While I understand that their intentions are to help the flourishing craft beer community here in the great state of Texas, they are absolutely approaching this in the complete wrong way. Breweries are growing at a very fast past. Deep Ellum brewed 33,000 barrels of beer in 2016 and will soon have the capacity to produce as much as 90,000 barrels. That’s a Two-Thirds jump in only one year and as demand for quality craft beer continues to grow, breweries will continue to grow with that trend at a staggering pace.
What are people doing about HB3287?
The Texas Craft Brewers Guild recently sent out a tweet about this bill and the damage it can cause:
— TX Craft Brewers (@TXCraftBrewers) May 6, 2017
The guild represents the majority of craft breweries in the great state of Texas. They understand that passage of this bill does absolutely nothing to stop the macro-breweries from trying to stifle the competition (If you call craft breweries their competition). As they state in the Tweet, they understand the long term implications of this bill.
When it comes to craft breweries in the state of Texas, our legislators just don’t get it. They don’t understand the revenue our craft brewers are bringing to the economy because of the sale of beer on premise at a brewery taproom (I’ll save the packaged beer argument for another article), nor the jobs being created by these same brewers. Make sure you contact your local representative and let them know your displease at the passage of this bill in the House and let’s try and keep this bill from making to the Senate!
Check out the original bill Here.