Austin, let’s not make this weird.

Austin, the wait is over. We have a little bit of history in this city. I used to spend way more time than I ever hoped to in one of your beautiful buildings. I even made quite a few friends there. Okay, I’ll admit it, I even kind of like it there. But I’m an unapologetic … Continued

Growing & Busting at the Seams!

Hey gang, we sent out the press release below this morning and I was really excited to hit send. So much so, that I held myself back over the weekend from leaking spoilers. Bottom line: our plans are coming to fruition. We’re making beer, getting out there and selling it, and we’re expanding our reach. … 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

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.

WBDT-Supported Bill Immediately Slammed by Fellow Distributors

As Senate Bills 515, 516, 517 and 518 progress forward (we’ve added a handful of Senate Co-Authors, bringing the total up to 12 as of the writing of this blog), The Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas have introduced their own legislation, which has been met by immediate backlash by other industry stakeholders, including some fellow … Continued

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

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

New Jersey passes brewery bill, can Texas afford to sit on the sidelines?

Last week, New Jersey passed a law to help the state’s microbreweries and brewpubs. To quote the South Jersey Times’ Jessica Beym:   The law: Permits brew pubs, to increase their annual production to 10,000 barrels a year, up from 3,000. Allows brew pubs to distribute their product to liquor stores and restaurants through the wholesale … Continued

Texas Beer & The 2015 Challenge

We are Texas, and our Star shines bright. As of December 31, 2011, Texas was home to 71 licensed small craft breweries (which, for the purposes of my analysis, include breweries less than 75,000 barrels of annual production, up from 47 just a year earlier. That number includes 34 brewpubs (up from 28 at year … Continued

Judge Sparks’ Greatest Hits!

And now for the lighter side. As I alluded to previously, Judge Sparks’ judgement is full of all kinds of funny lines. If this whole judging thing ever gets old to him, he’s got a career in comedy. Judge Sparks wastes no time getting into the humor (and a little jab), and offers this in … Continued