This week I am sure you are aware of the current battle with the State of Washington and the possible raising and extending the beer tax.  Making for one of the more progressive and highest beer taxes in the country.  So I asked the brewers/breweries the following question and below are there answers.  I got an overwhelming response.  I am posting every reply I received.

The question – The Governors proposed plan is to Extend and Raise the Beer Tax here in WA State.  Was hoping you could tell me how you feel this proposal would affect your brewery.  

Harmon Brewing Co

Harmon Brewing – 
It’s a bit of an outrage and is just plain unfair. Increasing taxes by 4X will make it impossible to operate a small brewery successfully  We, as an industry have seen our cost of goods (hops) quadruple in price in the last few years…not to mention rising labor costs, increased competition and other state and local taxes that prohibit small businesses growth. We now employ over 140 people in our 3 Harmon/Hub locations – we are the type of company that is important for the success of our local economies and strength of our communities. It’s an outrage; and our Governor and lawmakers should realize that this is a very serious mistake to go this route.

Also, what happened to all of the money for schools that was to come from the State Lottery?????

Pat Nagle
Harmon Brewing Co