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I got the email below yesterday from the folks at "All About Beer" magazine - those that host the yearly Beer Festival in Raleigh and Durham.  I don't know about you - but I don't want to my favorite small micro-breweries knocked out of business due to unfair taxation.  We're already paying enough taxes on beer and wine.

If you are a citizen of North Carolina, I would ask that you take a minute to do the two quick things suggested in the email.  Thanks!

Stop Unfair Beer Taxation In North Carolina

The cost of your favorite beer will jump significantly if a proposed beer tax is instituted. Our passion and our brewery friends are being unfairly singled out by the governor and you can stop it with just a little bit of effort.

Governor Perdue is planning to impose a greater 'sin tax' on beer and wine.  (She initially pushed to almost double the level of excise tax.)  Please go on line and e-mail the governor and your legislators to tell them that a beer and wine tax increase is a bad idea.

Beer and wine lovers are not "sinners," nor we did not cause the recession, and we should not be singled out as a solution.
Many of the 100 North Carolina micro breweries and wineries could be put out of business with a tax increase.
North Carolina has 6th highest beer tax in the country and the 16th highest on wine.
North Carolina beer and wine taxes currently contributes close to $3 billion.
North Carolina already generates more beverage tax than more populous New York state!

I'm asking you to do two things. 

First, please go to and the 'Contact Us' link, where you will find a space to enter a comment, like "Don't threaten our fledgling brewing industry with a tax increase.  We're already paying more than our fair share."  You can also go to   Enter your zip code to find your legislators and send them an e-mail.  This is a zip plus four.  If you don't know yours, use the county feature to get your representatives' addresses.

Second, please go to  Fill this in and it will be printed and collated with other forms and hand delivered the the appropriate elected official.

Doing both of these things will make a huge difference.  Please pass this along to your beer-loving network.  This is urgent. 


Daniel Bradford

Posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:13 AM General | Back to top

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Man why didn't I know about this earlier. I will punch that old woman in the face.
Left by spencer on Jul 18, 2009 3:08 PM

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