15 Fun Facts About Beer & Tax On National Beer Day

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by CervezaNY, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. CervezaNY

    CervezaNY Aspirant (205) Mar 24, 2016 New York

  2. billandsuz

    billandsuz Zealot (503) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    "2. ...In 2015, the federal government collected $3.6 billion in excise taxes on domestic and imported beer alone."

    Fun fact: Those are the only two choices as far as anyone is aware.
  3. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,381) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    According to the Brewers Association, there are over 8,800 breweries in the USA. But, I guess, that is "more than" 4 thousand... :rolling_eyes:
  4. moodenba

    moodenba Zealot (586) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Here's a questionable "fact":
    13. According to Infogroup, with 1.54 beer-related businesses per capita, Bend, Oregon is the most favorable U.S. city for beer lovers. Oregon boasts two cities on the list: it probably helps that Oregon has no state sales tax to boost prices.
    Bend has over 93000 residents now, so that translates to about 140000 businesses??? So there was a small arithmetic error (decimal point slippage?) somewhere along the line. I always enjoy visiting relatives in Oregon to bask in the lack of sales tax. However, there is a complication. There is the issue of bottle and can deposits.
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  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,488) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Fun Fact #16: This article is more than 4 years old (Apr 7, 2017).

    So, this one is no longer up to date, and beer is taxed based on the size of the brewery, while the article implies (underlined) ABV affects the tax rate. Also, neither "per drink" or "per ounce of alcohol" is accurate. :rolling_eyes:
    See BEER – Reduced Tax Rates on Domestic Removals or Imports (2018 to Present) where the FET varies from $3.50 to $16 to $18 a barrel, regardless of alcohol content.

    Also, obviously, for beer from a small brewery paying $3.50/bbl and selling beer at retail $20/four pints, the tax doesn't come close to being 40% of retail, even with the additional state and other taxes.
    #5 jesskidden, Apr 7, 2021
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  6. billandsuz

    billandsuz Zealot (503) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    But wait. There's more.
    "43% of Americans who drink alcohol say they prefer beer (32% say wine and 20% say liquor)."

    5% of Americans prefer Cider or Zima. Which is it damn it!?

    "Gin was taxed at 2d (about 2 pennies) per gallon, while beer was taxed at 4 shillings 9d (about 57 pennies) per gallon."

    1d is exactly 1 penny, not about 1 penny.
    4s 9d is exactly 57 pennies, not about 57 pennies.
    This author seems to imply the conversion is to the modern penny or is just confused? From 1695 prices?
    No. Just no.
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