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UPDATE: Help Support Small TX Breweries TODAY! HB 2436 / SB 1575 by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
April 18, 2011, 11:13 am
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UPDATE: I have some good news and some other good news.  Which one you want to hear first?

OK first the good news – HB 2436 is scheduled for hearing in the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 8 am.  TOMORROW

The other good news – SB 1575 is scheduled for hearing in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 8am.  TOMORROW!

HB 2436/SB 1575 would allow small Texas breweries (under 75,000 bbl of production) to sell the beer/ale that they brew to the ultimate consumer for off-premises or on-premises consumption.  It would extend to small breweries the privilege of operating a pub with the same rights and responsibilities as a holder of a wine and beer retailer’s permit but with regard to their own products only.  Packaged beer and ale, produced at the brewery, could also be sold for off-premises consumption.

With this allowance microbreweries would NOT be able to purchase other alcoholic beverages for resale, as may actual holders of the wine and beer retailer’s permit.  They would also not be able to ship beer by common carrier to the ultimate consumer.  All sales would be over the counter, face to face.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? — contact the members who are on each of these committees and ask that they vote for HB 2436 / SB 1575 to move it out of the committee(s) and on toward passage.  The meetings are on Tuesday first thing in the a.m. so we need to act fast.  Sorry about the late notice, but I just found about about the House yesterday and got official notice about the Senate committee today.

The committee members are:

House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures (C350) Clerk: Jeff Madden
Legislature: 82(R) – 2011 Phone: (512) 463-0798
Appointment Date: 1/24/2011 Room: EXT E2.156
Position Member
Chair: Rep. Mike Hamilton
Vice Chair: Rep. Chente Quintanilla
Members: Rep. Joe Driver
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Rep. Patricia Harless
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Jose Menendez
Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce (C510) Clerk: Kimberly Selinger
Legislature: 82(R) – 2011 Phone: (512) 463-0365
Appointment Date: 1/19/2011 Room: SHB 370
Position Member
Chair: Sen. John Carona
Vice Chair: Sen. Chris Harris
Members: Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Mike Jackson
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Kirk Watson
Sen. John Whitmire

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