A package of five bills that passed the legislature was signed into law last Friday by Governor Rick Perry.
The highlight of the set of bills allows craft breweries to sell limited amounts of beer for on-premise consumption. The new set of laws will allow Texas brewers many of the same rights that have existed in other states for many years such as raising the production limits on Texas brewpubs and allow them to sell beer to distributors.
“We have spent the past decade on this effort in Austin, finally achieving a tangible result, and we couldn’t be happier for fans of Texas craft beer,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner,“ in a company statement. “The efforts of the entire craft brewing industry, represented by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, along with wholesalers, individual craft beer enthusiasts and consumer groups such as Open The Taps have been a powerful force in finally seeing these antiquated laws brought up to date,” said Wagner.