A package—or perhaps we should say a proper pint—of beer legislation has officially passed the Texas House, and will go on to Governor Rick Perry for approval. It's a big victory in the fight against Texas' uber-restrictive beer laws. The bills will, according to a statement from sponsoring senator Kevin Eltife:
· "Allow consumers to purchase brewpub-manufactured products at retail locations, such as bars and restaurants, as well as convenience and grocery stores."
· "Allow small breweries to open "tap rooms" for a limited amount of on-site consumption."
· "Expand current law to allow for enhanced distribution opportunities for microbreweries engaged in producing beer and ale by raising production limits from 75,000 to 125,000 barrels per year."
The Beer Alliance of Texas is thrilled, via the Houston Chronicle: "Craft beer makers and brewpub owners will now be able to produce, market and sell greater quantities of product to Texas consumers, and, importantly, add to greater employment in the craft brew sector."