Restaurants Turn to the Barter System; Sam Adams Strong Beer Banned in 13 States
Sara Lee is closing a plant in Greenville, S.C. after losing an unnamed customer for its frozen dough products. Some 200 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes.
After a big meal, Peter Meehan swears by Underberg, a natural herb bitters from Germany. Sold in a single-serving size, it promises to ease an overstuffed belly. But it's "not to be sipped," according to the bottle, which would be difficult anyway due to the pungent flavor.
In these tough economic times, restaurants are relying on the barter system. Restaurateurs are swapping food for services like oven-hood cleaning and pest control, a practice that also attracts new customers when tradespeople bring friends along.
[Wall Street Journal]
Samuel Adams' super-strong beer, Utopias, is banned in 13 states. At $150 per bottle and 27 percent alcohol, it proclaims itself the highest alcohol content beer on the market. Local strong beer lovers need not worry -- it's legal in New York.
[NY Daily News]