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Did More Texas Breweries Just Get the Green Light to Reopen? Maybe…

By Pam Catoe / July 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

In yet another reversal, some breweries are now presumably allowed to open for onsite consumption. In mid-July, the TABC advised Saint Arnold Brewing Company to abruptly shut down its beer garden and restaurant operations because the Governor’s office advised them that their distribution sales counted as part of the 51% revenue calculation. Further, there was no advanced warning, (which is no surprise at this point). This past Friday, the TABC posted new guidance about the […]

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Another Day, Another TABC Ruling that Hurts the Texas Craft Beer Industry

By Andrew Schwab / July 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

The TABC announced on Wednesday that they were going back on another press release that they put out the Friday before. That release was simply allowing brewpubs and breweries, who sold beer to go, to rezone their patios and allow people to drink their to-go beer on the patios. It was, what seemed like, a simple gesture to give some breathing room to the already struggling brewery industry. Over the last 5 days that this […]

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Want Beer Delivery During the COVID-19 Crisis? Act Now!

By Pam Catoe / July 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Austin rejoiced when we heard local restaurants can now add alcohol to the line up of delivery and to-go options with a food order. Governor Abbott signed the waiver earlier this week as a temporary measure to help business affected by the statewide mandate to close dining rooms and bars. However, the measure only allows relief to businesses holding a mixed beverage license; therefore, does not apply to breweries, who can currently only sell beer-to-go […]

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Save Texas Breweries! 2 Out of 3 Members May Close by 2021

By Pam Catoe / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

According to a survey of members by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, two out of every three Texas craft breweries will be forced to permanently close by the end of 2021 due to the public health crisis brought on by COVID-19 and back-to-back shutdowns of on-premise business at “51% establishments.” Key Survey Takeaways: One in three Texas craft breweries says they’ll be forced to close in the next three months without some change to the […]

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Breweries Are Not Bars | One Brewery’s Unique Fight to Reopen

By Pam Catoe / July 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

When the Governor decided to yet again close bars in order to slow the spread of the pandemic, he did so by lumping breweries that were operating safely in with bars that clearly were not. Local Austin area breweries went out of their way to safely open, most only opening their outdoor patios. They required masks, distanced tables, provided contactless payments, and some even created outdoor spaces that didn’t exist before the pandemic. While breweries […]

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Black is Beautiful Austin Brewery Releases, Part 1

By Melanie Ross / July 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

Black is Beautiful is a beer collaboration on a fierce mission to raise awareness of the daily injustices people of color face. The project is the brainchild of Marcus Baskerville, Head Brewer & Co-Owner of San Antonio brewery, Weathered Souls. Baskerville expounded via the Black is Beautiful site, “This platform and collaboration is about understanding and supporting people of color and inclusion… With the current tensions that are rising we thought that it was of […]

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Austin Area Breweries to Safely Visit this Fourth of July Weekend

By Pam Catoe / July 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

With the holiday weekend upon us and COVID-19 on the rise in Texas, people are having to adjust their weekend plans. However, there are several Austin area breweries that are still open for onsite consumption following strict safety protocols where you can enjoy a fresh craft beer. Know the rules of engagement! Establishments are requiring the use of a facial covering when you are not seated at your table. You must be seated to receive […]

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Texas Brewery Taprooms Are Closed Again

By Pam Catoe / June 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

Governor Abbot issued an executive order this morning closing businesses that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 12 p. m. today: “These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.” Earlier this week the Governor highlighted the need for wearing masks in public places and encouraged people to stay home if possible. He […]

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Is Big Bend Brewing Company Making a Return with Tejas Beer?

By Pam Catoe / June 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

In a word – no. Last week a series of Instagram posts created quite a stir among fans of Big Bend Brewing Company in Alpine, Texas. Many of the brewery’s fans still follow them on Instagram and Facebook and last week a new post popped up on their social media platforms promising the return of the brand’s iconic Tejas line of beers with the tag line: “Finally, a beer that embodies our collective Texas spirit. […]

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All Together Beer Supports Hospitality Industry

Texas Breweries Brew All Together IPA

By Dani Schwab / May 25, 2020 / 0 Comments

Texas Breweries Brew All Together IPA By Now, maybe you have heard of the worldwide collaboration of All Together IPA. If Not, read more about the inspiration of the All Together IPA here. Many Texas breweries have brewed or are going to brew this collaboration. A few of the Texas Brewers explained to us, their decision to join this collaboration and how it will help their community.     Künstler Brewing: San Antonio, TX: Released on April […]

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Barking Armadillo Brings Craft Beer to Georgetown During a Pandemic

By Ruvani de Silva / May 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Feature post by Ruvani De Silva Most of us have been put out, inconvenienced and financially disadvantaged by Covid-19, but when you’ve put years of planning, preparation, love, and investment into building your very own brewery taproom, only to have it closed down just two weeks after your launch party, that’s got to be a huge kick in the head, right? Well yes, but for Barking Armadillo’s Jacob Trimm and Brian Cantu, they are not […]

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TABC Label and Brewery Approvals May 22nd, 2020

By Andrew Schwab / May 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Continuing the label approvals for another couple of weeks. Seems like things have slowed down a bit since the last couple of updates (honestly, this does not surprise me in the least). Either way, here are the latest brewery/label approvals. Recent Brewery Approvals: Note: I have only been putting new brewery approvals here – anything that is just getting reapproved, I do not list. Along with this, any macro brewery that is approved, I do […]

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