Yesterday, the French National Assembly voted in favour of increasing excise on beer sold in the country. Below, courtesy of The Brewers of Europe, we list the rates of tax increases that will go before the country's Senate next week.

  • For all beers with an abv equal to, or less than, 2.8%, regardless of size of brewery: From EUR1.38 per degree of alcohol to EUR3.60 – a rise of 160%

Then;

  • For breweries with annual production up to 10,000 hectolitres: From EUR1.38 per % of abv per hectolitre to EUR3.60 – a 160% increase
  • For breweries with annual production between 10,000 hectolitres and 50,000 hectolitres: From EUR1.64 per % of abv per hectolitre to EUR3.60 – a 120% increase
  • For breweries with annual production between 50,000 hectolitres and 200,000 hectolitres: From EUR2.07 per % of abv per hectolitre to EUR3.60 – a 75% increase
  • For breweries with annual production over 200,000 hectolitres: From EUR2.75 per % of abv per hectolitre to EUR7.20 – a 160% increase

Therefore: a 4.8% abv beer from a brewery producing over 200,000 hectolitres a year: 4.8 x 7.2 = EUR35 per hectolitre (compared with EUR13.20).