FQOD: Why is beer so expensive now?

Answer: One, you are no longer drinking Piels 40’s.

Two, it is basic economics.  Supply and demand.  There has been a shortage of hops over the past few years, and there is no elasticity in the curve as there is no substitute for hops (even if Bud tried).  So limited supply with inelastic demand (try taking beer away from baseball or football if you doubt me) results in increased prices.

Third, in tough economic times people flock to relatively inexpensive entertainment of all forms, but most of all alcohol.  This is the reason why Sin Stocks do well in poor economic times. 

So drink beer, it is good for the American Econommy!