A Map of America's Beer Taxes

Excise taxes on beer, by state.


Tonight the tax man let me down.

Whether you're planning a cross-country pub crawl or just wondering how much more that Guinness would cost if you lived in Nashville, you'll find some useful info in the Tax Foundation's state-by-state map of America's excise taxes on beer. The short takeaway: Thrifty drinkers are best off in Wyoming and worst off in Tennessee, which may explain why Music Row keeps cranking out songs about crying in your beer.

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  1. Crying in your beer just waters it down more, making the taxes even tougher to stomach

    1. “We’ve reevaluated your property at the increased cubic footage and you owe.”

      1. Hey, why haven’t the statists picked up on three dimensional property taxes?

        1. Don’t give them any fucking ideas.

          1. Heinlein gave them the idea 50 years ago.

          2. In the belief that things wont get better till they get worse, I was intentionally offering that idea for implementation.

        2. I can’t tell if this is a joke or not. You do pay for the total value contained within the three dimensions of your property (including mineral rights underneath and airspace development potential for building up).

          1. 1. if it’s me, assuming I’m joking is a safe bet.

            2. not a property owner.

            1. Though my suggestion would work more along the lines of appraising property for the full cubic footage between the stratosphere and the upper mantle.

              1. Eh, that’s just a function of the land area. It sounds like you “want” either an area(/volume) tax or a “big building” tax instead of or in addition to the property (value) tax.

                1. Yes, a straight volume tax. With resulting values immeasurably beyond the capacity of any of the 99% to afford.

                  Entire swaths of suburbia depopulated. The combination of resulting demand and the new tax rates causing the foreclosure of rental properties.

                  Homelessness for All. It’s the only fair solution.

  2. Homebrewing thread!

  3. That maps gets things right, but its not technically excise taxes that make TN and KY so high.

    It is the distributor tax, which is 9% in KY and something even more ridiculous in TN.

    1. From the small print: “TN’s figure includes the wholesale tax rate of 17%, converted into a gallonage excise tax rate.”

      1. They did it for KY too, as KY’s excise tax is $2.50 per bbl, which is much less that $0.76 per gallon.

        The problem with the wholesaler tax is that it hits high price items harder. Screwing craft beer but benefiting Budweiser.

    2. A few years ago, KY was discussing bumping up the distributor tax but instead added the sales tax on to liquor, which it didnt apply to earlier.

  4. I’m kind of surprised that MA has a lower beer tax than VT. Vermont has much more of a beer culture.

    1. Sounds like VT brewers are evading taxes by selling in MA.

      Bust out the jackboots and let the shooting commence.

      1. Cops in Vermont would lose in a firefight.

        1. Which is the exact justification for a Federal Jackboot Department, to ensure equal and fair application of armed tyranny.

  5. Interesting how the tax doesn’t reflect relative retail pricing in the states I’m familiar with.

    Texas has the most expensive beer of any state I frequent. The distributors must be making a killing.

    1. Texas has a number of other regulations that make it difficult to sell beer in the state.

    2. These prices are per gallon, so they aren’t a huge percentage of the total cost.

  6. Interesting geographic distribution, running contrary to many tax trends. Any idea why that clustering?

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