Texas Craft Beer’s Opportunity for Impact
The craft beer industry contributes $5 BILLION to the Texas economy, creating more than 30,000 small business and manufacturing jobs. Texas ranks 6th in total beer production yet, when it comes to breweries per capita, we rank 47th.
This means the industry still has a lot of room to grow, but we need to fix anticompetitive laws holding small brewers back from maximizing the potential growth and economic impact they are capable of.
‘Margs to Go’ Saves Texas Retailers
With the passing of House Bill 1024, Texas allowed for beer, wine, and mixed drinks to be delivered to consumers from retailers such as bars and restaurants. This bill codified Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 allowances that helped save many Texas small businesses during the pandemic. Brewpubs, which are members of the retail tier according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, were written out of the pandemic allowances as well as the bill that codified “Margs-to-go” into law excluding them from the delivery rights enjoyed by their fellow retail tier members.
Delivering on Convenience & Safety
Not only does direct to consumer shipping and delivery contribute to industry growth, it is also safe as there are existing protocols to prevent minors from accessing alcohol through shipping and delivery already in place.
Frequently asked questions:
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We Need Your Support!
Texas wineries, most retailers, and third-party delivery apps all enjoy pathways to ship or deliver alcoholic beverages directly to Texas consumers while complying with state liquor laws and customer age verification requirements. Let’s help Texas brewers do the same, giving Texas consumers more convenience and choice to access the products they demand.
It is time that we allow Texas brewers to have the delivery and shipping privileges other members of the Texas alcohol industry have such as:
- Allow Texas breweries and brewpubs to deliver beer directly to consumers at their homes/apartments.
- Allow Texas breweries and brewpubs to utilize third party delivery services to deliver beer to consumers at their homes/apartments.
- Allow Texas breweries and brewpubs to ship beer directly to consumers across the state via licensed carrier.
Get in Touch!
Caroline Wallace | Executive Director
Travis Bailey | Government Affairs Associate
Jon Lamb | Government Affairs Committee Chair