I just read that on this day back in 1995, the Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it. Makes me want to fly out to Cleveland and check out Section 154 in Progressive Field.Read On:
Earlier in the month I addressed wine consumption in the U.S. I thought it would be a good time to check out beer consumption, since I have been reading numerous articles about the rise of brew pubs and microbreweries. No surprise, beer is America’s most popular alcoholic beverage, accounting for approximately 85% of all alcoholic beverages sold in the United States – generating annual retail sales close to $92 billion. Beer consumption statistics are all over the map, but it is estimated that on the average we consume an estimated 85 liters per year which is equivalent to a little over 22 gallons or 180 pints. Beer drinking is male dominated; men account for 80% of the volume consumed.
So why do I want to go to Progressive Field in Cleveland? Delaware North, a leading contract management company, just opened this year a new Spirits of Ohio stand after extensive testing. The stand is located in Section 154 of the lower deck behind home plate. All of the craft beers are made in the Buckeye State; they range in price from $6.75 to $29.75. That’s correct; a 22- ounce Hoppin’ Frog Bodacious Black and Tan is $29.75. Too expensive for your tastes? You could always settle for a 22-ounce bottle of Hippie IPA for $19.75 or Brew Kettle’s 4 C’s Pale Ale for $15.75.
I will pass on a beer. I just want to check out the alcohol content on the labels, then head over to Your Dad’s Beer located in Section 119 for a 12-ounce can of Blatz for $4.50. Still an expensive beer when I factor in airfare, hotel, rental car, parking, my ticket, one hot dog and one baseball cap. Anyone care to join me?