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Old 04-18-2014, 09:20 AM   #21
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I think Sam Adams Brewing falls somewhere between a large domestic brewer and a craft brewery catering to both sides of the beer lover community.
No surprise that there are tax implications to Boston Brewing seeking to be defined as a craft brewer

At the heart of the company’s Washington strategy is an attempt to persuade Congress to expand the size of “small brewers’’ who can qualify for a discounted excise tax on beer sales, seeking to raise the current limit from brewers who produce 2 million barrels a year to those who produce 6 million barrels.

Under current law, brewers producing more than 2 million barrels pay the full $18 tax on every barrel they make. Because Boston Beer sells in the vicinity of 2.7 million barrels a year, it finds itself in the large-brewer category.


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Old 04-18-2014, 09:26 AM   #22
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No surprise that there are tax implications to Boston Brewing seeking to be defined as a craft brewer

At the heart of the company’s Washington strategy is an attempt to persuade Congress to expand the size of “small brewers’’ who can qualify for a discounted excise tax on beer sales, seeking to raise the current limit from brewers who produce 2 million barrels a year to those who produce 6 million barrels.

Under current law, brewers producing more than 2 million barrels pay the full $18 tax on every barrel they make. Because Boston Beer sells in the vicinity of 2.7 million barrels a year, it finds itself in the large-brewer category.


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"Craft brewer" and "small brewer" aren't exactly the same thing though. This just seems like big business attempting to find a loophole to pay less taxes. This is probably why Budweiser has started delving into diversifying it's product towards more craft brew-like beers recently. They will probably then attempt to use the same tactics if a brewer like Sam Adams is successful in this area. It would open up a whole new can of worms for domestic brewers to avoid their fair share of taxes.
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But there certainly are alternatives - the number of craft beers available in grocery stores is stunning. Sweetwater is an Atlanta brewery that is starting to show up elsewhere in the South. I have developed a taste for their 420 and IPA brews.
Yeah, it seems like grocery stores are stepping up their game with the popularity of craft brews. We just had a huge Kroger Marketplace open up (think upscale super Walmart) and they have a monster beer selection. It's basically two full length supermarket aisles. They even have a local brew section of just VA beers. I just need to get the time to do some real browsing and see what's out there.
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i wonder if sam adams is putting petes wicked out of business. i havent seen petes in quite a while. i used to really like their strawberry blonde, and their summer ale was some of the best, especially after out golfing or doing yardwork in the sun. crisp, lemony, w/ plenty of carbonation.

if you get the chance look for growlers of bruce dickensons new "Trooper" british lager. the bottle is awesome with eddie on the trooper album carrying the british flag as the label. the beer is good too.

i had to pick up a 6 pack of lagunitas IPA yesterday. forgot to mention everyone of their IPA's ive seen have been 6-9% alcohol (i think their MAXIMUS IPA is 8.2%- just about equivalent of 2 domestic beers).
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Midwesterners love their drinking. There's a few liquor stores within 30 minutes that have pretty amazing selections.

Craft beer seems to be something that more and more people are willing to spend more money for a higher quality product. And unlike buying from the Big Three, the money stays in the US.
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@Buddha Bus, Chocolate beers are amazing. I didn't discover them until roughly last year (Fish Tail) and immediately fell in love. Oatmeals are solid, too, but when a Chocolate is done right... *whistle*

@JonM229, @steelax04, craft brewing may be up as a residue of increased social media, as well. Think of other forms of 'entertainment', be it movies, TV, radio, etc. For years it was the 'big three' basic cable/radio networks or nothing. Now that technology has become widespread cable and the internet is taking a large chunk of their audiences.

The same thing may be happening with food/drinks. Coke/Pepsi/Bud/Coors/Miller was the staple across America, but now that technology exists to mass market micros and/or distribute them sales should increase. Word of mouth travels faster to help that.

I for one welcome our new micro overlords.
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I do small batch home brewing, good not great. I buy from an assortment of import and craft beers for holidays and stuff. But mostly I just drink "crappy American beer". I don't get it when people say they can't taste the beer. I always taste the beer. I do have preferences, but definitely not a beer snob. In fact, here's cracking open a Miller Lite now. Cheers!
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forgot to mention everyone of their IPA's ive seen have been 6-9% alcohol (i think their MAXIMUS IPA is 8.2%- just about equivalent of 2 domestic beers).
High ABV seems to be the new brewing arms race. Sweetwater comes out with seasonal brews that pack a punch

Happy Ending is an Imperial Stout with 9% ABV and Festive Ale is 8.5% ABV. In addition to six packs both come in 22 oz bottles.
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High ABV seems to be the new brewing arms race. Sweetwater comes out with seasonal brews that pack a punch

Happy Ending is an Imperial Stout with 9% ABV and Festive Ale is 8.5% ABV. In addition to six packs both come in 22 oz bottles.
One of my favorites, Bell's Expedition Stout (a Russian Imperial) is 10.5% I've also had Samiclaus Doppelbock which topped out at 14.5%
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I don't get it when people say they can't taste the beer. I always taste the beer.
I don't get that either. Even when I'm doing something where I could just down a Miller Lite (like mowing the lawn, working outside, etc), I'd much rather go for a summer ale, summer shandy, etc. If Miller Lite is all that's around, well... we all have to make sacrifices sometimes, but I always prefer flavor, no matter the situation.
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