Following a public hearing on a proposal that would extend and expand the beer excise tax, brewers and beer fans gathered on the steps of the Legislature to voice their anger.
A number of lawmakers came to speak to the crowd, including Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard. Angel, donning a red raincoat and hat, used a bullhorn to address the sign-wielding crowd.
“I voted against this tax the first time, and I’m sure as heck am not going to support it a second time,” Angel said.
The beer excise tax, which was originally $8.08 per barrel, was increased to …