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Pa. brewpubs bracing for state to start collecting sales tax

The Morning Call

ALLENTOWN – For Pennsylvania residents, a glass of craft beer at the local brewpub could soon get a little more expensive.

Beginning in June, the state will start collecting 6 percent sales tax from brewers. That has some worrying that passing the cost on to customers could hurt business.

The tax initially was supposed to be collected starting on Jan. 1, but opposition from brewers helped delay it until June. They are expected to continue to seek changes.

Matt DePrato, of Liquid Hero Brewery, left, and Jared Barnes, of Collusion Tapworks discuss logo designs for pint glasses as The York City Six, which includes: Mudhook Brewing Company, Liquid Hero Brewery, Crystal Ball Brewing Company, Collusion Tapworks, Gift Horse Brewing Company and Old Forge Brewing Company debut their collaborative efforts as they craft a pilsner at Liquid Hero Brewery in York City, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The brew is expected to be matured by the end of the year and will be available at each of the six breweries where one dollar for each glass sold will be donated to the York City Police Department. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Some craft brewers tell The Morning Call they are concerned about competition from bars that are able to sell their beer without the added tax.

The state revenue department tells the newspaper the tax isn’t new, but that it’s merely a clarification of existing liquor laws that require breweries to collect sales tax.

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