TABC Label & Brewery Approvals Oct 21, 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:
Avery – Pump[KY]n Porter with Pumpkin & Spice aged in Bourbon Barrels (b, K)
Avery – Rumpkin with Pumpkin & Spice aged in Rum Barrels (K)
Ballast Point – Dorado Double IPA (b)
Ballast Point – Victory at Sea Porter with Coffee and Vanilla (b)
Black Star Co-op – Recalcitrant Dockhand (K)
Blue Moon – First Peach Ale (b, K)
Bluebonnet Beer Company – American Amber Ale (K)
Bluebonnet Beer Company – Cream Ale (K)
Bluebonnet Beer Company – India Pale Ale (K)
Bluebonnet Beer Company – Texas Pecan Brown Ale (K)
Buffalo Bayou – Buffalo Sunset Ale (K)
Buffalo Bayou – Great White Buffalo Ale (C, K)
Buffalo Bayou – Pumpkin Spice Latte Ale (B, K)
Bull Creek – Otzi’s Twenty Nine Copper Ale (b, B)
Cobra – Nightmare Before Xmas (K)
Community – Inspiration Dark Specialty Ale (b)
Community – Trinity Tripel Specialty Ale (b)
Elevation – Arete Barleywine Ale (B, K)
Karbach – Quadnundrum Ale Aged in Oak Rum Barrels (K)
Lone Pint – Zythophile Summit Ale (K)
Martin House – Gateway Blonde Ale (K)
New Belgium – Hop Kitchen Hop the Pond Double IPA (B, K)
New Belgium – Oscar Kissed Cherry (K)
Odell – 180 Shilling Ale (B, K)
Red Stripe – Ginger Zing (b)
Save The World Brewing – Celestis Thesauri Biere de Garde (K)
Shipyard – Black IPA (C)
Shipyard – Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine (B, K)
Shock Top – Twisted Pretzel Wheat (b)
Sierra Nevada – Narwhal Stout (b, K)
Stone – Arrogant Bastard Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels (B)
Stone – Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel (B, K)
Twisted Pine – Billy’s Chilies (b)
Twisted Pine – Hop Zealot IPA (b)
Twisted Pine – Hoppy Boy American Pale Ale (b)
Twisted Pine – La Petite Saison Farmhouse (b)
Twisted Pine – Raspberry Wheat Ale (b)
TABC Brewery Approvals:
Fish Brewing Company – Washington
A couple things to take from these releases:
1) Bluebonnet Beer Company – This is another brewery on the long list of breweries opening up in the Austin area. Bluebonnet is located in Round Rock. They have had their brewery approval for some time now, but now are starting to get label approvals for individual beers. One of the first chances you will be able to try their beer will be at Flix’s Brewhouse Firkin Fest (Nov. 9th).
2) Bull Creek Brewing Company – Along with Bluebonnet, this is another brewery that is on the verge of opening near Austin. For Bull Creek, they are located in Liberty Hill. Bull Creek will be bottling their beer from the time they open. They have received numerous other label approvals already, beginning back in April, which include a Farmhouse, IPA, Blonde, and Imperial Stout.
I should note, that along with Bull Creek and Bluebonnet, there are many other breweries that are on the verge of opening in Austin. These include Blue Owl, Last Stand, Ironsight, and Strangeland. We should have another great year for Austin area breweries.
3) Avery Rumpkin/Pump[KY]n – As many of you know already, Avery’s Rumpkin in bottles has come and gone. This weeks label approval for Rumpkin is solely for kegs, which means we may see that in keg form around town. With that said, up next is Pump[KY]n, which is their bourbon barrel pumpkin porter. This thing is quite boozy, coming in at over 17%. Since it is that high of ABV, there will be a more limited number of stores that will be able to sell it.
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