Proposed New Craft Beer Law Panics Local Taproom Fiends
Photo: (KGSR) 93.3 KGSR / Jenna De Stefano
We’ve enjoyed a great booming bloom of local brewery taprooms over the last couple of years here in town, and even across Texas. This was the result of the relaxing of restrictions on how and to whom smaller beer producers can legally sell their products.
Current state law allows breweries that produce less than 225,000 barrels of beer per year to sell their yummy wares directly to the public, which has provided for the wonderful taproom trend that we’ve all enjoyed so much recently. Understandable, then, that word of a new law that threatens the fun may lead to some wringing of hands and rending of garments. So, some clarity is called for.
The new law being considered at the state house would affect brewers which have financial ties with larger brewing concerns by counting those larger breweries' output against the total of the local operator, in several cases here in Texas placing them above the benchmark for direct sales, and rendering their taprooms out of bounds.
Bummed at the thought of Oskar Blues’ fine taproom (pictured above with Jamestown Revival onstage) going away, this new rule could also affect faves such as Independence and Karbach. As far as I can tell, this new legislation would not affect truly independent breweries with no outside ties.
More about all of this HERE.