Long-time Heisenberg fans are well acquainted with my penchant for fine spirits.
Unfortunately for local watering holes, upscale Manhattan bars, and (especially) the liquor store down the street, my pancreas went on strike in November, landing me in the ICU for a little over a week and ensuring that for the first time in God only knows how many years, alcohol would cease to be my primary source of nutrition/motivation.
For a while I feared my muse would become elusive, but as it turns out (and to the chagrin of a non-negligible number of people who don’t care much for my disposition as expressed through my writing) my productivity soared.
Alas, there are market consequences when an enormous, previously reliable source of insatiable demand suddenly dries up, and as you can see from the following set of charts, it looks as though my abstention from liquor is having a knock-on effect in the US beer market…
(Barclays with my additions)
Now cue the reader who takes this literally.