Looks like beer laws are a’changin’ in Texas, which is always a good thing.
While there will still be those beer laws that don’t make sense (like it being illegal for breweries to sell beer from their brewery for off-site consumption), this new set of laws getting passed is a step in the right direction.
Shout out to Open the Taps for helping to make these changes to the old school brew laws.
Here are a few highlights. See Open the Taps for the full rundown.
Committee Substitute to Senate Bill (CSSB) 515 raises a brewpub’s annual production limit to 10,000 barrels and allows for a limited self-distribution permit…
CSSB 516 and CSSB 517 are substantially similar but 516 addresses ale…Both bills raise the cap for craft brewers to 125,000 barrels per year and they both create a new self-distribution permit for craft brewers up to a total of 40,000 barrels…
CSSB 518 allows for craft brewers whose annual production does not exceed 225,000 barrel of beer and ale per year to sell beer and ale directly to consumers for on-premise responsible consumption up to 5000 barrels per year…
Granted, these babies aren’t completely in the clear yet. Good ol’ Rick Perry still has the option to veto them.
Don’t make anyone else hate you, Rick. Sign those bills!
photo by: JD Hancock