Local brewers celebrate loosened restrictions
June 24, 2013, 9:00 pm by Emily Zendt
Craft breweries in Texas are celebrating what they consider a legislative victory with the passage of five Senate bills that make it easier for them to sell their beer to consumers.
The new legislation allows craft breweries to sell their beer on-site and distribute it in stores.
"This is a good thing. It allows us some flexibility for us as we grow,” said Double Horn Brewing Company of Marble Falls brewer Eric Casey. "Lawmakers realized that (craft breweries) didn’t have a fair shake in the market.”
Previously, craft breweries were only allowed to sell their beer directly to consumers who visited the brewery and relied more on distribution companies. Senate Bill 515, 516, 517, 518 and 639 loosened those restraints and now allows breweries to serve beer on site.
"It’ll help beer tourism in the state of Texas, we don’t quite have that here the way other states do,” said Casey.
For more on this story see Tuesday's Highlander.
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