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Cuba Is Running Out Of Beer Because American Tourists Drink So Much

(Source) — The ubiquitous fridges that dispense beer in Cuba’s bars, cafes and petrol stations are running out of the island’s favourite Cristal and Bucanero brands as a surge in American tourists and the proliferation of new private watering holes put the nation’s main brewery under strain. Brewer Bucanero needs a new plant to keep pace with demand from tourists and a burgeoning private restaurant sector that competes with state-run outlets for supplies, Mayle Gonzalez, a sales executive at the company, said on Saturday. Bucanero, a joint venture between the Cuban government and Belgium’s Anheuser Busch InBev, also makes the Communist-led country’s most widely consumed brew, Cristal. Local media reported that Cuba’s breweries signed contracts this week for more than 33m cases of beer at a business in Havana, considerably more than their current production capability will allow. Bucanero is reportedly planning to import 3m cases of beer from Dominica to keep up with demand. After US president Barack Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba in February, American tourists have started descending on Cuba in significant numbers, a trend that is expected to continue.

Couldn’t be prouder right now, you guys. America is drinking Cuba right under the fucking table. Before I read this, I thought that the only impression America was giving the world is that we’re a bunch of fat idiots who were enjoying a ridiculous campaign season to decide our next leader. But now? Now I’m sure everyone still knows we’re not to be trifled with. I mean that’s what being the kind of people who will drink a country dry says. Everyone has the friend who can drink ten thousand beers on a night out, he’s the guy you call when you’re really looking to get into it. That’s what America is. We’re the crazy friend who you know is always going to deliver on a good time. If that’s the legacy that the red, white, and blue leaves then I am more than OK with it. Yeah, I guess we can be world leaders in stuff like “education” and bullshit like that, but no one likes the nerd. No one calls the nerd when they want to have fun. I’d much rather be the guy who’s going to come over, drink all your beer, ruin a carpet or two, eat all your food, and put your girlfriend in a bad mood. That’s the legacy I want to leave.