Governor Abbot announced today that breweries and brewpubs can reopen their taprooms effective May 22nd at a 25% capacity, but will they?
Your trusted CraftBeerAustin.com team is reaching out to breweries this week to provide you with a list of who will reopen and it what capacity.
Highlights from the Open Texas guidance:
- Outside seating is not restricted to 25% capacity; however, safe distancing of tables is required
- Bar seating is prohibited and must be blocked for sitting or ordering
- Service is only to be provided to individuals seated at a table. No more than six persons at a table
- The TABC has been asked to closely monitor, assess and suspend the licenses of violators
Governor Abbot’s message on April 27 outlined a plan to slowly reopen Texas businesses by allowing the stay at home order expire on April 30 and permitting multiple retailers to open for business. However, again, the language in the order did not provide any direct guidance for allowing breweries and brewpubs to reopen.
Per the Open Texas Report, the guidance states:
“As used in executive order GA-18, this applies only to restaurants that are not required to post the 51% sign required by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery services.”
So what does that mean exactly? It all comes down to two different signs that denote the percentage of alcohol versus total gross receipts for the purpose of concealed carry laws. Per the TABC signage requirements, all alcoholic beverage retailers must post one of two signs. The blue sign indicates that the establishment’s alcohol sales are 50% or less of the total gross receipts, and therefore, carrying a concealed weapon is permitted. The red sign indicates the establishment’s on-premises consumption of alcohol sales constitutes more than half of gross receipts, making the possession of any concealed weapon illegal.
Technically, any brewpub or brewery with the blue sign would be allowed to reopen their business on Friday in accordance with the requirements laid out by the Open Texas guidance, which includes only allowing 25% of dining capacity, adhering to social distancing, sanitizing procedures and providing disposable menus, among other measures. Regardless of the new measures, many businesses will choose to remain operating as they do today.
Further, the TABC released it’s guidance as follows:
Here is a list of brewpubs that could potentially decide to open given their TABC signage:
BATCH CRAFT BEER & KOLACHES
BEAR KING BREWERY
CENTRAL MACHINE WORKS
DOUBLE HORN BREWING COMPANY
HELL OR HIGH WATER BREWING
HOLD OUT BREWING
LAZARUS BREWING COMPANY (opening the patio on May 8th, but only for to-go orders)
ROOT CELLAR CAFE
SUDS MONKEY BREWING COMPANY
THE AUSTIN BEER GARDEN BREWING COMPANY
THE BLACK STAR CO-OP
THE BREWTORIUM (Their statement on social media)