All brewers in Alberta, some who were taxed as little as $0.10/L, are now being taxed $1.25/L.
It used to be that, depending on where your brewery was located, and how much it was producing, you would be taxed accordingly, with smaller breweries being taxed less than the big players.
Unfortunately, this has all changed last week. Now, no matter where your brewery is located, and no matter how little you produce, you will be taxed the same amount as what larger breweries have been getting taxed; $1.25 per litre.
Before this change was approved, there were local breweries being charged as little as $0.10 litre, so this jump in tax will affect those breweries to great extent.
Because of this, you can expect your beer prices to jump rather extensively at the beer stores. However with that said, the well-known brand names being brewed in massive breweries will probably remain at relatively the same price, whereas the locally housed breweries producing lesser-known beers, will rise.
This tax is made to all brewers selling their beer in Alberta, whether they produce their beers here right at home, or internationally.
There are roughly 40 brewers located in the province of Alberta, all of which are smaller in size and production level.
Thankfully, a grant program to help these brewers started up last week to help with the added costs. The grant goes by the name Alberta Small Brewers Development Program, and money will be awarded based on sales volumes of Alberta-made beer sold in the province.
If you’ve noticed the price of beer at our local beers stores rise, please let us know in the comments by how much — hopefully not too much.