August 29, 2019
Texas has more than six times the number of active beer production licenses than it did at the beginning of the decade, according to a report by JLL. Even with this growth, however, the industry ranks 30th in economic impact per capita, and 46th in number of breweries per capita, mainly because of restrictive state laws around alcohol sales.
However, the passage of Texas House Bill 1545 during the recent Texas Legislature is likely to change all of that, allowing off-premise beer sales from manufacturing craft breweries. The “Beer-to-Go” bill, as it has been dubbed, means “more entrants to the craft beer scene are expected, increasing competition and revenue for craft breweries across the state,” JLL said.
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