Heard on the Hill: Brewing a Better Economy?

Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:03pm

HOH has long been convinced that beer is the solution to many of life’s problems, and now it appears that Sen. Scott Brown has come around to our way of drinking, er, thinking.

The Massachusetts Republican on Friday announced — to sudsy cheers, no doubt — that he’s signed on to co-sponsor legislation aimed at improving the economy by boosting our favorite beverage. He made the announcement to a receptive audience: Brown was speaking at a meeting of the Beer Institute in Boston — a gathering that sounds pretty fun, as far as wonky Senatorial speaking engagements go.

Beer, it seems, is subject to an excise tax imposed in 1991 on a variety of goods. The tax was repealed for the other products, but it remains on brew, a move that Brown says has cost 60,000 jobs.

And while he championed reducing the tax, Brown, of course, had to give props to his home-state brewmasters. “Bay State brewers led the way in the brewing revolution, and we need to make sure that we provide a favorable business environment so they can continue growing, creating jobs and, last but not least, producing quality beer,” he said in a press release.

HOH remains firmly neutral on tax policy matters, but we’ll raise our pint glass to the goal of more, better (and cheaper) beer.