The Future Is Now: Beer 2.0 Edition

Julian Simon and Matt Ridley are (or were) the kind of reasonable people who give optimism a good name. But they talk about kinda hifalutin’ stuff. Commodity prices and long-term growth and other such book learnin’. Let’s keep our focus closer to hand, as it were, on beer. I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.

By any measure, beer is thriving in America. There’s more microbreweries than you can shake a stick at, and old domestic brands like PBR and High Life are experiencing a revival. Fat Tire will soon be available widely on the east coast, and you can buy Rogue in most grocery stores. Truly, it’s a golden age for golden aged hops.

The latest innovation in beer is … well, it’s just WILD. Take a seat. We Love DC reported that Caps/Wiz owner Ted Leonisis announced that the Verizon Center has one of the newest beer dispensing advances. What is it, you ask? Set mind to blown:

To find out how this operates, I didn’t talk to a scientist. But Wired explained that it’s through the magic and miracle of magnets. Turns out the little disc in the bottom is a fridge magnet that you can take home as a souvenir. Suddenly that $8 Bud light doesn’t seem like such a bad deal, does it?! Sure does. Also, how long before one of your worst friends decides to surreptitiously push out the magnet and spill your overpriced beer right in your lap? DON’T ACT LIKE YOU WOULDN’T LAUGH.

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