Socialism = Bad Beer
Can Bonanza
A family found a "treasure" worth thousands
of dollars hidden inside their home during a
renovation in one of the most unlikely places.

When the family discovered that one of the
columns on his front porch was full of empty
beer cans and whiskey bottles, it was actually
great news. The items dated back to the 1940s,
and being in good condition, they're potentially
worth thousands of dollars on the
collector’s market.

The collectibles were discovered in the column
of a front porch in Kansas City. The house was
reportedly built in the 1920s, and the empty
drink containers date back to the 1940s.

According to one of the workers, over two
hundred cans came out of the column when
they opened it up.
While it may not seem like much, collectors
are reportedly willing to pay comparatively
high prices for these items. A quick Google
research showed some of these Falstaff cans
can go for 75 to 100 dollars. There were at
least 40 to 50 of those can according to several
people present for the find.
With the hot-button word “socialism” sparking intense
political debate as Americans brace for the 2020
presidential election, two U.S. economists have
completed a global drinking tour – and a book already at
the top of Amazon's "beer" category – warning that the
socialist lure could lead to a drastic dry-up of the
country’s adult beverages.

“Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way
Through the Unfree World,” by Robert Lawson and
Benjamin Powell, is billed as a “worldwide tour guide
written in plain English” which takes readers on a not-
so-luxurious expedition into three countries that have
embraced socialism – North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba
– using beer as an indicator of economic concern.

In Cuba, there were only two types of beer, almost the
same in alcohol content and both tasted like skunky
Budweiser. In North Korea, it was" just god awful,”
Lawson,  sin Venezuela, the country has basically run out
of beer because the government planners couldn’t import
enough barley.”In Lawson’s summation, why would
employees of a government-controlled plant bother to
go out of their way to seek out the resources, extra cost
and energy to produce 30 different types of beer or
wine when it is easy to make two, and there is no
incentive otherwise to excel?
PBR Whiskey - PBR has released Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey, the brand's
very first spirit. It's 80-proof and "aged 5 seconds" according to press release.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey is being produced just across Lake Michigan opposite
from where PBR founder Jacob Best and his family first set up shop.

Armpit Beer- Magnolia Brewing's Summer of Love IPA, is described by the
brewery as having “flavors that fondly remind us of a hippy’s armpit. Need convincing?
Think dank, musty weed surrounded by essential oils of pithy grapefruit, burning pine
and sage.” Er, who wouldn’t want to give that a try?

Skateboard Beer- Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk partnered with
Oceanside’s Black Plague Brewing Co. to create Tony Hawps Birdhouse IPA.
(Birdhouse is Hawk’s skateboarding company.) Brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo,
Citra and Centennial hops, the beer is loaded with citrus aromas and flavors.

First Ever - In a state awash in beer, Oregon's Leikam Brewing is differentiating
itself from the competition with a special claim: Its beer is 100% certified kosher.  It
is the first and only be to be officially certified as such in the state.

Bud Stock Soars - Shares of AB InBev soared nearly 6% after the company
reported solid sales and earnings. The company said the demand was strong in
Mexico, Brazil, Europe, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and Colombia. The more
than 2% jump in volume was AB InBev’s largest 5 years.
How To Open A Beer Can

Beer and soda cans have gone through three major stages in the U.S. The first
earliest beer cans, which debuted in 1935, sported a flat top that required a tool
called a church key to open. This design had an obvious drawback: You needed to
have the key—or some creativity—to open your can.

Some breweries experimented with cone-top cans that could be opened with a
standard bottle opener rather than a church key, but again, you had to have a
tool on hand to get inside your can. The cone-top cans began to fall out of favor
in the 1950s and were largely out of use by 1960. At this time, beer was still
overwhelmingly consumed on draft or in bottles; only a quarter of beer in the U.S.
was consumed in cans in 1953, according to Beer Can Collecting: America’s
Fastest Growing Hobby.

By 1963, a Dayton, Ohio man named Ernie Fraze thought he had a better idea. He
invented and patented the pull-tab beer can, the type you found. The can had a
built-in tab that eliminated the need for a tool, a big improvement in terms of
convenience. But the tabs and rings had their drawbacks, too. You could cut your
finger badly on them. The tab, which was then replaced by a ring, would sometimes
pull off and leave you with this sharp jagged piece of metal sticking up.

Discarding the metal rings polluted forests and beaches—Jimmy Buffett bemoans
this in his song Margaritaville (“I blew out my flip flop/Stepped on a pop top/Cut
my heel had to cruise on back home”)—and posed a choking hazard.

Again, the industry innovated. In 1975, the Reynolds Metals Co. patented the
StaTab, the can opening we still see on beer and soda cans today. Instead of ripping
off, the tab stayed afixed to the can, saving litter and eliminating choking hazards.
They caught on quickly, and by 1980, most breweries had completely switched
from pop-top cans to StaTabs.

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