Market Power

Musings by an academic economist on the power of markets and the power over markets.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Green Beer

In two days, it will be St. Patrick's Day. Each year at this time at the University of Missouri, engineering students take out the regular floodlights that illuminate the white dome of Jesse Hall and replace them with green floodlights.

Many people throughout the country will also drink light American lagers laced with green food coloring. To those people I say "shame on you." If you want to celebrate St. Patty's Day by having a beer and you want to, somehow, feel a bit Irish, don't have a green American lager (like a McBudweiser or a McMiller Genuine McDraft). Instead, you should have an Irish stout (I like milk stouts and oatmeal stouts myself) or an Irish Ale. Yes, a Guiness Stout is acceptable.

But no green beer!