Some of you may remember the recent thread regarding New York state ending tax and fee exemptions for in-state brewers, the resolution of a lawsuit initiated by Shelton Brothers against the State Liquor Authority (SLA) for rejecting beer labels in 2006 under the assumption that they'd appeal to children. During the lawsuit, Shelton Brothers also questioned the fairness of tax and fee exemptions offered solely to in-state breweries, with the intentions of having them eliminated for everyone. The SLA and Department of Taxation and Finance eventually conceded that giving preferential treatment to beer brewed in state was "unconstitutional." However instead of eliminating the taxes and fees for everyone, the state eliminated the exemption for everyone. The bottom-line is that all beer sold in New York state is now subject to state and city excise taxes (previously waived for the first 200,000 bbls; NY breweries only), and each individual brand sold in state will require an annual $150 registration fee (previously waived if the volume produced per brand was under 1,500 bbls; NY breweries only). In response to recent coverage by the press and bloggers, much of which has been less than favorable, the following statement was issued by the Shelton Brothers today.