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North Dakota Loves Beer, Even if Its Beer Tax is Higher than Most States

Andrey Moisseyev
Andrey Moisseyev

It is the Eve of National Beer Lover’s Day (Thursday, September 7). Let’s all celebrate by taking a look at how much the tax on beer is in North Dakota.

This isn’t a popular statistic, nor is it something many people, if any ever think about when purchasing beer. However, every state in the U.S. imposes a tax on beer above the typical sales tax. According to our fun-loving friends at Thrillist, the tax placed on beer in North Dakota is the 17th highest in the nation at $0.39.

That being said, that statistic is based on beer in a 12 ounce bottle at 4.7% ABV. North Dakota is also one of 15 states that different rates may apply to different alcohol contents, place of production, or size of container.

The $0.39 tax is really nothing in comparison with the highest tax for beer in the U.S., which is imposted by the state of Tennessee at $1.29. Wyoming has the least amount of state tax placed on beer at $.02.

With no correlation to the tax, back in June, Thrillist also took upon themselves to figure out what a case of beer cost in each state. North Dakota pays the 4th most in the U.S. for the average case of beer at $21.38 per case. Pennsylvania pays the most at $21.98 and Michigan pays the least at $14.62.

What do these statistics mean to all of us beer lovers in North Dakota? Honestly, not a whole lot. According to 24/7 Wall St., North Dakota drinks the 4th most amount of beer in the country per capita.

So, celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day accordingly, but please be safe and drink responsibly.

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