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THE PIONEER PORTER is one of the Fredericksburg Brewing Company’s (FBC) beers. New laws passed by the Texas Legislature allow brewpubs, like FBC, to distribute their beer outside of the restaurant. Before the laws’ enactment, brewpubs could only sell beer onsite. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Austin Eck

 

The Texas Legislature passed a series of beer-related bills into law during their latest session. Both bills expanded how breweries and brewpubs could sell their products.

Senate Bill 515 allows Brewpubs, like the Fredericksburg Brewing Company (FBC), to sell their beers to retailers and distributors.

Before the law was passed, brewpubs could only sell their beers onsite in glasses, to-go cups or 64 ounce growlers.  

FBC will continue to sell their beer in the traditional ways while they consider future expansion.

The FBC makes about a 1,000 barrels of beer a year. Under the new law, brewpubs can make up to 10,000 31-gallon-barrels of beer. Before, brewpubs could only legally produce 5,000 barrels of beer.

“Our biggest problem right now is that we are at max capacity with this equipment,” said Rick Green, brewmaster at FBC. “We pretty much sell everything that we make.”

To take advantage of the new laws, FBC has to expand their current brew room or build another facility to brew beer.

Brewers are waiting for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to interpret the laws that were just passed.

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