Two companion bills were filed in the Texas House and Senate last month that, if passed, would allow consumers the ability to purchase beer while visiting their favorite brewery and take it home with them. A luxury that all 49 other States currently enjoy. HB 672, filed by Representative Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin and SB 312, filed by Senator Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway look to change a law that has been on the books since Prohibition.
The passage would also end a decade-plus struggle between Texas brewers, lawmakers, and distributors.
On February 13, 2019, Beer-To-Go moved one step closer to this goal. The Texas Craft Brewers Guild (TCBG), the trade association that represents almost 300 small and independent breweries in Texas, and the Beer Alliance of Texas, (BAT), a trade association which represents malt beverage distributors in Texas, reached a compromise on the hotly contested issue. This agreement has prompted Representative Rodriguez and Senator Buckingham to file amended versions of their bills.
If passed, the revised legislation would allow consumers to purchase up to 576 ounces (or two cases) of beer per calendar day for consumption at home.