Like it or not, taxes are a fact of life (or death, as some would say). They have been imposed on citizens by governments for centuries, and breweries and their beers have long been a favorite tap for government revenue.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer How Taxes Have Changed Our Beer May 1, 2003 - Alan Moen
Full Pints - History March 1, 2003 - Greg Kitsock
It’s the end of the line for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as that agency has existed for the last 30 years. Under the terms of the homeland security bill passed by the US Senate, the ATF’s law enforcement functions—including most of its “bombs and bullets” operations—will be transferred to the US Justice... View Article
Full Pints - History January 1, 2003 - Roger Protz
Anger and disbelief have greeted the news that W. H. Brakspear, one of England’s finest pale ale brewers, is to close by the end of the year. Brakspear, based in an idyllic location by the River Thames in Henley, Oxfordshire, is thought by many to be more concerned with realizing the inflated value of its... View Article
Full Pints - History November 1, 2002 - Greg Kitsock
If you’re a regular reader of this magazine, it probably makes your blood boil whenever some neo-Prohibitionist equates beer with crack cocaine or blames your favorite beverage for all of society’s ills. How do you respond when some anti-alcohol think tank calls for doubling the beer tax or restricting beer advertising?
Full Pints - History September 1, 2002 - Alan Moen
Napoleon is credited with having said, “An army travels on its belly.” Maybe he should have added, “and that belly should be full of beer.” In Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “Gunga Din,” an Indian water carrier is depicted as a lifesaving hero to parched British soldiers in the heat of battle. But as vital as his... View Article
Full Pints - History March 1, 2002 - Roger Protz
In the late 1970s, when I was honing my skills as a fledgling beer writer, I visited Courage’s brewery by the banks of the River Thames in London. It was a historic site, with deep roots in the brewing of porter, stout and pale ale, and it afforded stunning views of Tower Bridge and St.... View Article