Increased alcohol and beer taxes are being proposed at the Federal level and in many states. Even in such beer friendly climes as Wisconsin:
Brewers large and small joined together Monday to object to a proposed quintupling of Wisconsin's beer tax, the first increase in 40 years.
MillerCoors joined with smaller craft brewers, the Wisconsin Grocers Association, the Tavern League and others to argue that raising the tax in a recession was a bad move that would hurt the industry.
"You don't raise a tax just because it hasn't been raised in a while," said Rob Swearingen, president of the Tavern League.
Simple words of wisdom from a beer man. Great Wisconsin name too. Seems like the kind of guy you'd like to sit down in a tavern with and have a few.