Thanks to new alcohol tax, expect a 25-cent bump on beer Friday
When the first tax hike on alcohol in a generation takes effect Friday, expect some bars to bump the price of beer by at least 25 cents, not the three cents that the lawmakers asked for.
That's what Annie Linskey reports in today's paper.
"Bar owners, who typically include the sales tax as part of a beverage's advertised price, don't like dealing in pennies, nickels or dimes. Prices, particularly at the local joints, are set in 25-cent increments.
"If you are tending bar, and it is a Saturday night, you can't make change," explained Andrew Burke, the owner of John Steven Ltd., a bar in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood. "The guy at the bar isn't going to count out 86 cents while three more people are waiting for a drink."
For some bars, like Slainte in Fells Point, it'll be the first time in three years they'll touch prices, and employees aren't happy.
But some drinkers say a 25-cent surcharge is too small to notice. Thoughts?