Industry observers predict that the next "Cold War" in beer politics will be brewery taprooms that allow brewers to sell beer straight to consumers. Right on cue, Texas is considering a law that would curtail taprooms. Justin Kendall reports for Brewbound:
"Everything is supposedly bigger in Texas, but the state’s lawmakers are considering legislation that would prevent large beer companies from operating taprooms in the state.
House Bill 3287 (and sister bill SB 2083), backed by the state’s wholesalers, would significantly alter a Texas law that currently gives beer manufacturers who produce less than 225,000 barrels of beer annually the right to sell as much as 5,000 barrels directly to consumers via their taprooms, according to Austin 360.
According to the outlet, the proposed language change would count production occurring at facilities “owned directly or indirectly by the license holder or an affiliate or subsidiary” toward the 225,000-barrel limit, meaning several breweries would have to shutter their taprooms.
Those affected would include: The Austin outpost for Oskar Blues, which has several brewery and taproom locations in Colorado and North Carolina; MillerCoors-owned Revolver in Dallas-Fort Worth; Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Karbach Brewing in Houston; and potentially Independence Brewing, which received an investment from Lagunitas (itself owned 50 percent by Heineken International) last summer..."