The reason beer is going up, but spirits don't in price and taxes.
the price elasticities of demand for beer, wine, and distilled spirits are -0.3, -1.0, and -1.5, respectively (Leung and Phelps 1993). (3) These estimates suggest that beer consumption is relatively insensitive to price changes, whereas demand for wine and distilled spirits is very responsive to price.
So you can put the price of beer up, wear a halo for "doing something about binge drinking" safe in the knowledge that sales won't suffer. But don't touch the price of spirits!