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 ...

This graphic humorously references a trip that top state liquor regulators took to the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators in 2015 at a cost of more than $7,000 in taxpayer money. The illustration was created by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission during work hours on a state computer with input from top agency officials, records show. Pictured from left to right are TABC Director Sherry Cook, Licensing Director Amy Harrison, Analyst Jesse Valdez and then-TABC technology contractor Jim Harrison.  
<p><span>This graphic humorously references a trip that top state liquor regulators took to the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators in 2015 at a cost of more than $7,000 in taxpayer money. The illustration was created by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission during work hours on a state computer with input from top agency officials, records show. Pictured from left to right are TABC Director Sherry Cook, Licensing Director Amy Harrison, Analyst Jesse Valdez and then-TABC technology contractor Jim Harrison. &nbsp;</span></p>

Liquor regulators partying on taxpayers' tab

Texas alcohol regulators know how to party: records show they've spent tens of thousands of dollars to travel to swanky resorts where liquor flows and industry lobbyists abound.

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.

Small Brewers Pushing to Tap Into the Action

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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.

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

Interactive: Where Texans Go To Drink

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.

Openly Hostile

Kay Bailey Hutchison says Texas government should be more transparent. Rick Perry says it already is. Let the sniping begin.

Screengrab of Perry's staffer heading to block a KBH videographer from the sidewalk.
Screengrab of Perry's staffer heading to block a KBH videographer from the sidewalk.

HuTube: Shot Blocker

Gotta hand it to these young Republicans for not letting a bitter battle between their bosses get in the way of polite pleasantries on the street.