Ever wanted to buy a few bottles of Freetail or Blue Star beer to enjoy at home? State Rep. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio has introduced a bill that would allow brewpubs to sell their beer off-premise.
In other word, if enacted, House Bill 660 would allow “in-state brewpubs to compete with out-of-state brewpubs by affording us the right to sell our beer into the wholesale distribution system,” says Scott Metzger of Freetail Brewing Co., 4035 N. Loop 1604 W.
The bill has a few more clauses that would affect brewpub license holders: They would be able to sell to wholesalers or distributors for re-sale; their total production would not be able to exceed 75,000 barrels per year; and those who produce less than 10,000 barrels a year would be able to distribute their product themselves.
“Along with the help of my peers from several of our state’s fine craft breweries, we have worked closely with the representative’s office to craft a bill that will help Texas small businesses grow and remain competitive in a rapidly growing industry,” Metzger says. “We have worked carefully to address concerns from the other tiers within the beer industry so that it benefits not only Texas brewers, but also wholesalers, distributors, retailers and consumers. Given the current economic conditions and looming budget deficit, this bill provides much needed help by creating new jobs and increasing the tax base.
“I am maintaining a running blog during the 140-day legislative session on this effort that can be found at http://brewednotbattered.wordpress.com/. I will post updates every day on our bill, in addition to information on why it is important and how it provides economic benefit to the state of Texas.”
If people want to support Villarreal’s bill, they should contact their representatives, says Metzger, adding that he’s still working on a more unified public effort.
Click here to read the full bill.