Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Craft Beer Tax on the way...

Unless they put Sarah Palin back up there, I don't think I can support this garbage anymore.

Apparently the powers that be in Congress have decided that the best way to pay for healthcare is to raise taxes on beer. The higher the alcohol in beer, the higher the taxes. AMAZING how that works. This law will pretty much put the kibosh on heavier beers, which is majority craft beer. I don't think Avery HAS a brew under 8% ABV. Same for Dogfish. This new law will have minimal affect on Miller and Bud, but not much as their beers are uber-weak to begin with.... Just how can your government put the squeeze on small businesses for health care. Because that's exactly what this is.

"The Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC is currently considering a proposal to increase and equalize the excise tax for alcohol beverages as part of healthcare reform deliberations. This proposal would triple the excise tax for 4.5% ABV beer and impose even higher excise tax rates for higher ABV beers.

If such a proposal becomes reality, there is no question that many small brewery businesses will suffer, some will close and consumers will face higher prices and diminished choice in the marketplace."

From what I'm seeing, microbrewing is pretty much a labor of love. I'm not rich by any means, but I probably make more in salary than 95% of the brewmasters of microbreweries. It's all about passion and doing what you care about. Yeah some folks get big like Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams, but most microbreweries will never get bigger than a couple dozen local bars and a couple slots on the shelf in the larger beer stores; and they'll operate like that for DECADES. These entreprenuers are running on nothing but excess beer and raw ambition.

But now they are going to targeted, yes targeted as the business entity that should pay for healthcare. People, we are punishing ambition. We are punishing drive. We are punishing what made this country great in the first place. Is that what we're all about here Obama, Pelosi? Today it's craft brewers. Not many people are gonna care b/c craft beer is a good 4% of the whole beer market. Probably 0.001% when you factor in total alcohol market. But if you have specialty business. A niche. Something not directly in the public's eye. Take a good look at microbreweries in the next few years. Once they squeezed us dry and we're back to drinking ambers and wheat beers, I'm sure the feds will find another way to get our money.

If you have a minute, please write your state senator and let them know that this is not they way we should be operating.

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