Tailgaters Beware…Prices Of Beer Going Up?


Surfing the web for something to write about this morning and I cam across an article from a website called “Digital City”.  Now, normally I don’t put much stock into some websites, but an article by the article written by Sean Madden caught my attention.  Are the prices of beer really going up?

It makes sense on the surface.  The United States already taxes the hell out of cigarrettes, beer, wine, and just about everything else so raising the taxes on alcohol really makes sense.  Especially when you figure in the money dolled out to save GM…snicker…and of course bail out the credit card companies that just tried to raise my interest rates.  Oh wait, I don’t like talking about politics…let me step down off this soapbox.

Where was I?  Ah yes, beer prices.  It has become a staple for sports enthusiasts.  Beer and liquor at tailgate parties, beer and liquor at home parties, beer and liquor at bars.  Not just on NFL Sundays but NBA finals, MLB games, college football games, NASCAR, Hockey…oh who the hell am I kidding…wherever there is a get together you can normally find beer.

According to the article, the Government is looking to find a way to increase their funding to pay for healthcare in the States, specifically those that can’t afford healthcare…like say illegal immigrants and such.  Damn soap box…climb back down.

“Take off” across the border into Canada and you will find that health care in the Great White North doesn’t cost the citizens a dime…from their checks.  However, gas prices are a lot more expensive and already smokers and beer drinkers are paying huge amounts to get their party supplies.  So it’s not likely that you will find much sympathy from them…and rightly so.  40 dollars for a case of beer?  Think about that before you “wine” about it.

Madden says that the increases could be slated like this:  “Congress wants to increase tax on beer by 145 percent. This means you might be spending an extra $3 for a case. It doesn’t stop there, with a 20 percent increase in hard liquor sales. Maybe the hardest hit is the wine drinkers. Wine sales would increase by 233 percent. Get ready to shell out an extra $7 for a case of wine.”

He cites an article that was updated on the Stock report website “Morningstar”.  Congress wants to fix the health care industry and reform the way it operates…and we all know that the Government is very good at “fixing” things.

Don’t worry though if you feel left out because you don’t drink beer, wine, or any other alcohol.  The Feds don’t want to leave you out of their golden plan.  The “Health Bill” also will affect the sales of soda or pop depending on your regional dialect.  So your really bad Pepsi habit will take a hit as well.

You know, if this truly is going to be a “Health Bill” then maybe they should tax the hell out of say…Oreo cookies and Krispee Kream donuts too.  Maybe they should tax the hell out of anything that contributes to the obesity that plagues this country.  That’s a health risk as well and sometimes it’s more of an expense.  High-blood pressure, diabetes, liver and kidny problems, mental stress.  It’s all the same.  The only difference is that you don’t read about an obese person killing another driver on the freeway after a game because they were eating an egg-roll.

If this does indeed pass, and it likely will, the parking lot tailgaters will have spent more on their beer cases, liquors, and wine every Sunday.  Inside the stadium, the prices will start to rise as well.  Consider that patrons already pay around 6-8 dollars for a beer at a sporting event and I have heard it to be higher and some functions.  When the vendors begin being taxed more that money will have to be made up from somewhere…yep…you.

The Miami Dolphins announced a few ago that the stadium will now be called “Landshark Stadium” for the duration of the 2009/2010 season.  With these new tax proposals, it makes you wonder if anyone will be able to afford the hike in beer sales at the facility.  20 bucks for parking, 100 bucks or more for tickets, the increasing prices in gasoline…again!, 5 dollar hotdogs, 6 dollar programs, yep, another pinch is coming.

Wow…the off-season really is slow these days!

Tags: Alcohol Tax Health Bill Landshark Stadium Miami Dolphins Obesity Pepsi US Congress

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah i hear ya, but just remember one thing before you start to take it out on “us guys” meaning the poor bastards that are mearly the suppliers. i am a sales rep for a national snack food company. my best buddy is a rep for the #1 beer company in the world, and a personal salesman for your own shark water. we take it in the ass all the time from pissed off people that are mad about the skyrocketing costs. hey, just remember one thing. we ain’t gettin rich off it either. they ain’t payin us anymore to sell it, deliver it, or put it on the shelves. we have to pay more for it too. they just take more out of our weekly wages as well, (first) and then we still have to pay more just like you guys. so hey, we get it twice. try to tell that to someone and hope they understand.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i am just like you guys. the beer companies support and sponser your team and own the rights to the stadium. the company i work for is in dallas texas. they are one of the BIG proud sponsers of my own dallas cowboys. they have a 40′ sign in one of the endzones. they helped pay for one of the retracting endzone features in our 1.15 billion $ stadium so they could put up an 80′ sign up in the new stadium. ???where do you think that money is coming from.??? they’ll take some from my wages FIRST and then tax the shit out of anyone that even thinks of eating one of it’s snacks, then give it to the government. all for the price of admission and “profit”. but hey i did’nt mention any names here, so i’m safe from a lawsuit.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Dave:  By no means do I mean to insinuate that I blame the distributors.  If the Gov taxes the distributors they need to make up for that.  Not their fault.  I am sure that brewing co’s would much rather see beer selling for 5 bucks a case than 30…:)

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    NO OFFENSE takin……us distributors always get the raw end because everyone thinks it’s us first. it’s all a knee jerk reaction. a domino effect that the government legeslates first. the actual cost of our products is nothing to produce, package, and distribute……..it’s the open handedness of everyone trying to make a fast buck on a large situation that people need. supply will always be there, it’s just the demand has caused it to come out this way. to bad hate to see my buds pay more for things we need and enjoy. the american way has taken another hit on us loyal american workers and football fans…….high five, and tip a landshark to ya brian miller, great job as always

  • Southbeach

    GODDAMNIT!!!  If people can’t afford beer, how the hell are they gonna forget about the money they don’t have for mtg payments, and bills? 

    TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION FROM BEER DRINKERS IS TYRANY!!!   Or at least Un American.  :)

    While I’m up on my soap box, my cigarettes are up to $6 a pack.  It’s almost to the point where buying grass is cheaper.  But, then again if they nail people on munchies,  they got ya coming and going.  LOL

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  • Dan Schneider

    As dean wermer said in animal house I think it’s about time the beer drinkers grab the bull by the bulls with this situation!

  • http://sidelionreport.com kevin ferguson

    It’s an extremely frustrating situation.

    They’ll call it “sin tax”

    Since when is going to a football game with your dad or your girl or your best friend or your brother or your mom and have a brew a ****ing sin?!?!?! 

    Midnight Oil put it best: 
    The Rich Get Richer. The Poor Get The Picture. 

  • Southbeach

    Bless me Father for I have sinned. I had 4 beers at the football game.

    My son, Jesus, although not a football fan, turned water into wine. IF footbal was played back then, it would have been beer.

    Your pennance is next game you have one for me and Him. :)

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