Washington state is apparently discussing a tax-hike on beer! The cost of a sixer would go up by about 45 cents which state legislators predict would increase revenue to the state budget by $58 million. Holy crap, Washingtonians drink a lot of beer.
So why aren’t the Aleheads apoplectic? Well for one, it doesn’t effect most of us (except for you, dear Sweeney). And second, the tax doesn’t effect micro-brews….just mass-made domestics. Ironically, the tax is part of a “luxury” package which also proposes taxing candy, gum, and bottled water. I’m bemused by the idea of Bud Light and gum being seen as “luxury” products while something like Deschutes Obsidian Stout is apparently a “necessity”. Not that I’m arguing. Anything that pushes beer drinkers away from the cheap shit and towards high-quality craft brews is A-OK in my book.
So well done Washington. While I don’t agree with your beer-tax policy, I DO agree with your swill-tax policy (I also agree with your Selma-killing policy).