass of wine,” said New York beer maker Kelly Taylor at a recent tasting event where he offered his Kelso beer alongside sage-flavored corn bread.
Of course, all is not roses and daisies. Let’s not forget, this is still a tough economy. Tom Long, president of MillerCoors, expects growth of craft beer to slow. Still, it should slow less rapidly than sales for wine and spirits. I suggest we discuss this news more in-depth over an $8 bottle of Samichlaus.