The White Claw Tax Law Flaw : The Indicator from Planet Money White Claw could be the hottest alcoholic beverage of the summer of 2019. You can thank tax policy for (some of) that.

The White Claw Tax Law Flaw

The White Claw Tax Law Flaw

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The IndiGator sips on an ice-cold White Claw as they ponder the intricacies of tax policy. Emily Lang hide caption

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Emily Lang

The IndiGator sips on an ice-cold White Claw as they ponder the intricacies of tax policy.

Emily Lang

If you've been to a summer party this year, you've more than likely seen someone drinking a can of White Claw. It's an insanely popular drink, a so-called hard seltzer, which means it's a carbonated beverage made mainly with soda water, with some alcohol mixed in.

White Claw has become one of the biggest-selling alcoholic beverages on the market this year. That's partly due to buzz and marketing. But it's also due to tax policy, and the differences in the way different types of alcohols are taxed.

Josh Barro of New York Magazine wrote a piece on this recently, and he joined Cardiff today to talk about the way White Claw benefits from these nances in the tax code.

Music: "Old Town Road"

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