Being based in New York City, we are saddened and outraged by this news.DNAinfo reports that a Court has ruled to raise taxes on local breweries, and as a result, the beer that we consume as proud New Yorkers could (likely will) shoot up as brewers say they’re unable to take on the additional cost themselves.
The new tax came after the State Liquor Authority was sued by Massachusetts beer distributors Sheldon Brothers. They argued that the tax exemption gave New York State breweries a competitive advantage over those in nearby states….
“I have to raise my price now because I can’t eat the cost,” said Kelly Taylor, who runs Clinton Hill brewery Kelso of Brooklyn. He raised the price of kegs he sells to beer distributors by $4 and estimated his beer will end up costing $1 more per draft for customers.
This change will effect New York City dwellers more than the rest of the state. The new tax will cost brewers 14 cents per gallon of beer they sell in New York state. Brews sold in NYC will have an additional 12 cents per gallon tacked on.
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