This is a guest post by Andrew Schwab.
TABC Label & Brewery Approvals Sept 30 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.
(512) – Afternoon Delight, Cask Conditioned
(512) – Cafe Au Lait, Cask Conditioned
(512) – Coco Cerise, Cask Conditioned
(512) – Raspberry Beret, Cask Conditioned
(512) – Six, Belgian Style Dubbel
(512) – Violet Bauregard, Cask Conditioned
Abita – Bourbon Street Biere de Mars
Abita – Naughty Quaker Ale
Abita – Wrought Iron IPA
B-52 – Fest
Baird – Angry Boy Brown Ale
Baird – Red Rose Amber Ale
Baird – Kurofune Porter
Baird – Rising Sun Pale Ale
Baird – Sugura Bay Imperial IPA
Brash – Cortado Imperial Breakfast Stout
Brash – Secret Item Imperial IPA
Clown Shoes – Royal Standard Wee Heavy Ale
Crown Valley – Serrano Sidekick, American Pale w/ Peppers
Deep Ellum – Hatch Chile Stout
Dogfish Head – Beer Thousand
Dos Equis – Invierno Winter Bock
Independence – Ten Anniversary Ale
Infamous – Pumpkin Massacre Seasonal Ale (bombers)
Middleton – Black Lab Porter
Middleton – Bobcat Red
Middleton – Saison
New Belgium – Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
Pappy Slokum – Mac Pappy’s 80 Shilling
Pappy Slokum – Local Yella Cream Ale
Pappy Slokum – Tom 23 Imperial Red
Pappy Slokum – Caddo Peak Porter
Pappy Slokum – D’Bag Jimmy Belgian Pale Ale
Pappy Slokum – Oktoberfest Ale
Rahr & Sons – DFW Belgian Style Dubbel
Shipyard – Gingerbreadhead
Stone – 18th Anny
Stone – Coffee Milk Stout
Stone – Hibiscusicity
Stone – Xocoveza Mocha Stout
Stout Brewing Company – Great America Peach
Stout Brewing Company – Great America – Strawberry
Thirsty Planet – Black Bucket IPA
Uinta – Cahoots Saison
Brewery License Approvals:
Small Brewpub – Dallas
Bayou Teche – Lousiana
Beer Counter – UK
A couple of things to take from these releases:
1) A lot of new breweries are starting to get label approvals in Texas.
Baird is a Japanese craft brewery that looks to make some interesting beers. I have heard good things about them and look forward to trying them.
Pappy Slokum is a new brewery out of Abilene. They recently opened their doors and it looks like are starting to show up at bars in that region. That will be the second production brewery operating in the Abilene area along with one other brewpub. Who would have thought for that town. There is no word on if they will make it down to Austin or not.
Middleton is a brewpub near San Marcos. Seeing them show up on label approvals means that they are that much closer to releasing more of their beers to the market. I have had their beer back when it was a tiny place closer to Wimberley, and they make some solid beer. Definitely check out their new brewery. They currently are only open for growler fills but plan to open a full taproom in the near future. I know they do want to send a limited supply of beer to the Austin area.
2) Stone continues to give us their limited beers. Xocoveza is a collaboration between Stone, Chris Banker (who won the AHA homebrewing competition, and Cervezería Insurgente (a craft brewery in Mexico). This Mocha Stout is supposed to be resembling a Mexican hot chocolate drink. It is getting great reviews on Beer Advocate with a solid 97 score.
3) Infamous is now bottling bombers of their popular Pumpkin Massacre beer. It is good to see another local brewery putting out some solid beer in bomber form.
4) (512) is starting to have some fun with casks beers. They released one of those during the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. They are all in keg form only, so hopefully you will see them around town at your favorite bar.
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Andrew’s Bio: My craft beer journey started sometime in university when light beer just was not cutting it anymore. I started venturing out to the beer store and buying any 6 pack that I had not had before. This has now continued for ten years. You will see me visiting almost any and every brewery that I can. I have a passion for travel, craft beer, and college football.
When I am not drinking craft beer, I work as a manufacturing engineer in Austin.