Cheers to New Beer Laws!

You could practically hear the collective clink of glasses toasting the recent victory for craft beer breweries and beerpubs — and their fans. The Senate last month passed hard-fought-for laws that give brewpubs and breweries greater opportunity to get their product into more consumer’s hands … and mouths.

Bill 515 allows brewpubs to sell their products to distributors to sell on store shelves or distribute a limited amount (1,000 of their 10,000 barrels) themselves. Bill 518 allows breweries that produce less than 225,000 barrels to offer sales of their products for on-premise consumption. (Breweries are prohibited from selling their products in to-go bottles at their location to be consumed off premises, however.)

With the passage of the so-called Texas Freedom Beer laws, many local breweries are giving up their brewery license in favor of a brewpub license. With a brewpub license, they can take advantage of all avenues to reach fans: they can sell to distributors, sell their products for on-premises consumption and offer consumers the opportunity to buy bottles to take home.

The new laws also mean local pubs can finally support their local breweries. Before the new laws, local pubs could buy and serve craft beer from other states, but it was illegal for them to serve beer made at the brewery down the street or across town.

Although paperwork still has to go through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission before pubs can start selling your favorite craft beer, it gives pubs and brewpubs plenty of time to get their Lancer beer dispensing equipment primed and ready to pour.

For an overview of how the new laws are affecting Austin breweries, click here.

Introducing Brett Catliffe

My name is Brett Catliffe and I like everything about beer. You could say it runs in my veins, but that might give the wrong impression.  I’ve been in the beer business for over 15 years.  I began my career in the industry as a beer system installer, progressed to General Manager of a leading beer and refrigeration installation/service company in Sydney Australia, and began my career with Lancer in 2009.   My wife and I moved from Australia to San Antonio, Texas in 2011 for the launch of Lancer’s Draught Beer Division in the United States.  Australia and Texas actually have a lot in common: big cities and wide open spaces and our love for beer and barbie.

I’ve been a part of designing, installing, and servicing thousands of draft beer systems throughout my career, including the largest beer installation system in Australia at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.  If there is anything you’d like to know about the world of draught beer dispensing, I’m your guy!

Brett Catliffe
Project Manager- Beer Division




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