Archive for the ‘Brewsweek’ Category

ICYMI: Twin Peaks: In-house brewery could be key to success

Credit: Charlie L. Harper III

We love to see restaurants taking advantages of the new freedom craft beers have thanks to the laws passed last session by the Texas Lege with the support of the craft brew industry, the wholesalers and the retailers. This report in the National Restaurant News discusses how this restaurant chain, which also owns the Ojos [...]

Study: The three-tier system helps good craft beer thrive


A fascinating and insightful analysis recently released by The Boston Consulting Group unequivocally states what many of us have argued for a long time: Good craft beer survives on its merits, and thrives in an open-distribution system such as the three-tier system that exists in Texas. It is a great explainer for those who can’t [...]

Chron: For brewer, emphasizing tradition, community pays


We’re kind of in the summer doldrums, not much going on with people on vacation and such, but one of my favorite beer writers, Ronnie Crocker, hit another homer with this great profile of St. Arnold’s and their pioneering spirit when it comes to making great beer and changing the way Americans drink it. From [...]

Congrats to East Texas cities for voting in beer and wine sales

Bumper sticker by Two Brothers brewing in Aurora, IL.

Some exciting politics happening in East Texas over the weekend, with four cities voting down antiquated dry laws and allowing beer and wine sales. Soon the folks in Van, Grand Saline, Gilmer and Quitman will be able to not only enjoy a tasty beverage without driving far and wide to get it, but they’ll also [...]

What’s the meaning of craft beer these days? Thanks in part to Big Beer, who knows?


I like the treatment of this issue by the brilliant people over at Texas Public Radio, who ask the question that will get any non-hipster kicked off Rainey Street in Austin in a matter of seconds: What exactly IS craft beer anymore? We know what craft beer used to be. We think we know it [...]

Jester King wins prestigious small-brew industry activism award


Congratulations to Texas’ own Jester King Brewery, which this week received the F. X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry award at the huge Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference happening right now in Denver. Just about 9,000 people are attending this conference, and the award to Jester King is the burgeoning industry’s nod to [...]

Flip-flop by Texas craft brewers ignores one thing: They’re fighting the laws that help them

A modern brewery

Texas has one of the strongest craft brew environments in the country, made even stronger by a package of laws that crafts and distributors hammered out and agreed to during the last legislative session. Less than a year after those laws took effect, however, the legislative director of the state’s craft brewers group is backpedaling [...]

Your Turn: Join the TABC biennial strategy session on Tuesday


It’s your turn to tell the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission what their priorities should be – and as a vital part of Texas’ celebrated alcoholic beverage industry, the TABC needs to hear from you. Clear the decks next Tuesday, March 25, and plan to join the TABC to discuss the agency’s strategic plan for 2013-17 [...]

First round: Time to update the TABC’s operational plan


On March 25, 2014, stakeholders in Texas’ alcoholic beverage industry will meet to discuss how much progress the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has made on the following goals, set out in March 2012, and what needs updating for the future. Details of the meeting here. After your input, here’s what they came up with in [...]

Historic milestone for craft brews in Texas – first TX brewpub to distribute keg under new laws


AUSTIN _ We have ourselves some history in the making tomorrow, when Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse in Austin becomes the first Texas brewpub in the history of Texas to have its beer distributed through a third party to bars and restaurants across Texas. The Friday afternoon event is open to the public and is [...]

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