All Texas beer groups now agree on ‘Beer to Go’ bill

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The much talked about and debated “beer-to-go” law change looks like it will now happen after the Wholesale Beer Distributors finally agreed to the idea Wednesday.

This is the latest break for beer law reformers after they successfully attached “beer to go” language to a required bill to reauthorize the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission. An amendment to the TABC “sunset” bill was successfully attached by Austin Democrat Eddie Rodriguez after it was determined seven state lawmakers were not in the room to cast their vote of opposition in April. The reform was attached and stalled negotiations on the TABC sunset bill with the Senate. 

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The powerful group originally held out when the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Beer Alliance of Texas announced the bipartisan effort.

It is illegal in Texas for breweries to sell beer for people to walk away with. A coalition of reformers hopes to make another change to beer laws in Texas, some of the most stringent in the country. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Larry Del Papa, the President of WBD said:

“In order to help passage of the TABC Sunset Bill, we agreed to negotiate a more reasonable beer-to-go carve out. The continuation of the TABC to protect the health and safety of the people of Texas is much more important than this carve out for certain breweries. With this issue resolved, we hope that we can move forward together as an industry for the betterment of the state.” 

Meanwhile, Adam DeBower — from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and owner of Austin Beerworks — released a statement, saying, in part: “These changes constitute the most comprehensive and far reaching reforms the alcohlic beverage code has seen  in more than a generation, and we look forward to the benefits all Texas consumers, brewers, retailers, and wholesalers will enjoy from these reforms.” 

Now that the Wholesale Beer Distributors are in favor of beer to go, no major interest or industry group is opposed.

Read the full agreement signed by Wholesale Beer Distributors here.

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