Find The Right Membership For You
The Texas Craft Brewers Guild has several membership types for breweries, brewery suppliers, and Texas craft beer retailers. Read through our membership descriptions below to figure out which membership is right for you.
Brewery - Any operating brewery located in Texas that is:
Small - Annual production of 2 million barrels of beer or less. Production includes any beer produced by or for the Texas brewery or breweries, and breweries outside of Texas that are a part of the same controlled group of breweries for purposes of determining eligibility of the Texas brewery or breweries for the federal beer excise tax rate.
Independent - The brewery is not partially owned or controlled directly or indirectly by an alcoholic beverage industry member that does not otherwise qualify under this section.
Traditional - A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.
Additionally, a Brewery member must hold an approved and currently effective Brewer’s Notice and associated register number issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”).
Associate Brewery - Any operating brewery located in Texas that does not meet the definition of Brewery outlined above.
Brewery-In-Planning - Any organization that is planning to open up a brewery in Texas that qualifies for the definition of a brewery outlined above, but does not yet hold a Brewer’s Notice and is not yet selling beer.
Allied Trade - Organiztaions or professionals conducting business with the brewing industry may join as Allied Trade Members.The organization or professional should be selling goods or services to operating and/or in-planning breweries.
Retail - Any company holding a retail tier license/permit to sell beer in Texas. The retailer must have a strong craft beer focus. Homebrew supply stores in Texas may also qualify for this membership.
For existing breweries (packaging brewery or brewpub) who are already in production. With this membership, your brewery and brewing professional employees are invited to Texas Craft Brewers Guild monthly meetings throughout the state, get access to Guild communication and brewer-to-brewer discussion groups, and are welcomed to participate in educational events the Guild puts on throughout the year for brewers. Your brewery also gets a voice in the Guild’s craft beer advocacy activities, along with visibility through Guild promotional activities.
Brewery In Planning
For brewers who are planning to open a brewery and have developed at least a first draft of their business plan. With this membership, you get the same access to Guild activities that operating brewery members get, where applicable. And, when your brewery goes into production, your voting rights within the Guild become active, providing you a voice in advocacy activities and more. This membership provides a great opportunity for aspiring brewers to meet and communicate with the veterans in the Texas craft beer industry. The craft beer industry is an incredibly cooperative bunch and no one demonstrates that more than Texas brewers.
For companies that supply goods and services to our brewing members. Allied Trade members include malt suppliers, equipment manufacturers, canning and glassware suppliers, brand marketing companies, and more. If your business directly supports craft brewing in Texas, this is your membership. Allied Trade members attend many of the monthly Guild meetings held throughout the state and have access to our brewers for real, personal, 1:1 communication. Allied Trade members are also featured on the Guild’s website along with our brewery members.
For our friends who sell craft beer to the public – craft beer bars, restaurants, liquor stores, grocery stores and other retail establishments that help deliver Texas craft beer to the great people of Texas. Feature Texas craft beer in your establishment and display a retail membership sign showing off your good taste in beer. Retail members are also featured on the Guild’s website along with our brewery members.
Based on a sliding scale that increases with a brewery's sales. Always use the previous calendar year's sales number when calculating dues (i.e. don't project what you are planning to do in the current calendar year to calculate dues).
Annual dues = $300 + ($0.20 * # of bbls sold through distribution) + ($1.00 * # of bbls sold through your taproom)
For example, if your brewery sold 2,500 bbls through distribution (i.e. through a distributor or self-distributed - in other words, not sold on your premises to a consumer), and 200 bbls through your taproom, then your calculation would be: $300 + ($0.20 * 2,500) + ($1.00 * 250) = $300 + $500 + $200 = $1,000.
Brewery dues include a component that is applied to our lobbying cost each year, and is not tax deductable. The Guild will communicate this number as a percentage each year.
Brewery In Planning Dues:
A brewery in planning pays $300/year - just the flat rate from the above calculation.
When your brewery starts to sell beer, let us know and we will update your status in our records. When your next renewal is due, we will include your sales numbers in your dues calculation.
(Like operating breweries, a percentage of brewery in planning dues also goes to lobbying.)