Allow breweries to sell to consumers on brewery premise

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Campaign: Brewers and Beer Manufacturers

Currently, Texas breweries (holders of either a Manufacturers License or Brewers Permit) are restricted from selling their products to consumers who visit the brewery premise. In other states, breweries are allowed to sell at their on-site tap rooms, with the funds used to re-invest in their production capabilities or expand marketing efforts. Out-of-state craft breweries competing in this state have an advantage over Texas breweries in this state.

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  • scott attached: HB_2436.pdf

    Thanks for the tips, Jeremy. I've attached here a proposed bill from 2011, HB 2436, which had a senate companion in SB 1575.

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  1. Comment
    Jeremy B. Mazur
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    Thank you for offering this idea to the Texas Red Tape Challenge. I'd like to encourage other readers of this idea to offer their comments -- and not just votes -- on why this is a good (or bad) recommendation. Here are some questions to consider: How would you draft this idea as a bill (drafts can be uploaded under the attachments tab above)? How would this recommended change in law affect applicable breweries? Describe what breweries would do differently if this were to become law? How or why would that be a good or bad outcome? What do other states' laws say with regard to this type of activity? These are just a few questions for the purposes of encouraging discussion regarding the substance and merits of this idea.

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    scott ( Idea Submitter )

    To answer your other questions (and I am hoping other readers will chime in and participate here), the proposed change will allow affected breweries to sell pints to consumers who visit the brewery (which they can currently give away for free) or sell packaged beer to go for folks taking a tour. This would be a vital marketing tool for small breweries, who typically have little or no means of advertising.

    The law would preserve the 3-tier system by placing limits on the total quantity of beer that can be sold directly to consumers, and thus the bulk of a breweries sales would still be through a distributor on the way to the marketplace at large.

    Over half of the other states in the US have already enacted changes like these. Just last week, New Jersey Governor Christie signed into law a similar bill to foster the growth of the industry in that state.

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    nathan

    I've done a lot of beer tourism and I'm always thrilled when I get to a state (most of them) where I can take beer home with me from the brewery. But in Texas, we don't have this option. There's no doubt in my mind that there's missing tax revenue (I would not have bought many beers in other states if their breweries hadn't offered them for sale, and I imagine visitors here feel the same way - they can't find the random few shops that offer rarer beers) and frankly I can't stand the idea of Texas being behind in anything where free market is concerned!

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    Jeff Greer

    I have no love for an enforced 3-tier system, and believe that the market ought to be left alone to figure it out. Having said that, it does the distributors no harm to let me pick up a case or two of beer for my fridge at the end of a tour at St. Arnold or No Label. None. And out-of-state visitors will be more likely to take some home with them, which would help tremendously with getting the word out about our state's fine breweries. This law will benefit ALL Texans - even those who don't like or consume alcohol - in that it makes visiting the state more attractive. The upside here far outweighs any downside.

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    wunnanuts-redtape

    Wineries,which traditionally sell stronger products, are not restricted due to successful lobby that left out breweries. That's biased law without any good reason. Let me as a consumer have the same choice across the board.

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    javiermere

    Having the ability to sell beer at brewing facilities does not affect consumers nor the market, it is a win-win situation for producers, consumers, visitors, tourists and tax collectors.

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    billcourt1

    Beer and wine should be treated equally. They are essentially the same process/product but appeal different tastes.