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Senate Approves New Beer Rules

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Small breweries and brew pubs would have more opportunities to sell their beer under several measures approved Monday by the Texas Senate.

The compromise between small brewers and distributors would require a $250 license for microbreweries and brewpubs to sell their product on-site. Brewpubs would be limited to distributing 1,000 barrels a year.

Scott Metzger of the Craft Brewers Guild calls it a win for beer lovers. 

“It means more beer available to them, either in terms of getting your favorite brew pub beer at your favorite bar, restaurant or grocery store, but it also means now when you go to Blanco and visit Real Ale brewing, for example, you’ll be able to enjoy a pint there on premise.”, says Metzger.

Texas' current law bans pubs from packaging their beer for retail stores and also prevents breweries from selling beer to tour visitors.

The bills still have to pass the House and be signed by the Governor before any new rules take effect. 

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