Beer Tax Rates and Morality

The Atlantic reported today that Chuck Weed (great name), a Democratic New Hampshire state representative, is proposing raising the tax on beer in his state. Supposedly the tax hike would garner $4 million in revenue a year if it were to go into effect. The map below, provided by The Tax Foundation, shows current tax rates on a gallon of beer per state.

How much does it cost to drink?
How much does it cost to drink?

New Hampshire’s democratic Governor Maggie Hassan said however, she’ll veto such a bill if it crosses her desk. Cheers to you Governor. Keep beer cheap for the working man! The article itself is a great study in beer consumption and tax rates and shows how the two relate to a states moral reputation. Have a look, then a drink.

 

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Crafty Charlatans Would Have You Believe Their Beer is Better

CraftBeer.com and the Brewers Association offer this neat list of those American brewers, who would have you believe their beer is independently owned, well crafted and/or small in size. Well the word’s out, again. You should probably avoid these brands at all costs, despite the sale on the 36 pack. Click the image for a larger view.

Brewers
CraftBeer.com asks:
Who brewed that beer you’re drinking? Is it craft…or crafty?
In other words, is it a product of a small and independent brewer, or is it from a crafty large, multinational brewer, seeking to capitalize on the mounting success of today’s small and independent craft brewers?

“Craft Beer” officially in the dictionary!

LA Weekly reports today that craft beer has officially been added to Merriam-Webster’s 2012 dictionary. Also making the cut is gastropub. The recognition is great, and is enough convincing to get this blogger back on track. Cheers! Let this be the rebirth(again) of this blog.

How to Brew Beer by Brooklyn Brew Shop

Great video. Encouraging tunes. Making Beer. Thanks Brooklyn Brew Shop.

How to Brew Beer from Brooklyn Brew Shop on Vimeo.

The Raging Bitch Way

You may be offended by this, but fear not for Flying Dog‘s ales will make it all better.

Love the 70’s sitcom/corny gum commercial feel of this video.

Get your hands on any one of their offerings ASAP. You will not be disappointed.

Vintage Beer Propaganda

An advertisement that possibly still rings true today. The best part? The phrase “beverages of moderation.” Some of us have neglected to remember that little part.


From the text:

“The winter wind pokes icy fingers at the window panes. Mittens, sock and ski-boots sit drying on the hearth. The ruddy fire-light flickers over glowing healthy faces.

The day’s runs and jumps, and spills too, are re-lived once again… over glass of richly mellow beer and ale.

Nothing adds more to the simple pleasure of such an evening than a glass of beer or ale.

Made from Nature’s wholesome grains and hops, beer and ale are so deeply satisfying, so delightful to your taste.

Called by men, since the dawn of time, the “beverages of moderation” these two brews can do so much to make your hours of leisure more restful, more relaxing.

More and more, in these difficult days, Americans are realizing that beer and ale… with their nutritious ingredients, their gentle nature, their matchless flavor… belong to a wholesome and balanced way of life.”

Cheers!