A raft of bills that would dramatically alter the way beer is sold and consumed in Texas won tentative approval from the House on Friday after a lengthy and disputatious process between brewers and beer distributors.Full Story
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or TABC, is the state agency that regulates the state's alcoholic beverage industry. It takes in more than $200 million annually in taxes and fees. It was established in 1935 as the Liquor Control Board.
The Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to:
- Grant, refuse, suspend or cancel permits and licenses ...
As a House committee on Tuesday took up a bill that would allow Texas liquor stores to open their doors on Sundays, one member raised concerns about whether the legislation could make it easier for minors to access liquor.Full Story
Beer distributors and craft breweries reached a tentative deal Monday to amend the Texas Alcoholic Beverage code, but the parties declined to provide specific details until legislative language was completed later this week.Full Story
Craft breweries and the Texas Beer Alliance, which represents major-brand beer distributors, joined forces to lobby the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, but not all distributing groups are on board.Full Story
For years, beers sold in Texas have had to have special labels if they contained a certain amount of alcohol. After a rule change finalized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission last month, brewers can now just call a beer a beer.Full Story
The director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission told lawmakers on Wednesday that the agency is working on plans to make obtaining a beer or liquor license simpler and faster.Full Story
A bill that would give brewpubs more flexibility to sell their ales has been given a boost by a compromise with an influential beer lobby.Full Story
Brewpubs want to be able to sell their distinctive beers in stores, restaurants and other bars and are fighting for the right to expand. The major beer distributors like things the way they are.Full Story
A sizable chunk of the state's general revenue — $635 million — in 2010 came from the mixed beverage tax. Texans drank 1.1 gallons of distilled spirits (liquor) each in 2010, which at 1.5 ounces a shot equals 94 mixed drinks a year. Check out our interactive map to see where Texans are going out for drinks.Full Story
If the state needs money to balance its budget, it should look first to sin taxes on gambling, alcohol and marijuana.Full Story
Kay Bailey Hutchison says Texas government should be more transparent. Rick Perry says it already is. Let the sniping begin.Full Story