The one thing I don't know if I really buy is the idea that shortening up the "space" in price between a NY brew and an import will drive consumers to forgo the local brew for the Shelton/import. 1. Not living in NY, I don't know but no one's proven or mentioned that such a "space" existed to begin with 2. Quality/Craft beer drinkers I know aren't usually bargain shoppers. We all subscribe to "drink less, taste more" so I don't know of anyone who'd say "Damn PBR is now only a dollar less than Brooklyn Brown Ale - good enough for me, PBR me ASAP". Dunno, maybe drinkers are different in NY. Also - as a non-resident of NY - Were NY based beers cheaper, at the tap/on the bar than beers not brewed in NY (and thus subject to the taxes and fees)? I have a feeling - in the end, it's going to come down to the bar as to how this hits the consumer. Some bars will raise all prices and blame the government, some won't. That's probably where the consumer is going to have to vote the most with their wallet and let those bars hitting their patrons for an extra 1.50 which the taxes are only responsible for maybe 25 cents of - tell them why you're not there, with the math if necessary.