Buy Gold...schlager: Booze Inflation Highest In 20 Years

Tyler Durden's picture

Americans can handle soaring rent, gas, and even food prices (all those thing that the Fed conveniently ignores) with the stoic patience of a Greek who welcomes 160 German tax collectors on his rehypothecated front porch. But if there is one thing that is sure to kindle the revolutionary spirits it is the soaring price of booze. As it just so happens, ships are parked in the Boston harbor with crates of Grey Goose prepped for tossage overboard as we speak. As the following chart of alcoholic beverage inflation indicates, courtesy of John Lohman, January saw the biggest month over month spike in booze inflation in 20 years. In other words, about 90% of all traders alive today have never seen a bigger jump in liquor inflation in their lives. Then again, with nobody trading any more, and since the new venue du jour of most of said now ex-traders is the local watering hole, perhaps we are seeing demand pull inflation in at least one item. Needless to say, there is something very ironic that surging alcohol inflation is the only thing that is resilient to the central banks (un)sterilized liquidity explosion. The good news: there is distinct relative deflation in the cost of ammunition. At least for the time being...

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slaughterer's picture

Good for liquor inflation, I want to offload some more crates of Lafite Rothschild to buy some more gold and machine gun ammunition and some tanks for my natural gas holdings.   Would rather be able to shoot the enemy efficiently than get drunk at this point.  

Not For Reuse's picture

LOL great, I'll take a crate of wine over a crate of fuckin' ammo any day of the week. Not a fan of Lafite, but if you have something that's actually worth bartering for, hit me up.

(PS, shoulda sold that Lafite in Sept before the HK auction market croaked...)

Troll Magnet's picture

i gotta go buy some weed to hedge against this bullshit.

Arius's picture

"the stoic patience of a Greek"

... LOL .... we have come a long way from the 300 spartans haven't we?

francis_sawyer's picture

"Americans can handle soaring rent, gas, and even food prices"

says who?

Troll Magnet's picture

$5 a gallon in my neck of the woods.  

Stax Edwards's picture

At least Fisher believes in including the price of beer in inflation calculations.

El Hosel's picture

Coors Extra Gold, The king of cheap beer...  less than $20 for 30, while supplies last.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I've been trying to hoard booze, but I can't help liquidating my cache.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Dude, I homebrew beer. It is getting more expensive, but not at that rate! You can also make good wines at $3 a bottle if done right.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

My favorite mash I did was an ESB w/juniper berry tea + wormwood tea.  One bottle had me grinning and spinning!

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

The green fairy makes people grow crazy!!!

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Zombies try and raid me for booze I'm gonna lay out Pabst Blue Ribbon booby traps.   That'll kill their asses.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

PBRs as traps might get a few of those hipsters type too. Kill two birds with one stone!

flacon's picture



4 Yorkshire Men:


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Is baiting fat assed idiots legal??

The Big Ching-aso's picture



I think so.    I don't think you can bait them while sitting in your car though.


BeerBrewer09's picture

Homebrewed beer cost (for 10 gallons of IPA @6.5% alcohol, not including time or equipment)

1 lb. hops = $8-$16

20 lbs grain = $10

1 vial liquid yeast = $7.50 (reusable ~5 times)

water = $.50

propane = $6

total cost = $32-$40 / 106 12oz pours = between $.30-$.38 per beer

RafterManFMJ's picture



So...when's the house party?

BeerBrewer09's picture

you supply the silver, I supply the beer

A Nanny Moose's picture

Indeed. No liquidity trap here.


RafterManFMJ's picture



Damn Hendrix set it up so I can short your hoard..I'll cut you in for a win-win.

non_anon's picture

weed is terribly inflated when I oould buy it for $40 an oz in the 70's and early 80's

Flakmeister's picture

Yep... I remember those lids... 7 grams of seeds, 7 grams of stems, 10 grams of male fan leaves and 4 grams of sort of ok bud...

If there is one product where the CPI deserved a hedonic adjustment, it's marajuana....

non_anon's picture

ha ha, yeah, it came in a sandwich bag

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

What was the level of THC back then?  One bong rip should do what a joint did back then.

non_anon's picture

yeah, I'm a lightwieght when it comes to pot but I can drink a hell've alot of booze!

