Beer drinkers in America already have it hard enough. Nearly half of the price we pay for a beer is tax, and we have to wait longer than citizens of any other first-world country to be able to drink legally.
I’ve enjoyed the rise of craft beer while it lasted, but new beer regulations are certainly going to put a damper on things. Regulations that will go into effect in 2016 will require restaurants with more than 20 locations to provide calorie counts of all their items. Since breweries ship to restaurants (rather than restaurants producing their own beer), breweries have to provide this information to restaurants.
That doesn’t seem like such a big deal at first – how hard is it to call up your clients and tell them your calorie counts? Well, if you’re a craft brewer, it’s a big deal, because most don’t go through the testing necessary to determine the calorie counts of their beverages (in all fairness, probably because drinkers like myself would rather not know).
The cost of this new regulation is going to be burdensome – between $49,000 and $77,000 for each brewery to comply, according to the Cato Institute. That’s enough money for the average brewery to instead hire an additional 2-3 workers. Multiply that by the 2,768 craft breweries in America, and that’s a significant impact.
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