They do indeed like beer - very much. I did an overnight canoe trip with a friend and his kids a few years back. On the way back, as were getting ready to launch after a portage, a big 450 lb blackie sped the process up for us considerably. He showed up on the portage trail we were just on about 30 yards form us and refused to moved when we yelled at him & made noise.
In the haste to get the kids & gear (or was it gear & kids
) into the canoe I forgot my (low ball*) beer can on the shore rock. As soon we pushed off, he ran to the shore and helped himself to my beer.
Bryan, Something else I just thought of that will help keep you safe in bear country is a good quality set of broken in running shoes. Not that you're going to outrun the bear or anything - you don't have to - you just have to outrun your brother.
Then again, if he's wearing that green thong, I'm sure the bear will leave him well enough alone.