Today in Texas it’s legal for locals and tourists alike to visit a winery, distillery, or brewpub and purchase these producers’ products to go. But walk into one of our Texas craft breweries and you are forbidden by law from purchasing souvenir bottles, six-packs, or growler fills. All over Texas, craft breweries are creating jobs, supporting their local communities, and providing immense economic impact to the state. However, their success is limited by an archaic, broken alcoholic beverage code that prohibits these small businesses from engaging in to-go sales.
Here’s a not-so-fun-fact: To-go sales are now legal for craft breweries in 49 other states! In other words, Texas breweries do not get to compete on a level playing field with breweries in the rest of the country and over 90 percent of Americans get to enjoy a right that Texans who value direct access to locally manufactured goods do not.
As proud Texans, we don’t like being last. This non-sensical prohibition is to the detriment of the breweries, their patrons, and the state of Texas.