What’s Happening in Texas Craft Beer

There’s so many articles on current events in the craft beer industry that I read every day that I’m going to start sharing the issues that I find the most interesting. I hope they will spark your interest, too, and open up room for conversation about all the different elements of the craft beer world. So without further ado, let’s get started!

When it comes to craft beer, California has it good. So does Oregon. And Colorado. And Massachusetts. And Vermont. Et cetera, et cetera…

But a lot of states aren’t so lucky.

In a few weeks, I’m headed to my home state of Texas, and though I’m very excited about my trip, it’s been a pain to try to plan any visits to local breweries. Many are only open to the public on certain days, and even then, you can’t just stop in for a taster flight. You have to pay a small fee to go on a brewery tour, and then you receive tokens for beer samples after the tour is complete. You can’t buy beer to take home on the premises, either.

Basically, you have to go to a bar instead of a craft brewery to enjoy craft beer. I’ll be the first to say that my poor home state is a little bit backwards.

Here’s an overview on current legislation in Texas that craft beer fans in the state are paying close attention to: Bills brewing in Austin could help or hurt Texas craft beer. There’s a few things going on here: a) There’s a bill proposed that would allow limited beer sales at the breweries and sharply limit how much they could self-distribute. Luckily, there are a lot of people speaking out against this. As the article says, the number of Texas brewers grew 44% in 2013, and it’s obviously a huge state. And b) There’s a bill proposed that would allow brewery visitors purchase beer on site to take home with them. Um, yay! I like that one.

I’m obviously keeping my fingers crossed that none of the bills that make life harder for brewers make it through. Living in San Diego, I’ve seen the positive economic impact that the craft beer industry can have on a community, and I’m hoping that will occur in Texas, too. And, let’s be honest, I can’t wait for the day that I travel home and get to go straight to my favorite brewery for a pint.

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