Saturday, December 09, 2006

Texas microbrewers want to sell direct to consumers

From News 8 Austin:

The Friends of Texas Microbreweries launched a campaign Thursday to change the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and allow small Texas breweries to sell directly to patrons. They're shopping the Texas Legislature to find someone to introduce a bill for them.

Microbrewers want the chance to sell a drink or a six-pack directly to customers, not just wholesalers. When people take a tour of a Texas brewery, they can't buy any beer to take home.

Read the rest of the story here.

(This is a great idea. Write to your state representative and senator to support such legislation. If you're not sure who represents you, follow this link look them up.)


Pieralex said...

Well, what about me ? All I can get where I live ( Quebec City, Canada )is Lone Star !
It's fine but I'm sure there are some Texas beers bitter, pardon me, better than that ..

Lee said...

Yes, there are a LOT of Texas beers better than Lone Star! You might see if you can find something from Houston's Saint Arnold brewery up there. Or maybe Rio Blanco. There's some good stuff here, but unfortunately, in terms of distribution, I don't think they've taken off like the microbrewers in California and the Pacific Northwest have.

Evan said...

Any chance you'll cover us in the Chronicle? ;)

Lee said...

Evan: Yes, I plan to. Has the bill been filed yet? Can you send me the number?

Evan said...

It hasn't yet.

We're still looking for someone passionate to carry and fight for it. We anticipate that it will happen soon though.

The one area of the state that hasn't written much -- newspapers or blogs -- about the Friends of Texas Microbreweries is Austin.

Tim Lebsack said...

I have forwarded your blog posting to the proper authorities. The Libertarian Party of Texas is on your side.

Don't forget to celebrate this December 5th, the 75th Anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment.