Friday’s editorial regarding the state’s increases on alcohol taxes was incorrect in two important regards.

The tax increase on wine is based on gallons produced, not bottles. And the overall tax increase on alcohol is based on a brewer’s or vintner’s overall production, not the amount of product distributed within the state of Maine.

Therefore, the editorial was inaccurate in stating the increase would only affect two brewers: Miller and Anheuser-Busch. They, as all brewers who produce more than 100,000 barrels annually, are subject to the tax.

Coors and Pabst, two brewers mentioned as exempt from the tax, are, in fact, subject.

These mistakes stemmed from the combination of editing miscues and inaccurate information provided to the Sun Journal. We regret the errors.


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