Booze News: Wisconsin Beer Production Down?!

The horror! The horror!

As Wisconsin comes off the biggest beer-drinking holiday of the year, its beer production has fallen off, according to excise tax figures from the state Department of Revenue.

Last year, the state collected $9.3 million in excise taxes from state retailers and wholesalers. That’s down about 3 percent from 2010, and the lowest level in at least five years.

This is terrible. I’m sobbing. But wait!

While production growth seems stalled, the state’s beer drinkers still drink in huge quantities. And the state’s fondness for microbrews continues to grow.

Whew. I was sad and scared for a moment.