State House tightens reins on Texas breweries

The Texas House took a big step against craft breweries recently, including reducing their ability to sell directly to consumers:

"The Texas House on Saturday voted overwhelming to place new constraints on craft breweries that grow beyond a set size or become acquired by a larger beer company.

Supporters of House Bill 3287 also fought back efforts to amend the legislation to give craft brewers the right to sell some beer on site for consumers to take home - something the smaller brewers have tried to secure for years.

HB 3287, blasted as anti-competitive by critics, is opposed by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Anheuser-Busch InBev as well as pro-business groups and a conservative Texas think tank.

'Now we prepare for the Senate battle,' guild executive director Charles Vallhonrat said after the vote..."

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