@agoodbeerblog "Cacao nibs and imported honey are expensive," At last, the reason behind higher beer prices. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/dining/craft-beers-trend-toward-larger-bottles-causes-a-stir.html
"He's setting me up," I thought. "Don't take the bait," I pleaded with myself reminding me of what I can be like when I let myself. DO'H!!! I clicked on the link and that was the sound in my head. DO'H!!! Stan had me. And he had me as soon as I saw the words "[w]e do believe in the future of this format." Yikee doodles. What else can one say? Yike. Ee. Doodles.
The link in question was to an article in The New York Times which, upon review, does a few wonderful things not to often seen in beer journalism. First, it contains criticisms of the business ideas people who hold themselves out as leaders in the US craft brewing industry. You just don't see that much. Second, the uses language to guide the reader to a conclusion that supports that criticism. Words like "pride" and "prestige" and "perceived value" are used to point out motive. Third, sympathy is shown for the little guy - which is not the regional or national craft brewer if you need to ask. This is a consumer-centric analysis. You don't run across that too often in the North American good beer discourse.