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15 April 2008
Taxes Done While You Drink
Carmine Sodora, a certified public accountant in New Jersey came up with an interesting idea back in 2005.  Sodora spends the 10 weeks leading up to the April 15 tax deadline in the United States in local taverns and pubs.

He takes his tax filing service - Tavern Tax to the local bars on week nights and weekend afternoons.

His clients get to sip their beverages and mingle while Carmine completes their taxes.

Four Sons Brewery in Titusville Pennsylvania to Reopen
The Four Sons Brewery which closed back in January 2007 is planned to reopen.

Keystone Brewing Company bought the defunct microbrewery at a sheriff's sale during 2007.

Matt Allyn (Voodoo Brewing) and his dad Michaell Allyn are behind the venture and will be bringing chef Jeremy Potocki back.

The place is yet to be named (in public) and likely open during summer 2008.

California's Democrat to Tax a Six Pack Another $1.80
California Assemblyman Jim Beall, Jr., Democrat -San Jose has proposed a bill to raise the tax on beer sold in California.  The sin tax could generate another $2 billion per year for California.

Beall went on to say "..."health and law enforcement services that must cope with the havoc -- traffic accidents and fatalities, domestic violence, and illnesses -- that is fueled by the alcohol industry... It’s time for the beer industry to help us with the staggering burden it has helped to create. As responsible corporate citizens, breweries should be willing to pay their fair share of the damage that alcohol wreaks on society’’.

Yet another lifestyle sin tax with lots of interesting facts to "support it":
  • In 2005, alcohol-related traffic crashes claimed 1,574 lives and injured 30,810 in California.
    (probably more crashes and injuries can be attributed to sleepy drivers)
  • In 2004, alcohol played a role in 3,691 deaths statewide.
    (in 2004 65k died from heart disease (preventable), 53k malignant neoplasms (preventable), 10k accidents (preventable), 7k influenza and pneumonia (preventable), 7k diabetes (preventable))
  • Two-thirds of the alcohol-related costs for health care and prevention are borne by government programs.
    (prevention is a cost to be mostly covered by government. health care, we can only wonder what contribution is made as there is no state health care in California except whatever welfare type coverage)
  • The tax could make beer harder for teens to obtain because of higher prices.
    (cost has never been a deterrent for teens. if we raise alcohol to actually be expensive and unlikely to be bought by minors due to costs, we would destroy the alcohol industry).
Very short sighted legislation, especially in this time and state of the economy.

Saint Louis Getting New Wine and Beer Bar
Frank Robbins is hard at work on his new venture: The Wine Press. A combination good wine and good beer bar.

The Wine Press is under construction now in what was the Peace Institute Printing building at 4436 Olive Street - in the famous Gaslight Square - (between - Fountain Park (NW), Turner Park (NE), Forest Park (SW) and Saint Louis University (SE).)

Frank has been blogging about his experience in getting Wine Press going.

Rustico Folks Bringing Large New Beer Bar to Washington, DC
The folks who brought you Rustico in Alexandria, Virginia are at it again.

Currently they are working on a new yet-to-be-named place in Washington, DC.  They are aiming for 50 taps, 500 bottled beers and five casks at all times. Goal is to have the best beer destination on the east coast.

Food wise- wood fired pizzas, small plates. Some fancy meats intended to be shared between two.

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