Bills push for beer-to-go in Texas, local brew-pub supports it


    What's something that can bring Democrats and Republicans together? Beer-to-go.

    State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin and State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway have filed bills "relating to the sale of ale and beer by certain brewers and manufacturers to ultimate consumers for consumption off the brewers ’ or manufacturers ’ premises."

    The bills (SB 312 and HB 672) would allow breweries to sell "beer-to-go." That basically means that people could purchase bottled beers and growlers from craft breweries, and take them home.

    "As long as it's in a legal container, you're able to buy it in house and then walk out the door with it," says Tyler Blount, owner of the Neches Brewing Company in Port Neches.

    At Blount's business, people can already take beer-to-go because he has a brew-pub license.

    Blount says the bills could bring more opportunity to those who only have brewery licenses.

    "We're way behind the times as far as the beer laws in the state of Texas," he says. "It's nice to see that finally they're making these bills that are helping the smaller guys to succeed."

    Blount says the bills could also help him. He plans on expanding his business, and if he was to apply for a brewery license, he would want the opportunity to sell beer-to-go from that location.

    "When you do this, you get better margins for the actual business," he says.

    Whether the bills pass or not, when politicians try to help small businesses, Blount says "cheers" to that.

    "It's nice to see that the state is helping businesses grow," he says "That's the whole point, you know?"

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