Trade penalties will increase domestic beer prices, shrink sales; Retaliatory tariffs target American distilled spirits.

Washington, D.C.—Today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) highlights the consequences that the ensuing trade war will have on the American alcohol industry. More specifically, beer producers are directly harmed by the 10 percent aluminum tariff and American distillers are victims of retaliatory tariffs imposed by foreign governments.

Read an op-ed from today’s Washington Examiner about the impact of retaliatory tariffs on American distilled spirits here.

Read an op-ed from RealClear Policy about the impact of aluminum tariffs on American brewed beer here.

Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, released the following statement:

American alcohol producers, along with the restaurants and bars that sell it and the consumers that buy it, will inevitably be the victims of the coming trade war. Aluminum price increases are set to drive up production costs for domestic brewers by nearly $350 million annually and 46 percent of all distilled spirits exports are already facing or at risk of being targeted by foreign trade penalties. The consequences will undoubtedly be far-reaching and severe if current trends continue. The U.S. and foreign leaders need to return to the table and sort out this international quandary before it devolves into a full-scale trade war.

In Depth on the Issue


Tariffs are no more than another tax on American businesses and consumers. While the financial burden is first applied to the business that imports the product, it quickly trickles down the supply chain—increasing productions costs, shrinking sales for domestic businesses, and ultimately increasing prices at the cash register. The current…
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