No, it did not. Apparently TABC released guidance that things will remain the same for Texas breweries and bars:
“You should continue to operate as you have been operating in recent weeks. The order does not create a new special authorization to conduct pickup and delivery if Texas statutes do not currently allow your business to do so.”
Today marks the first day of retail to-go under Governor Abbot’s GA-16 order signed on April 17, which states:
“Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, retail services that are not “essential services,” but that may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep in strict compliance with the terms required by DSHS. The DSHS requirements may be found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.”
If you watched today’s news, you would have seen various small local retailers featured as being the first to benefit from the order. For a brief time, it was thought this would also apply to any retail outlet given the vague language. That would, therefore, include your local brewpub and bar. Breweries; however, are categorized as manufacturers, so it would not apply to them (Texas breweries vs. brewpubs can be found here).
I would still encourage you to sign this petition to allow all Texas brewers to offer delivery during this time, and of course, get out this weekend for the #GreatTexasBeerRun!
Feature image courtesy of the Brewers Association