You're paying more for beer this year (up 3% from last Memorial Day Weekend) due to higher prices in Barley.  If you want a more in-depth analysis as to why, click here and watch a  vid of a couple of dorks wearing Red, White and Blue ties and neckerchiefs explaining it all.  Bottom line is the cost of everything that goes INTO beer has gone up and as a result- you an I will make up the difference.  It's enough to drive you to drink. Happy Memorial Day!