Beer, wine, cider and spirits are an essential part of Oregon’s economy and identity.
Closures and restrictions due to COVID-19, coupled with unprecedented wildfires, have had a devastating impact on Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, bars and hospitality sector. Oregon’s Economic Forecast states COVID-19 resulted in the loss of more than 50,000 of these good-paying jobs. With business models flipped upside down, it will take years for local businesses to economically recover. The last thing we need are tax increases. Tax increases only make it harder to invest in rehiring, new equipment and expansion, and will result in higher prices for consumers. Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants and bars need the support of our elected officials through certainty and stability in the tax code.