Open The Taps: The 4th Tier Has a Voice

If you heard my testimony before the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee back on March 22, 2011 (or if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog), you might recall me talking about how the 3-Tier System is really the 5-Tier System. The beer industry in Texas isn’t just brewer, wholesaler, retailer and it is an … Continued

Day 100: Support HB 2436 / SB 1575

Long time, no write. unfortunately, I have nothing to report on HB 660. I’ll let you figure out the rest there. I do, however, have great news on HB 2436 and its companion bill, SB 1575. If you remember, this is a microbrewery direct sales bill that would allow you to buy pints at places like … Continued

Day 89: The Freedom to Choose

On this day in 1933, the first brews were legally sold following prohibition – a movement that, at its end, saw even its original proponents lobbying to repeal it. As it turned out, Prohibition did more damage than good – creating the niche for highly organized crime and spawning some of the most notorious criminal masterminds in American … Continued

Day 86: Rockin’ for a Cause

Thanks to everyone who came out to Uncle Billy’s Lake Travis yesterday for the HB 660 benefit concert. We had a great time with Slow Train, Mike and the Moonpies and Two Tons of Steel.  I didn’t catch who ended up winning, but someone ended up with a hoodie, shirt, cap and 2008, 2009 and … Continued

Day 79: Just Say There’s a Chance

Today the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee is busy hearing a litany of gambling bills. interestingly, this article came out today with Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Robert Duncan quoted saying gambling bills have no chance. Lt. Governor Dewherst has said he’ll funnel all gambling bills through Duncan’s committee, which pretty much assures they are … Continued

Day 72: Pressure Cooker.

***First, a programming note: I’ll be in San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference until Sunday – so updates may be sporadic until then.*** By now, you all know that yesterday House Bills 602 and 660 were heard before the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. Briefly on HB 602: No one expressed opposition, not even the … Continued

Day 71: We hold this line.

It is extremely rare to find me setting my alarm for 5:30am. It is even more rare to find me waking before a 5:30am alarm in anticipation of the day ahead. It just isn’t the lifestyle I lead. But today I opened my eyes and glanced at the alarm clock to find 5:15. Normally my … Continued

Day 70: Halftime.

Day 70 of the Legislative session. In other words, the end of the first half. Tomorrow, on Day 71, I will join some of my colleagues in testifying before the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures committee on behalf of HB 660 (I’ll post a copy of my testimony either tomorrow or Wednesday). Those of you … Continued

Day 67: Now is the time.

Texas Craft Beer lovers, now is the time to make your voice heard. House Bill’s 660 and 602 have been schedule for Public Hearing in the Licensing and Administrative Procedures committee at 8:05 Tuesday March 22. (Note, neither bill may be heard at 8:05, that is when the hearing starts of which we are on … Continued

Day 66: A little luck goes a long way

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! I hope you are all are enjoying craft beer on this festive day, and please remember to do so responsibly. We had a great event at the Capitol last night that one staffer told me was the best attended reception at the Capitol in her memory in the 8 years she’s worked … Continued

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