2009: 22 ounces. 2010: 7 ounces. 2011: Thimble-sized Beers…

A few places are reporting the news that the Rogue Ales Brewery of Oregon is going to shift production of its XS series from larger ceramic vessels to tiny 7-ounce bottles. There’s also news that Norwegian brewer Nøgne Ø is going to shift some production to 8.5-ounce bottles. While this is perhaps a welcomed transition from the over-sized bottles of recent years (thanks a lot for that unwieldy 1-liter swingtop bottle of 11-percent Imperial Stout), I’m curious about how such beers will be priced. If the price points remain considerably high compared to their tiny volumes, I’d say its an unwelcomed trend that will eventually lead to drinking half-ounce measures from a thimble…

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