As a small business owner, every dollar counts, and when you're a small brewer every dime counts — especially when that dime represents a tax increase.
Presented as an insignificant "dime a drink," the proposed tax is in reality over an 1,100 percent increase (for beer at least) and will mean price increases for consumers of at least $3 per case. This is an enormous tax increase, and I cannot think of any other tax where it would conceivable to propose an increase of this magnitude.
Advocates of the proposed alcohol tax increase argue misguidedly that it will cure all social evils by discouraging alcohol abuse, underage drinking and drunk driving. This argument is as naïve and misinformed as the academic "studies" that blamed increased highway deaths in New Mexico in the 1990s on allowing alcohol to be sold on Sundays without accounting for higher speed limits.