Arts/Literature

Uncommonly Valuable

by Dawn Farmer

Guessing the acquisition of Anheuser Busch was good for InBev?… I walked past a bottle shop in Fremantle proudly displaying this poster. The price was so stunning to me I stopped to take this picture. I thought the price was a function of the distance, but they sell plenty of Heineken for no where near this price. For comparison purposes this sign was outside a road house a few hundred klicks north or Fremantle.

A block is 30 cans.

The odd thing – I’ve never seen an Australian drinking a Budweiser… Of course at $100 a case you might guess why.

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  1. Wow. There’s a LOT of prices there I wouldn’t pay. But $100 for a case of 30 Budweisers? Hell, I’m one of these guys who wouldn’t pay 30 cents for it….

  2. Man alive, even considering the conversion to US dollars it still comes out to more than $80 for a case of Budweiser. (even if we’re talking about .5 liter bottles that’s still silly)

    But i’ll be that some people pay it. There’s a certain class of people around the world who want desperately to be American. My advice is to avoid that class of people like the plague. It won’t be easy, they can smell you and they’ll follow you. They also seem to be the type ready to hit you over the head with an empty Budweiser bottle for no apparent reason. (Yes, i learned this lesson by mistake and the hard way.)

  3. Australia has quite a large tax on alcohol. Beer is taxed according to the alcohol content, spirits are very expensive and wine has a different tax structure yet. How beer is sold effects the tax as well, draft beer enjoys lower taxation than cans.

    Interestingly Australians are big on cutting down “Tall Poppies.” Waving around your $100 beer mind be a good reason to be chopped down. My experience with Australians has always been delightful. They clearly separate Americans from our government. My sense is that they have little patience with their own politicians. I attended Question Time in the Australian Parliament. It was even more raucous than QT in England. I’d love to see QT in the United States… now that would be interesting CSPAN viewing!

  4. Fikshun – indeed! I wonder if the premium price will change in the future? I found an article that says Coopers Brewery in South Australia may begin producing Budweiser in country.

  5. I have a different set of experiences with Aussies, but i must admit that those were expat Aussies…and that does tend to change things. It does, however, seem that the national past-time is getting drunk and punching each other.

    Oh god, i would dearly love for the US to have QT in the commonwealth tradition; unfortunately, i believe that such a practice would only expose our representatives’ ignorance and inability to construct complete thoughts. But QT might be enough to bring back hand-to-hand combat on the Senate floor and duels by the mighty Potomac.

  6. Lex – I had to giggle with your comment about Aussies getting drunk and punching each other. My family in OZ are retired publicans. You should hear the stories about drunken brawls and the like. Australia has regional stereotypes just like we do. There are the pick-up truck (Ute) driving, night hunting, barbie on the back of the truck types, lots of bikers, and on the other extreme the colonial model OAPs. I looked at a report from Canberra on the taxation – drinking as a whole is way down in the nation since the 70’s. I suspect the same can be said of our drinking patterns.

    Can you imagine the fights on the Senate floor! We’d be like the Korean Parliament… 🙂 Duels on the Potomac – tickets available through TiocketMaster. They could set up a facility out on Hains Point. QT would be a wonderful thing.

  7. NOBODY protests like the Koreans. When i was there, the biggest intersection in Seoul saw busloads (emphasis on the plural) of riot police deployed every weekend…just in case. At the time, agricultural free trade policies were raising the ire of farmers, who developed the most ingenious method of countering police force at the protests.

    They’d take a handful of fish cleaning leftovers and place it in a plastic bag with a pinch of fertilizer. The bag was then sealed and set in the sun for several days. Various chemical reactions happened and the bag would blow up like a balloon that popped when it hit the line of police. As you might imagine, the stench was overpowering. The moral of this story is that nothing breaks a police line like the transitive property of vomit.

    Homemade flame throwers have also been popular…

  8. Korea would be a crazy place to live! I didn’t see such excitement, but I did experience a curious attitude towards women – as in I was virtually ignored on both Korean Air and in restaurants, etc in Inchon. People would speak to my husband and son and give me the flip.

    Interesting place.

  9. Korea is not very, um, enlightened when it comes to gender equality. At the table, the women should serve (lacking women, it falls to the youngest man). Married women rarely work; once a woman is married her job is to have children and keep up house. So women who work have – so far – failed at marriage, but they do get four days off every month for you-know-what. If the woman is so lucky as to marry the oldest son in a family, she can look forward to her mother-in-law moving in till death do they part.

    Men work horrendous hours and are required to spend a certain amount of time getting shit-faced with their boss, this leaves not so much time for the family. Things are further complicated by the belief among Korean men that it is best to have three women. One for children, one for romance, and one for sex (the last can be supplemented with whoring).

    Yes, interesting place. And, obviously, these stereotypes are not true across the board.

    The situation was rather offensive to some female expats, but i never heard a guy complain

  10. Thanks for the insights Lex. Three women, lucky ladies… one can only image what constitutes “romance” in that formula. Oh well, not my cultural choice, but it was an interesting learning moment for my son. He’d never seen women ignored like that, but he was liking the positive treatment he received. Made for good family conversations.