A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that binge drinking is costing the U.S. government to the tune of about $75 billion. The data, taken from 2010, points to a $250B excessive drinking cost to the public, 30% of which is being dished out by the Feds as cleanup for our citizens' propensity for drinking to get drunk.
Despite the severe economic recession in the U.S. from late 2007 to mid-2009, the cost of excessive drinking increased about 2.7% annually from $223.5 billion in 2006 to $249.0 billion in 2010, significantly outpacing the 1.9% annual inflation rate during this four-year time period.
The report didn't specifically address the impact of shitty beer on the total tab, but the craft beer community knows what folks are drinking when they're drinking way too much. In case you're not hip to what's being served where getting hammered goes down, just visit a tailgate party, a night club, a crusty dive bar, a frat party, a redneck wedding, a NASCAR event or - still, sadly - an NFL stadium.
The Brewers Association put out a press release this week announcing that the "Beer Tax Reform Bill" now circulating through Congress has taken on its 100th co-sponsor. The bill is called the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 2903) and has bipartisan support. It would effectively reduce the tax burden on almost all brewers operating in the U.S., large and small.
“Right now, tax is the most expensive ingredient in beer,” explained Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, which represents brewers, beer importers and supply industries. “This common-sense legislation is about fostering economic expansion as it benefits brewers and importers – big and small, upstart and established.”
If enacted, McGreevy said the legislation would provide recalibrate the federal excise tax on an industry supports more than 1.75 million U.S. jobs and generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity.
Provisions of the bill include:
Its companion bill in the Senate (S. 1562) introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), already has 22 cosponsors including Senator’s Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) who joined the bill last week.
Oskar Blues Brewery continues its strong push into new territories in 2015 with the launch of Mississippi and Utah in November and December. These two states bring the total number of new markets launched in this calendar year to nine new states plus completion of the full footprint in Illinois. The new markets bring the total US distribution to 46 states and put the brewery well on the way to becoming a nationally distributed craft beer brand.
Oskar Blues will begin shipping cans and draft to Mississippi in early November out of the Brevard brewery and the beer will start hitting accounts the week of November 16. The brewery will lead with Dale's Pale Ale in both 12 oz. and 19.2 oz. can packages as well as draft in all markets across the state. Additional can offerings of the brewery's core brands, Pinner Throwback IPA, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues IPA, and Old Chub Scotch Ale as well as the Canundrum Variety 12-pack, will be immediately available.
Oskar Blues plans to complete its US footprint within in the first half of 2016 with the additions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Montana. Additionally, the brewery will continue to explore additional export markets beyond the current international markets of Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom and Canada and will look to strategically expand in markets that present the right fit and the right opportunities for solid growth.