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Bills Filed In Texas Legislature To Allow Purchase Of Beer Directly From Breweries

February 19, 2019 - 1:17 pm

By Chris Fox, KRLD Austin Bureau Chief

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Republican State Senator Dawn Buckingham and Democratic State Representative Eddie Rodriguez filed companion bills that would allow for the purchase of up to two cases of beer per day from any Texas brewery.

State Senator Buckingham calls it common sense legislation. “It just didn’t make any sense that you can go to your favorite winery and bring home a bottle of wine. You could go to your favorite distillery and bring home a bottle of whatever distilled spirit that was, but you couldn’t go to your brewery and bring home some beer.”

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez says breweries bring more than $4 and a half billion dollars of economic benefit to Texas. “It’s a growing industry…we want to help small businesses. We believe that this will increase the number breweries in Texas as well as allow breweries in Texas to grow and hire more people and even add more to the Texas economy.”

The legislation also has the support of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and now the Beer Alliance of Texas, which represents the beer distributors. Josh Hare chairs the Craft Brewers Guild. He says the legislation gives their members certainty over the next 12 years. “It makes the market more predictable, which for all of us brewers there’s already enough unpredictability out there with consumer shift in taste…having an agreement between these two groups is just really incredible.”

Rick Donnelly of the Beer Alliance of Texas (distributors) also believes their agreement with the breweries ensures long-term market security. “We need some stability in the beer marketplace and we think this agreement provides for it.”