<img width="160" height="98" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050817124530561_1.gif" alt="">Whether you're a motorist looking to drown your sorrows or a cyclist celebrating the rising cost of gas, a Chicago bar is introducing a promotion that will make everyone thirst for higher gas prices. The Handlebar, a bicycle themed bar and restaurant in Wicker Park is lowering beer prices as gas prices soar above $3 a gallon at the pump.
"The beer pump is and forever will be affordable to hard working Americans," declared Handlebar co-owner Josh Deth. "The European Community has managed to maintain reasonable beer prices through times of high gas prices and we should too."
According to <a href="http://www.chicagogasprices.com">www.chicagogasprices.com</a>, the BP station down the street from Handlebar is now selling gas at $2.99 a gallon. Once gas hits $3 a gallon, pints of Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale will be discounted to $3 from their normal price of $3.75. As gas prices continue to climb, beer price will continue to fall according what will be called the "Inverse Petrol-O-Matic Beer Pricing Scheme." For example,
$3/gallon gas = $3 pints
$4/gallon gas = $2 pints
$5/gallon gas = $1 pints
$6/gallon gas = free pints
In addition to saving its customers money on beer, Handlebar also promotes alternative to driving such as bicycling, walking and public transit. The restaurant has private bike parking in its back yard and supports several bicycling advocacy organizations such as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.