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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3 Rolling Rocks and The 10 Commandments

Budgets crunch as easily as aluminum. (photo credit dedleg.com)
Budgets crunch as easily as aluminum. (photo credit dedleg.com)

You know, not every beer night can be the same. Not every one can be a blast. And sometimes not every one can be spent sipping away on craft beer. It’s expensive; relatively speaking when you’ve got Rolling Rock at 8 bucks for a dozen. At this rate cheap beer nights are destined to happen much more often than craft beer nights.

Last nights savior... The 10 Commandments (photo credit: The Lost Abbey)
Last nights savior… The 10 Commandments (photo credit: The Lost Abbey)

Last night was a hybrid of the two situations however. On Friday’s, like most of America, I like to unwind. I decided what better way than with beer. It’s just delicious. We all know that. I ended up purchasing that 12 pack I mentioned earlier, but I counterbalanced it by grabbing one of Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey label beers; The Ten Commandments. It’s an ale brewed with spices, raisins, rosemary and it stands for all that is holy in the craft beer world, right? At 10% it makes up for choosing the Rolling Rock(which is not bad, truly!), but still came out to around $12 for just one bottle. Damn!

Having good taste can be expensive. But by the same token having such an experienced palette also means I am shopping and purchasing from independent breweries everywhere. This is a good thing, in spite of the price tag. As a person living in poverty craft beer probably shouldn’t be in my budget, however craft beer stands for so much more than just a good time. You figure it out. Cheers!

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?

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.

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!

Meet Carrie Nation, The Hatchet-Wielding Temperance Advocate

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Carrie A. Nation’s death. Who, you ask.

Trusty hatchet and bible in hand

Carrie Nation was a temperance advocate in pre-prohibition America. In the early part of the twentieth century, Carrie was so much against alcohol she could be found destroying entire bars with her coveted hatchet. Later, she marketed mini replicas of her hatchet as souvenirs for her fans and even wrote a newspaper titled The Hatchet. Gary Paulsen eat your heart out.

Her vandalism became widely known and bar patrons began to use the slogan “All Nations Welcome But Carrie.” Clever! In the course of ten years she was arrested close to 30 times for her “hatchetations” as she came to call them. This bitch is crazy! Anyway, she’s gone and we have beer. SO, cheers?!

Tonight raise a pint to Carrie, if for the very least, to honor her perseverance.