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.
Outlander Brewing –
Just a quick note. From what I’ve read, which was roughly two weeks ago, was that the tax would only hit 60,000 plus barrels per year breweries. And as far as I know, this would only include Redhook. Thus said it is one of the most greedy, exploitative taxes put into discussion. Not only are they considering not removing an expired tax, but they are extending and tripling (once again, not sure if this has changed) the amount of the tax. It’s exploitation of a growing industry that will ultimately cripple it’s growth. Allowing something like this to pass just because it may not hurt you as a smaller brewery or business, only allows the government access to put forth taxes that will. Nip it in the bud.
Brewer at Outlander Brewing