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A new website just launched aimed at educating the consumer about Tennessee’s beer tax. FixTheBeerTax.com says it’s about “The Tax That Ales Tennessee.”

Tennessee’s beer tax law was enacted in the 1950s, and it taxes beer based on price rather than volume, one of only two states that continues to do so. Kentucky is the other state, but its rate is far lower.

For the past decade, beer sales in Tennessee have declined by 5 percent, but the beer tax has risen by more than 30 percent. This places an unfair burden on more expensive brews, which tend to be crafts or imports, and it serves to limit the selection.

The site has a great deal of information, including a case study and a link to e-mail your legislator. If you’re interested in beer, check it out.

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