The Big Ching-aso's picture




Gold for Booze! commercials.

nmewn's picture

Damn Flak, sounds like you needed to run with a better crowd ;-)

Flakmeister's picture

Actaully that was the pot... I smoked mainly hash being in port towns back then...  Red Lebanese, Moroccan Green from the Atlas... occasional afgani...


nmewn's picture

You bastard ;-)

Smoked some hash as well, I'm not gonna lie and say I knew where it was from. It was a cube, rectangular, dark brown. Some hash oil too, we used it around joints when all we could get was mexican.

Which I understand (mexican) has come a long way from my time. Back then it tasted like smoking dirt and gave you a headache and occasional giggles.

Hugo Chavez's picture

I wish i could find oaxacan and columbian gold. Nice sativa buzz that didnt put you to sleep like these indica hybrids.

WonderDawg's picture

Yep, Mexi was headache weed. Panama Red, Columbian Gold, and Thai stick were the premo strains back then. Even the best Columbo back then doesn't stand up to the sensi out there today.

nmewn's picture


That's good to know, when I take up with my old friends when we all retire ;-)

WonderDawg's picture

Not that I know first hand; this is just what I've heard, you know, through the grapevine.

nmewn's picture


Purely anecdotal, we're all given to flights of fancy here ;-)

erg's picture

I remember the hash you describe. I'm sure there were many varieties. It was a preferred brand. We called it gold seal because that's what it had stamped on it.

How about a hash/gold based currency? Would that work?

nmewn's picture

Sounds like one would have to be legalized or both criminalized ;-)

Switching gears, it always comes down to this with me, on legalization. I prefer de-criminalization to legalization as once something is legalized it becomes taxable.

And we all know what happens to the price of something bought retail once it's legal. De-criminalized let's you grow your own without a hassle.

Like corn or cabbage.

Don't tell Monsanto though, they'll want to make the seeds infertile ;-)

nmewn's picture

Just watch the wattage and infared and well, ya know ;-)

Best to keep it off the place...government land is best...I mean what are they gonna do confiscate

erg's picture

Terminator seeds. Whenever I make chili I save all the seeds of the peppers while it's worth it.

JohnG's picture

I'll let you know in a few minutes.....  :)

JohnG's picture



After more than a few minutes....

The anwser is YES WE CAN!

(Got a little tied up with a thumbtack and a wine glass, inhales...looks at shiny gold...smiles, now where DID those cheetos get off too...)




Lednbrass's picture

Its only a rumor, and not that I knew such folks personally of course, but I sorta kinda heard of a guy who used to get very large amounts of that "Black Gold" gold stamp in kilo bricks back in the 80's. Supposedly it was coming from the Mujahideen freedom fighters to fund their war against godless communism.

I doubt its true, and Im sure the noble fighters against communism wouldnt have resorted to such means to fund their wars against an aggressor... errr... I mean those filthy terrorists were probably trying to undermine apple pie and baseball even then. Clear proof that Islam is our enemy, and we have always been at war with Eurasia! Or is it Eastasia? Heck, whoever the defenders of freedom at DHS want it to be!Damn those terrorists!

nmewn's picture

Anyone who fights communism is a friend of mine...glad I could help in the struggle for freedom once upon a

Of course anything can be used as a "revenue stream"...from subsidized solar to a plantation welfare state. It's used for those who have control over it. It's just the pious pontificating assholes that piss me off more than anything.

If one is going to live it, breath it.

Don't turn around and point fingers and say (Bwaney Fwank) that I did this for the downtrodden when he had more bank lobbyist's on his staff than any other representative as far as I can tell. Or Dodd, who's wife worked for an offshore financial operation in the Cayman's as he railed against offshoring wealth.

Or that grand "populist" so beloved here on the pages of ZH (Alan Grayson) who, having been trained in finance and contract law promptly lost a portion of his fortune overseas, under a contract, which he wrote off. 

Yes, revenues work for those fortunate enough for them to flow in their general doubt.

However, you and I are not in that club. We're retail.

Real Estate Geek's picture

How about a hash/gold based currency? Would that work?

Probably not; it's just bimetallism in a tie-dye T.

non_anon's picture

ah, smoking hashish, brings back memories in my bedroom in my parents house listening to Judas Priest, ripped.