States with Low Beer Taxes Have More Breweries

June 6, 2009

Beervana looks at our map of state beer excise taxes, crunches some numbers, and reaches the following conclusion:

I don’t want to identify the direction of causality here, but it is striking to look at the difference among the categories of taxation and see how many breweries they have per-capita. Within these categories, there’s one brewery for every:

Low tax states: 164,728 people
Med tax states: 198,331 people
High tax states: 366,526 people
National average: 204,906 people

So medium-tax states are have about as many breweries per-capita as the national average. But low-tax states have 2.2 times more breweries per-capita than high-tax states.

Check it out here.

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