TABC logo image Craft Beer ImageTABC Label & Brewery Approvals Oct 14, 2014

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.

This week, I decided to add a little more information to each approval. 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 = Cans

Here are this week’s releases:

B-52 – Double IPA (K)
Blue Owl – Little Boss Sour Session Wheat (K, C)
Blue Owl – Professor Black Sour Cherry Stout (K, C)
Blue Owl – Spirit Animal Sour Pale Ale (K, C)
Blue Owl – Van Dayum! Sour Amber Ale (K, C)
Branchline – Hoppy Brown Ale (K)
Branchline – Menger 32 Pumpkin Ale with Spices (K, B)
De Ranke – XXX Bitter (B, K)
Deep Ellum – Belgian IPA (K)
Deep Ellum – Labor of Love One (K)
Deep Ellum – Numb Comfort Ale (K, B)
Deep Ellum – Oak Cliff Coffee Ale (C)
Denen Plaza Kawaba – Kigen Red Ale (b)
Denen Plaza Kawaba – Kigen Silver Weizen (b)
Deschutes – Nitro Cinder Cone Red Ale (K)
Deschutes – Nitro Jubelale (K)
Four Corners – Cascadian Ale (K)
Four Corners – Celebracion Belgian Strong (K)
Four Corners – Chile Ale (K)
Four Corners – Christmas Ale (K)
Four Corners – ESB Ale (K)
Four Corners – El Guero American White Ale (K)
Four Corners – Golden Stout Ale (K)
Four Corners – Imperial Porter Ale (K)
Four Corners – Imperial Stout Ale (K)
Four Corners – Pale Ale (K)
Four Corners – Scotch Ale (K)
Four Corners – Trippel Ale (K)
Lakewood – Holiday Bonus Festive Porter (b)
Mikkeller – Zest Please (b)
Mission – El Conquistador Session IPA (C)
Mission – IPA (K)
Nine Band – Ghost Cow Oktoberfest (b)
Nine Band – Toad Choker Barleywine (b)
Oasis Texas – Oasis Pub Series: Technicolor Motorhome (K)
Odell – Gramps Oatmeal Stout (K, b)
Santa Fe – Hefeweizen (K)
Van Honsenbrouck Brouwerij BUBA – St. Louis Premium Kriek (B)
Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Tennent’s Whiskey Oak Aged (b)
Victory – Moving Parts 02 (K, B)
Xingu – Gold Beer (K)

Breweries:

Four Bullets Brewery – Richardson

A couple things to take from these releases:

1) Blue Owl Brewing – They are getting close to opening. If you have not heard about them yet, they are a new brewery opening up in East Austin that focuses on all sour mashed beers. Along with this, they will all be canned. All of their lineup so far comes in at less than 6% ABV, with their sour session wheat coming in at around 3.5%. So, very sessionable beers that I will probably buy a lot of six packs of. They are hoping to be out by the end of the year.

2) Four Corners Brewing – We do not currently get them in Austin, but still figured they were worth mentioning. They have been open in Dallas for over a year and make some solid mainstays. They do can their beers and I do hope that they eventually make it to Austin. When I last visited the brewery (granted, it was some time ago), they only had their mainstays on tap. It looks like they now have had the chance to really start making a lot more varieties of beers. I doubt we get to see any of them in Austin, but definitely check out their taproom if you make it up to there.

3) Nine Band Brewing – They are another new brewery opening up in the DFW area (Allen to be specific). Based on these label approvals, we can tell that they are planning on bottling their beer. No word yet on if we will get it in Austin.

Blue Owl Brewing imageFour Corners Brewing Image

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