When socialist countries implode things start disappearing. First it’s meat, then bread, then soap, then toilet paper, and then that absolute necessity of a socialist paradise, booze. Then it’s only a matter of time before people start filling the streets and toppling statues of Lenin, or in this case Hugo Chavez.
Why? Because without alcohol socialism of the kind we see in Venezuela is simply intolerable. Ask anyone who lived in the Soviet Union.
(From The USA Today)
For one, brewery workers are on strike demanding higher wages.
Members of the Sintraterricentro union downed tools last week at two bottling plants belonging to the Polar brewery. It supplies roughly 80% of Venezuela’s beer, including market leader Polar Pilsen. The union is tiny but its members hold key positions at the plant, meaning that production has ground to a halt.
The nation’s human rights ombudsman has stepped in to mediate. But Empresa Polar executives accuse him of a bias toward the union, which is allied with the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.
On top of that, there’s a shortage of imported beer ingredients.