Why don’t more hotels carry craft beer?

This weekend Lauren and I were lucky enough to stay at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan for an evening. When you walk in the front door, you can’t help but feel the opulence and the history dripping from the walls. I definitely felt out of place.

When we got to our room, there was a basket of food items. In it was a half bottle of Opus One. That’s nice wine… Really nice wine. Was only $185 for the half bottle. Ha. Definitely not in the Thorp budget.

Looked in our mini fridge just cause I was curious. The beer they had was Heineken and Amstel Light. They’re both fine beers just seemed misplaced next to Opus One.

Why don’t more hotels, especially the nicer ones, carry more craft beers? Next to Opus One, I’d think you’d have a bottle of Pliny The Elder in the fridge or maybe Dogfish Head Brewery or even the local Brooklyn Brewery.

Seems like beer (especially craft) still has a ways to go to achieve the same status as wine in world of fine beverages.

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