The conventional Canadian view is that American beer is bad; watery and weak. Yet American breweries produce some of the world's best beers - superb brews coming out of microbreweries across the country.
What is striking about the United States is the country's level of inequality - or, to be more precise, the beer quality inequality. Countries like Germany, Belgium - the Scandinavian countries in general - have much less variation in the quality of their beer.
The question is: why? Does beer quality inequality result from other forms of inequality, like disparities in income and wealth? Or do the forces that produce income inequality also produce beer quality inequality? Is it a spurious correlation, or is the armchair empiricist's observation that the US has more beer ine-quality simply wrong?