CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 17 Made in America: Part II - Page 28

W W W. C R A F T BY U M H . C O M J E R R Y G N A G Y THE ONE WHERE JERRY’D RATHER WRITE ABOUT K ARAOKE , BUT TARIFF S HAPPENED CRAFT recently asked me to take a departure from my normal ramblings here to talk about something a little more serious to the brewing industry. I had a whole essay ready, explaining the three rules to a successful Karaoke performance, but too bad, it’s going to have to wait. I was asked to share my thoughts on the new tariffs imposed on imported aluminum and steel. I, of course, jumped at the chance to tell you all about what I knew about the new tariffs and their impact on the brewing industry. But I realized how stupid I would look, spouting off about something I haven’t given much thought to. I would probably look as stupid as you and your drunk friend butchering Bohemian Rhapsody and giggling at each other at T. Eddies Karaoke bar. But, hey, I’ll give it a shot. So, let’s dive in here and see what these new tariffs are all about. It was reported that the President agreed with the commerce department that imports of steel and aluminum impair national security. Therefore, the President ordered a 25 percent tariff on steel articles and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum articles. The new tariffs are imposed mainly on imports from China, with exemptions for a handful of countries. Based on preliminary research by the Brewers Association, finished stainless steel vessels and kegs would not be subject to any addition- al duties, but the focus would be mainly on upstream products such as stain- less-steel ingot, flat-rolled steel, etc. As for the increased prices on aluminum, the new duties would be levied on rolled aluminum which is what goes into the manufacturing of beverage containers used in the brewing industry. The ef- fect of these new tariffs for the brewing industry would be to increase prices on steel and aluminum in general and thus increase the costs of new equipment and