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George Smith

A Hoppy Economy

George Smith highlights Maine's great crop of local breweries and their contribution to the state economy in his latest column.

One aspect of the debate over the veto referendum on health care funding that hasn't been paid much attention so far is the fact that the new tax of a few cents per six-pack won't be levied on Maine breweries and wineries, only out-of-state imports.

The price of Geary's, Shipyard, Allagash, Casco Bay, Sea Dog, Gritty McDuff's, and all other beer brewed in Maine won't be going up even a cent due to the health care tax. The global hops shortage, on the other hand, could cause some problems.