Beer Tax Facts

1. Egypt was likely the first civilization to tax beer, aimed at discouraging drunkenness.  It is also believed that these funds were used to supplement the war with Rome.

2. Beer is the most popular boozy beverage in the US. 42% of Americans say that beer is their beverage of choice, a slight gain over last year.  In 2017, the federal government collected $3.6 billion in excise taxes on beer.

3. In 1695, gin became the cheapest alcoholic beverage in England, due to a raised tax rate on beer. Beer was taxed at a rate approximately 30x more per gallon than gin.

4. In the United States, taxes and distribution make up approximately 41% of the retail price of beer.

5. In of 1516 German law originally limited the ingredients that can be used brew (barley malt, hops, yeast and water).

6. To finance the Civil War, Congress imposed an excise tax on beer. The Revenue Act of 1862 included a tax on all fermented liquors, beer, lager beer, ale, and porter.

7. According to the Beer Institute, the beer industry pays nearly $63 billion in in taxes per year.

8. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed a bill on luxury items. That same bill nearly doubled the tax on beer. That tax change remains today.