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Beer tax could mean more at the pub

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- These so-called sin taxes will hit candy, cigarettes and pop; but the highest tax will be on name brand beer.

The tax is only fifty cents per gallon, but that's before distribution; leaving the liquor industry fearing the struggle to keep margins will mean you end up paying more at the bar. Local bar owners told KNDU today they might have to pay an extra five to ten dollars for every keg, meaning you could pay an extra fifty cents each time you order a pint.

Now the tax doesn't hit micro brews, but a six pack will cost an extra thirty cents.

There's a two-cent tax for every twelve ounce can of soda and an extra dollar per pack of cigarettes. All of these taxes are expected to bring in an estimated one hundred and fifty million dollars in extra revenue through 2013.

The taxes will start in June.