- Tax on malt and hops, which came with a ban on other ingredients and so killed off some beer styles.
- The Free Mash Tun act which deristricted ingredients but moved tax to the beer Original Gravity, the higher the gravity the higher the tax. The minimum tax was set at 1.030 so you didn't really get beers weaker than this.
- The horrors of WWI, which aside from the mass imperialist slaughter, brought in restrictions on pub hours and beer strength.
- The horrors of WWII, which aside from the mass imperialist slaughter, again had restrictions on beer strength and made the use of oats compulsory for several years.
- Progresive Beer Duty, which has helped microbreweries boom, but has made some regional breweries cut production.
- High Strength Beer Duty, which has wiped out beers from 7.5-8.5% ABV as far as I can seen. The corresponding low strenght beer duty relief for beers at 2.8% ABV has made this the strength of choice for bargain beer brands.
- The awful cultural vandalism that killed off Black beer by removing its tax ememption.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Beer in a bad state
I'm trying to get together a list of how state controls have shaped what we drink in Britain. Of the top of my head there was: