Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
The reason the prices haven't kept pace with inflation is the automating of the industry. I read at one point, over 98,000 jobs were lost in the industry since 1980.
And also losing the cost of the free pint all those workers used to get come Friday ...at least at the Owensboro distilleries, back in the day, per my mother in law who had many neighbors on the line at both.

I also don't remember the specifics of price but that first fifth of Beam I bought legally in '72 sure seemed costly next to the 2 cases for 3 bucks of Huber beer or even the $1 a bottle Boone's Farm that was my groups usual.