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 or on tap at your favorite Craft Beer Bar. It is a way to see what beer will be coming into the Texas market before it shows up at your local bottle shop. 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 opening 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 releases:
903 – Land of Milk and Honey Stout (c)
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Fastenbier (B)
Alamo – Amber Lager (b, K)
Alamo – Golden Lager (b, K)
Alamo – Pilsner (b, K)
Alaskan – Amber Alt Style Ale (c)
Alaskan – Cran-Spruce Ale (K)
Alaskan – Freeride APA (c)
Alaskan – Icy Bay Rye (c)
Alaskan – Imperial Rye IPA (B, K)
Ballast Point – Grunion Pale Ale (b, c)
Big Bend – Pasion Ale (B, K)
Destihl – 1920 Stout Imperiale Belgian Style Imperial Stout (B, K)
Destihl – Amra Mango IPA (K)
Destihl – Bela Imperial Pilsner (B, K)
Destihl – Clarice Belgian Style Dark Ale (K)
Destihl – Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout (B, K)
Destihl – Dubbel Belgian Style Abbey Dubbel Ale (K)
Destihl – Quadrupel Belgian Style Abbey Quadrupel Ale (B, K)
Destihl – Saint Dekkera Reserva Sour Ale (B, K)
Destihl – Saison de Noir Belgian Style Black Saison Farmhouse Ale (K)
Destihl – Saison de Ruisseau Belgian Style Saison Farmhouse Ale (K)
Destihl – Samhain Pumpkin Porter (K)
Destihl – Tenebrous Black RyePA India Style (K)
Destihl – The Duke of Normington Imperial Farmhouse (K)
Destihl – Tripel Beglain Style Abbey Tripel (K)
Destihl – Vertex IPA West Coast Style IPA (c, K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Counter Clockweisse Berliner-Style Beer (K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Dissension Black Berliner-Style Beer (K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Flanders Red Ale (c, K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Flemish Amber (K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Here Gose Nothing (c, K)
Destihl – Wild Sour Series – Lynnbrook Raspberry Sour (K)
Duvel – Tripel Hop Belgian Golden Ale (b)
Freetail – Pinata Protest Red Wit Ale (b, K)
Grapevine – La Saison des Festivals (B)
Grapevine – Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout (K)
Grapevine – Sir William’s English Brown Ale (K)
No Label – Boomstick Double Black Rye Coffee IPA (B, K)
No Label – Double Black Rye IPA (K)
North Coast – Barrel Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (B, K)
North Coast – Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve Ale (B, K)
Ommegang – Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale (B, K)
Peticolas – Operation Collaboration Ale: IPA (K)
St. Arnold – Oktoberfest Ale (c)
St. Arnold – Santo Black Kosch Style Beer (c, C)
Shipyard – Signature Series Smashed Blueberry Ale (b, B, K)
Twin Peaks – Knotty Brunette American Brown Ale (C)
TABC Brewery Approvals:
BS Brewing – Seguin (changed from brewery to brewpub)
Ode Brewing – El Paso
A couple things to take from these releases:
Destihl Brewery – They are coming in strong this week. I would say that they plan on sending us all of their beers that they distribute based on what they have gotten approved. I can only speak for the Here Gose Nothing, as it is the only one of theirs that I have had, and it was a solid Gose that I would buy again.
Alamo – Alamo is starting up their approvals for their new brewery in San Antonio. They do plan on having a couple more beers than just the Alamo Golden Ale that we have always seen. This will be their first purpose built brewery.
Peticolas – The Operation Collaboration Ale is a collaboration with Green Flash. It is nice to see that some of the Texas breweries doing collaborations with some much more established breweries. This label approval is being made by Peticolas, so I do not expect to see it in Austin. I hope I am wrong.
BS Brewing – They have now switched to a Brewpub license from a Brewery license so that they can start doing growler fills at their brewery. They have also mentioned having more taproom hours so it should be much easier to visit their brewery in the near future.
Alpine Beer Company sounds like they will be coming to Texas. Since their beer is being brewed at Green Flash, they can use the Green Flash brewery approval to distribute here. I have heard to expect them in March or April, depending on label approvals.
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