COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- House Bill 3287 is now in effect and is leaving a bitter taste in Texas brewers mouths.
Under House Bill 3287, if a brewing company produces more than 225,000 barrels of beer the brewer would have to pay a distributor to deliver the beer. Chris Weingart, who’s a brewer and co-founder of Blackwater Draw, says this could take around 28% of a brewer's profit.
"We lobbied hard for our senators, Weingart said. “Unfortunately, that did not work out. As an industry, it effects us as a whole is that it really puts a cap on your success. "
Blackwater Draw, who is producing around 10,000 barrels of beer, is far from that 225,000 barrel number. However, Chris fears that this could set a dangerous precedent.
"In my mind, it doesn't seem ethical and unfair practice in Texas,” Weingart said. "It scares me that if it continues to go back on this law, they can reach back on our opportunity to brew public distribute beer. They can reach back on our opportunity to exist."
The bottom line for you is that this potentially increases the cost of your beer. Brewing companies now must account for that new distributor charge being put on them.
"And that's crazy to think that legislators are completely ok with forcing the prospect of businesses opening in Texas out of state in order benefit a small segment beer and liquor industry,” Weingart said.