Mentioning a beer scarcity in Venezuela may seem trivial, but in crises, the trivial can become key. (Remember the Boston Tea Party?) Venezuela’s economy has been traumatized by the fall in oil prices. The country’s brewers must import the hops and such necessary for brewing their own. Beer accounts for 70% of the nation’s liquor sales. Poor national economies can be met with personal concessions, but such simple things are running out of beer can galvanize populations. Maybe this will be yet another concession. Maybe not.
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