Honoring Our Friends & Unveiling Freetail2

I’m extremely please to announce and invite you all to an event this Saturday, September 7, as we formally unveil the site of our new facility and honor Representative Mike Villarreal and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, who were both instrumental leaders in finally changing those Texas beer laws. Here are the details of the … Continued

We Did It! Beer bills on their way to the Governor

This will be fairly brief since there isn’t a lot to say that hasn’t been said already. OUR BEER BILLS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE GOVERNOR! We aren’t expecting any issues with the Governor, as we have been in close contact with his office throughout the process. Just a few thank yous. First, to … Continued

Hey, what about those TX Craft Beer Bills?!?!

Figured it was time for an update here, since emails and tweets are starting to trickle in asking about the Texas Craft Beer Bills. After all, seemingly nothing has happened since they were voted out of Licensing & Administrative Procedures and sent to the House Calendars Committee on April 23. Well, I’m here to reassure everyone that … Continued

On Deals and Disagreements: Beer Bills Move Forward

As has been widely reported, a deal was struck late Monday afternoon between The Texas Craft Brewers Guild, distributor groups, large brewers, and Open The Taps. The final deal includes the following bills, and here is the final version of what they do (items in earlier versions of the bills but not listed below are … Continued

Media Round-up on Beer Bills in Texas Legislature

Just a quick media round-up. I’ll likely be back with a first-person perspective of the Senate Hearing (set for Tuesday) on Wednesday, along with a round-up of media coverage. Until then… The Rivard Report has a story on all things shaking at the Capitol in regards to Craft Beer. A Beaumont Enterprise story on the … Continued

Craft Beer Bills Filed in House

Licensing and Administrative Proceedures Chairman Wayne Smith has filled companion bills to Senator Eltife’s SB515-18. The House Bill numbers are HB1763-66. Also, Senators Deuell and Hancock have joined the Senate Bill as Co-Authors. Stay tuned for more.

Press Round-Up for Feb 11-15

Just a quick round up of Press Reports on Craft Beer Legislation for the week. Ronnie Crocker broke the news of the beer bills on his Beer, TX Blog with this post. A more extensive story on the legislation ran the next day in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. (They are the same … Continued

2013 TX Craft Beer Bills Introduced

Today, Senator Kevin Eltife (R-District 1) introduced bi-partisan legislation along with Co-Authors, Senators Brian Birdwell (R-District 22), John Carona (R-District 16), Eddie Lucio (D-District 27), Leticia Van de Putte (D-District 26), Kirk Watson (D-District 14), and John Whitmire (D-District 15) to modernize the state’s alcohol regulatory system to make more competitive Texas’s small, craft brewers. Senate Bills … Continued

Buckle Up.

  Great news everyone! Craft beer laws have passed! You can now purchase Freetail Brewing Co. beer at your favorite bar or restaurant! Let’s talk about this Saturday at Saint Arnold over some pints! Just kidding (unfortunately). No Craft Beer bills have been filed yet, but you may recall what I posted here exactly one-month … Continued

Alcohol Work Groups a Model of Transparency and Good Government

A lot gets said, written and flat out complained about regarding the transparency of Government, be it on the local, state or federal levels. We all know I’ve been guilty of it myself. With that said, I thought I’d share my experience in working on beer issues at the Legislature in the interim both as … Continued