10 States With the Highest Beer Taxes

Find out where you'll spend the most money on some suds.

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There's nothing like cracking open a cold one at the end of a hot summer’s day. But the dollars and cents you’re drinking away without even realizing it can leave a bitter aftertaste. In addition to paying the federal tax of up to $0.58 per gallon,* consumers face state taxes for beer — typically paid by brewers and distributors before the beer reaches store shelves, but nonetheless impacting the final cost of a cold brew. In fact, 40% of the retail price of beer comes from taxes — the most expensive ingredient, according to the Beer Institute.

Check out our list of the 10 states with the highest beer tax. That way you can budget accordingly the next time you’re visiting one of these areas and planning to bar hop.

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Sabrina Medler
Intern, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Medler is a senior at Stanford University, majoring in Political Science and Communications. An intern finding her way in the professional world, she has quite the hodgepodge of communications experience — from reporting at the St. Louis Business Journal and The Riverfront Times, to working in politics, advertising, and even comedy at the television show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She also writes and edits for various campus publications including The Stanford Daily and Stanford Politics. Medler became a Kiplinger intern through the American Society of Magazine Editors Internship Program.