Monday, March 05, 2007

Price of a Pint

The price of a pint in Ireland is going up by as much as 8 cent, just in time for St Patricks day as well but I presume thats just a coincidence...

Diageo has added 4 cent to the price of a pint and your local friendly publican, in between bitching about how the smoking ban is driving customers away, that the government should bus this customers to the and from the pub, and how the drink driving is the foundation of life outside Dublin, is likely to add 4 cent as well.

Diageo, the world's biggest drinks group, reported a 3% drop in beer sales in Ireland for the second half of 2006.

The firm blamed the drop on people drinking at home and enjoying different tipples.

You have to feel a certain lack of sympathy for the people in an industry that squeezes the last cent out of customers wallets before throwing them drunk and in many cases aggressive or incapacitated out onto the streets to find their own way home leaving a trail of vomit and destruction behind them.

I'm beyond bitching about the price of a pint in the pub. Now I just take comfort in the fact that by pushing up the price of drink they drive more people away from their own bars. Roll on the rise of café culture.

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