AUSTIN (KXAN) - Craft breweries in Texas have a reason to raise their pint glasses this week.
Sparks ruled in favor of the brewery, declaring the statutes and TABC rules in question unconstitutional.
In the fall , the brewery filed a suit stating the TABC laws violate the First and 14th Amendments.
Currently, TABC laws state breweries can't call a beer a "beer" if it's more than a certain percentage of alcohol by weight. That means breweries have to market some of their product by another name other than beer.
"We couldn't call our beer what it really is. We had to call it 'ale' or 'malt liquor' if it was above 5 percent alcohol or beer if it was below, which would create some funny situations," said Jeff Stuffings, owner of Jester King.
Breweries will also be able to let customers know where they can actually purchase the company's beer.
"Prior to winning our claim, we couldn't tell people where to buy our beer. People would come to the brewery, want to buy our beer, and ask where to get it and we couldn't tell them. So now we can and that's going be very helpful for small brewers in the state of Texas," said Stuffings.
What didn't pass though? Breweries still won't be allowed to sell their own products at their production sites.
"What we were asking the judge was to be treated the same as wineries and distilleries in Texas. When you go to a distillery or winery in Texas, you can buy wine or distilled spirits to take home with you. If you go to a brewery, you can't sell people beer," said Stuffings.
While craft breweries in Texas have made some in-roads, they are already thinking ahead to the 2013 legislative session.
"We will continue that fight through the legal process," said Stuffings.
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Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.