Go ahead. Crack a cold one. The weather’s been sweltering. Chicken and ribs — and skewered vegetables — are sizzling on the grill. And if you need something to toast, beyond the end of the lockdown, how about this — New Jersey’s state excise tax is only 12 cents a gallon. That puts the Garden State in the 47th slot among all 50 states and D.C., ranked highest to lowest.
That pilsner or lager you’re sipping might not taste as good in Tennessee, which has the country’s highest beer-excise tax — $1.29 cents according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. In Nevada, where it’s easy to work up a thirst, the state beer tax is 16 cents per gallon.
So celebrate with a can, glass or mug of something cold. Just remember, drink responsibly.