Cuvee Coffee’s crowler machine is finally returning to the cafe after 20 months of legal limbo. Thanks to Cuvee owner and founder Mike McKim, crowlers are now legal across Texas, as ruled and upheld by a Texas judge last November. The machinery will be up and running starting tomorrow, Friday, March 30, with a party to come in April.
It started inthe fall of 2015, when the TABC considered Cuvee’s crowler machine, which sealed beer in metal cans (as opposed to glass growlers) for customers, as illegal because the cafe isn't permitted for what the agency saw as manufacturing product. It seized the gadget.
McKim appealed that decision and Texas administrative law judge John H. Beller ruled that the crowler was legal during a hearing in November 2016. TABC wanted to file an exception to the ruling, which meant the crowler had to stay locked up in the meantime. However, with the help of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Fort Worth representative Ramon Romero Jr., the agency backed off.
Now Cuvee can use its crowler machine for customers looking to bring the cafe's beer options home.