On most weeks, TABC releases Label and Brewery approvals that have been approved for sale in Texas. Every beer that is sold in Texas has to go through this process before you can see it on store shelves. This is a way to see what beer will be coming into the Texas market before it shows up at your local bottle shop or craft beer bar. The time frame between showing up on the label approval list and hitting the shelves could be anywhere from a day to a couple of months out.
The same can be said for breweries. The brewery approvals tend to be even further out. Every brewery sold in Texas has to go through the same process to get approved by the TABC. Once they do this, they can then get labels approved.
I only include craft beer labels that have been approved.
After each label, I have indicated what they have been approved to sell in. They are as follows:
K = Keg
B = Large format bottle
b = Small format bottle
c = Small format (12oz) can
C = Larger format cans
Here are this week’s TABC Label releases:
903 – Citra on Top IPA (c, K)
903 – Sayonara Apple Cider Ale (K)
903 – Trotline Saison (K)
Audacity – Repercussion Amber Ale (K)
Belhaven – Kilted Pilsner (K)
Cedar Creek – Patio Pounder Pale Lager (K)
Clown Shoes – Fistfull of Unidragon RIS (B, K)
Cobra – Union Black IPA Cascadian Dark Ale (K)
Deschutes – IRA India Style Red Ale (K)
Destihl – Tripel Belgian Style Abbey Tripel (B)
Destihl – Weissenheimer Hefeweizen (c, K)
Fetching Lab – Bound and Determined Stout (K)
Fetching Lab – Midnight Watch Porter Ale (K)
Fetching Lab – Round Up Amber Ale (K)
Fetching Lab – Laelaps India Pale Ale (K)
Four Corners – El Super Bee de Saison (c)
Full Sail – Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged (K)
Huyghe – La Guillotine Golden Blond Belgian Ale (b, B, K)
Magic Hat – Art Hop Ale (b, B)
Magic Hat – Blind Faith IPA (b, K)
Magic Hat – Dream Machine IPL (c)
Magic Hat – Electric Feel Grapefruit IPA (b, K)
Magic Hat – Stealin’ Time Wheat Ale (c, K)
NXNW Parkside – Man Mountain Brown Ale (K)
NXNW Parkside – Star View Blonde (K)
Rodenbach – Vintage 2010 Oak Aged Ale (B)
Saint Arnold – Bishop’s Barrel 7 Imperial Pumpkin Ale (b.,K)
Saint Arnold – Bishop’s Barrel 8 aged in Gin Barrels (b, K)
Shannon – All Maerican Blonde (b)
Shannon – Chocolate Stout (b)
Shannon – IPA (b)
Shannon – Irish Red (b)
Sierra Nevada – Kolsch German Style Ale (b, K)
Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale (b, B, c, C)
Sierra Nevada – Torpedo (b, B, c, C)
Stone – Imperial Mutt Brown Ale (B, K)
Stone – Pale Ale 2.0 (b, K)
Summit – Summer Ale (b, c, K)
Texas Beer Refinery – Hoppy Go Lucky Blond (K)
Town in City – Uncommon Cowboy (K)
TABC Brewery Approvals:
No new approvals this week.
A couple things to take from these releases:
Saint Arnold – I am slightly confused about the Bishop Barrel label approvals. The beer described is for BB9, while the label approval is for BB7. Just like the one described for BB8 is for BB10, which will be a Gin Barrel aged beer. The labels associated with each of those match the numbering that they received a label approval for (BB7 label is for a BB7). Maybe I am missing something here – especially since BB9 has already hit shelves. I should probably not worry too much about this. What to take out of it? BB10 will be a gin barrel aged beer if you had not already heard.
Fetching Lab – Located in Alvin, Texas, which is south of Houston, this is a relatively new brewery. They have been hosting taproom hours off and on for a couple of months. I believe these will be their first label approvals to sell off site. I am guessing they will likely just be in the Houston area for the time being.
Four Corners – El Super Bee was already approved in cans some time back. The only difference on this label is that it shows it as 8% instead of 7%.
General Note: A lot of label approvals this were for for slight modifications in labels. Like Sierra Nevada – nothing really big changed there, they just got more labels approved.
Local Labels Approved: