from The Great Debate:

The most expensive ingredient in beer? It’s not hops, it’s taxes.

By Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
February 19, 2015

Goose Island beer taps are seen amongst other craft beers at a bar in New York

Craft beer taps at a bar in New York, January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Whether you like craft beer brewed in small batches or the mass-produced variety, the most costly ingredient that goes into every pint of beer in the United States is taxes. With federal, state and local levies, taxes make up, on average, more than 40 percent of the cost of beer purchased in the United States. In an effort to reduce the excessive tax bite, two competing bills have been proposed this month on Capitol Hill, along with legislation at the state level.

from Breakingviews:

Heady Topper points to beer business peak

November 13, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

The thrill of the fair

September 29, 2014

Munich, Germany

By Michael Dalder

Many of us have been invited to wedding ceremonies and receptions in our time, as guests or even as photographers. One Saturday, at five o’clock in the morning, my colleague Lukas Barth and I prepared our camera gear to photograph a wedding party, with around six million guests.

from Sakari Suoninen:

Beer washes out German inflation angst

September 17, 2013


Germans, many say, have inflation angst in their DNA. But there is one exception to that. Beer.

from Breakingviews:

Frackers ignore German beer angst at their peril

May 24, 2013

By Kevin Allison and Olaf Storbeck

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Entrepreneurial:

Jim Koch on owning your own business

By John Peabody
December 6, 2012

In the latest episode of Impact Players, Robert Wolf interviews Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company, the brewer of Sam Adams beer. The two discuss entrepreneurship, the happiness that comes from owning your own business, and of course... beer.

from Tales from the Trail:

For Portman, it all comes down to beer

June 26, 2012

Rob Portman is upset about the tax laws that make a real American beer hard to find.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You only shot pictures of WHAT?

September 24, 2011


Blog Guy, how's Oktoberfest shaping up this year, if you take my meaning? You know, those Bavarian women tend to wear some pretty risqué outfits over there, huh?

from Breakingviews:

Foster’s gets full measure from SABMiller

September 21, 2011

By Quentin Webb
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

Covering the world’s biggest beer fest

September 20, 2011

By Michael Dalder and Kai Pfaffenbach

It's 5am when my alarm clock rings and to be honest, my thoughts are more about coffee than beer.