My friend Fuz sent me a link to an article on the resurgence of beers being aged in wood barrels.
While I appreciate the craft that goes into making these beers, I have to say the price tag makes me balk in a serious way. That might be the point; these are specialty beers for special occasions, but I certainly hope that this doesn’t become a widespread trend. I would like a good beer for a reasonable price available to as many people as possible. If brewers decide to put the really good beers out of the reach of the regular budget, then I feel like something has gone a little awry in the brewing culture. They already have to overcome misconceptions about the way their beer tastes (too heavy, too intense, etc.), the fact that it costs more, and the still frequent condecension from people who derive status from their drink instead of the pleasure of good food shared.
Making $35 bottles for 25oz of beer is something I’d like to see kept as a rarity, if you don’t mind.