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"This bill is an effort to bring together the stakeholders to find a common ground, win-win solution that gives consumers more opportunities to drink great Texas beers, allows brewpubs to grow their businesses, and provides new clients for beer distributors." - Rep. Villarreal

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(Travis County) February 25, 2011, 11:24 am report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures (2/21/11)
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(Travis County) February 18, 2011, 10:08 am report abuse
The New York Times writes: Small Brewers Want to Tap Into a Little of the Action
(Travis County) February 2, 2011, 9:38 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I am very much in favor of this bill. This will provide more tax revenue to the state and allow small businesses to grow. These brewpubs would still be selling their beer through a distributor just like every other brewery in Texas. There is no downside to the bill.
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(Travis County) February 2, 2011, 8:04 am report abuse
(Travis County) February 1, 2011, 10:30 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
austinpolitics: no one in the HB660 forum (see URL is saying that HB 602 shouldn't pass, but that's not this discussion so it's not fair to give this bill a thumbs down based solely on that. Fill free to hit the "Suggest a Bill to" in the upper left corner of the page and start the conversation for HB 602 -- which I'll definitely give a thumbs up for as well!
(Travis County) January 31, 2011, 2:03 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
This is actually not a win for everyone because it gives brew pubs priority over production breweries. This bill states that a brew pub could sell their beer off site, however, currently a production brewery (one that you would buy at a bar or liquor store) can NOT sell even a 6-pack when you visit their facility. If this bill passes, HB602 needs to as well to be fair!
(Bexar County) January 31, 2011, 12:53 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
This seems like a no-brainer! It's silly that an out-of-state brewpub can be distributed in this state, but not a Texas brewpub!
(Travis County) January 31, 2011, 8:50 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I don't know why isn't already in effect! I love going to our great breweries in Texas and not being able to support those brewers by buying their beer at the brewery is a huge shame! I am so glad that this bill was filed and I hope that legislators can agree to pass this great bill!
( County) January 31, 2011, 7:55 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I love any bill that increases my access to a greater variety of beer :)
Lee Nichols
(Travis County) January 29, 2011, 7:30 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
This bill is good for Texas business. There's no logical reason to oppose it.
(Travis County) January 29, 2011, 1:23 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
As Rep. Villarreal says, everyone wins with this bill. I love Texas craft beer and I want to see more of it in stores. The way the law is now, I can buy beer brewed in a California brewpub in a Texas grocery store. I can't get any Texas brewpub beer there, though, because Texas brewpubs can only sell on-site. It's absurd that the current law favors out-of-state brewpubs over Texas brewpubs. Brewpubs are small businesses just like any other. Texas should should do everything it can to encourage their growth. Passing HB660 would mean more Texas-brewed craft beer, more Texas jobs, and more revenue for the state. Please vote yes!
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