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On most weeks, TABC releases what labels 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. It is a way to see what 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 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 releases:

(512) – Funky Kingston Ale (K)
8th Wonder – Doc Brown’s Time Machine Ale (K)
8th Wonder – Gentile Giant Ale (K)
8th Wonder – Zoltan the Destroyer Ale (K)
Alltech – Pico de Orizaba Negra Mexican Lager (b)
Anchor – Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout (b, K)
Bear Republic – Double Aught Pilsner (K)
Bear Republic – El Oso Amber (K)
Bear Republic – Hop Shovel IPA (K)
Bear Republic – Tartare Ale (K)
Boulevard – Spring Belle Saison with Flowers (b, K)
Brazos Valley – Big Spoon Tres Leches Stout (B, K)
Brazos Valley – Golden Ale (c, K)
Brazos Valley – Silt Brown Ale (c, K)
Cedar Creek – Spinning Mule Ale (c)
Cobra – Dawn of the Dank Double IPA (B)
Founder’s – Blushing Monk Belgian Style Ale (C, K – I think the can is meant to be bottle)
Grapevine – Ten Gauge Belgian IPA (B)
Hite – Pale Lager (b, B, c)
Jester King – Autumnal Dichotomous (B)
Karbach – Staycation (K)
Karbach – Three Legged Lab Imperial Stout (K)
Konig Ludwig – Weissbier Dunkel (K)
Konig Ludwig – Weissbier Hell Ale (b, K)
Lao Breweries – Beerlao (b, B)
Magic Hat – Big Hundo IPA (B, K)
New Braunfels – Mexican Cannon Wheat Beer (B, K)
New Braunfels – Otono Pumpkin Spiced Wheat (b, K)
New Braunfels – Shiva’s Wrath Eisbock (b, K)
New Holland – Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout (b, B, K)
Rabbit Hole – Mike Modano’s 561 Kolsch (c)
Rogue – Pumpkin Savior Ale (B, K)
Ruba – Tella Beer (K)
Stone – Old Guardian Hoppy Barleywine (B, K)
Val-Dieu – Blonde Belgian Abbey (b, B)
Val-Dieu – Brown Belgian Abbey (b, B)
Val-Dieu – Grand Cru Belgian Abbey (b, B, K)
Val-Dieu – Triple Belgian Abbey (b, B, K)
Wicked Beaver – Hoperation IPA (b)

TABC Brewery Approvals:

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – UK

A couple things to take from these releases:

New Holland – Even though they will not be coming to Austin for the time being, it is good to see Dragon’s Milk approved. That is probably their most known beer and definitely one of their most sought after. It will be a great addition to the shelves in Texas. Hopefully, they will finally have their roll out in the DFW area soon.

New Holland Brewing
Credit: New Holland Brewing

New Braunfels – They continue to put out beers at a fairly fast pace. It seems like an odd time to see a Pumpkin beer come through, but it could just be the way things worked out with the TABC.

New Braunfels Brewing
Credit: New Braunfels Brewing

 TABC Label and Brewery Approvals Jan 7 2015

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