April 11, 2014 by Prost Brewing
Spanning at least all the way back to the 1980’s, Germany has been fighting any and all efforts by the EU to boost the cost of beer through an additional beer tax. Not wanting to add any financial burdens to the common German beer drinker, the German government has downright refused such laws. A spokesman for the Finance Minister Hans Eichel states without a flinch of hesitation, “There will be no increase in beer tax with us.”
As the crowd of devoted German beer drinkers standing foaming at the mouth hear such news, they rush back to their pubs to appease their foaming mouths with a mouthful of pleasure ridden beer foam. For the love of their beer, the Germans have kept their low tax on beer. This helps to take the sting off of their high income taxes, often ranging from a whopping 36% of the gross domestic product on up to 50% for some with an average income! This, of course, is dramatically higher than the income taxes we pay here in America.
Here in America, we have never liked to be taxed. After all, who can forget the famous words etched forever into American history, “No taxation without representation,” the slogan that expressed the grievance of the British colonists who would go on to wage an American Revolution.
So as you write out your check this year to Uncle Sam, be thankful that Uncle Sam has at least spared you enough for a beer (or two!) to ease the pain of this year’s final payout. And, if you are lucky enough to have received a refund from Uncle Sam, well — don’t forget about your friends who will be joining you for a drink at Prost!
Now for a “Prost!” to Uncle Sam, he’s the man, who can make you keep drinking beer, as long as there’s a tax man!
See you soon!