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Americans are picking stiffer drinks

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Brewers' sales dropped in the first quarter of 2018 as Americans swapped cold beers for hard alcohol, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters, per the Journal: "Alcohol consumption overall is stalling. That has intensified a fight between brewers, distillers and winemakers for a more limited pool of drinkers. In that booze battle, beer has been losing out, especially among younger drinkers."