Tribpedia: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

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 ...

Costco Joins Wal-Mart, Kroger in Liquor Push

Wholesale giant Costco has joined Wal-Mart, Kroger and other retailers in the fight to let public corporations sell liquor in Texas. The group is backing legislation in the Texas House and Senate to repeal state laws that  exclude publicly traded corporations from selling hard alcohol and limit the number of liquor stores a company can own.

Wiggy's Liquor, August 7, 2010 in West End, Austin, TX.
Wiggy's Liquor, August 7, 2010 in West End, Austin, TX.

Wal-Mart Sues Texas for Right to Sell Liquor

Wal-Mart is allowed to sell beer and wine at 546 Texas stores, but state law keeps it from selling hard liquor. On Thursday, the company filed a federal lawsuit challenging that rule in the interest of a "fair and level playing field."

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Matt Bitsche, chief engineer and head brewer at Infamous Brewing Company, inspects a pint of beer for clarity, aroma and overall carbonation in the glass, Jul. 12, 2013.
Matt Bitsche, chief engineer and head brewer at Infamous Brewing Company, inspects a pint of beer for clarity, aroma and overall carbonation in the glass, Jul. 12, 2013.

Craft Breweries Seeing New Doors Open

Texas' craft brewers are facing the biggest legislative overhaul the industry has seen in 20 years. News laws are letting them expand sales of their products. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Tim Stevens pours an Agave Wit at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.
Tim Stevens pours an Agave Wit at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.

Craft Brew Bills Raise Questions Over Alcohol Code

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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. 

TABC Changes What it Means to Be a Beer

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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.

Tim Stevens pours an Agave Wit at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.
Tim Stevens pours an Agave Wit at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.

Lawmakers Take Up Brew Bills

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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. 

Interactive map shows per capita revenue from mixed beverage taxes.
Interactive map shows per capita revenue from mixed beverage taxes.

Alcoholic Drinks Bring in Revenue, County by County

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.