Notwithstanding the spike in coronavirus infections that we’re seeing across the country over the past few weeks, optimism rose 12 points among small business owners for the fourth quarter of 2020 according to new polling from the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Survey. The 4th quarter score of 72 is up 12 points from the prior survey for Q3, it is just over half the 142 it scored for Q4 in 2019. As one would expect, restaurant restrictions up to and including shutdowns of on-premise dining have led to a reduction in alcohol consumption. According to IWSR, the global benchmark for alcohol beverage data, alcohol consumption is down about 8% this year, in most of the 19 countries that it monitors, including China, France, Italy and the UK. In Canada and the United States however, total consumption is expected to rise by 2 percent for 2020 year over year. Perhaps that explains the increase in optimism?