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Texas Craft Brewers Guild Forms CraftPAC

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Beer Laws in Texas are Broken. That is the headline of the newly formed Political Action Committee aimed at protecting the rights of Texas breweries and championing for constructive, common sense legislative reforms. CraftPAC was established by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild earlier this week to raise funds that will be used to support various political initiatives designed to improve job growth and the economic impact of the Texas brewing industry.

Photo courtesy of CraftPAC
Photo courtesy of CraftPAC

Last year the state of Georgia passed legislation allowing breweries to sell beer for on site consumption, which put Texas at the top of the list for the state with the most restrictive beer laws.

And then last year, in a twist that blind sided the Texas craft brewing industry, House Bill 3287 requiring certain breweries to pay distributors a fee for any beer sold in a brewery’s taproom was fast tracked and passed despite opposition from the Guild and consumers who voiced their opinion via a petition signed by 15,000+ craft beer supporters.

It was a devistating setback for the industry and growth potential in Texas as stated in the CraftPAC press release, “The wholesale lobby has exerted massive influence in the state legislature by contributing tens of millions of dollars to elected officials,” CraftPAC Board Chair and Austin Beerworks Co-Founder Adam DeBower said. “If the Texas craft brewing industry is ever going to achieve its full potential, it has to play on the same field as the wholesalers. CraftPAC provides an opportunity for Texas craft brewers and beer consumers to vote not just with their dollars out in the marketplace, but also in the halls of the state Capitol.”

Photo courtesy of CraftPAC

It is well past time for change and you can help. The wholesale lobby is well organized and it’s time to level the playing field. Donate to CraftPAC today and join the fight to make Texas one of the best craft beer states in the nation!

Keep up with CraftPAC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use #CraftPAC and #FixTexasBeerLaws to show your support.

Photo courtesy of CraftPAC

 


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  1. The Maryland State Legislature is also got a grip on Maryland breweries with the help of state and national distributors. When a distributor gets thousands and thousands of dollars for selling more 30packs of coors, bud and miller, craft beers become the roadblock, despite the high demand for them. Also, many distributors serve on state senator and delegate campaigns as officers, which also gets them the valuable ear for their need to restrict the laws when it comes to Maryland breweries. Just introduced, Bill 518 has just been dropped and will be discussed on February 23rd in Maryland. Its now or never to change the antiquated laws of Maryland. You can see more at:

    Great news! Our bill to save Maryland’s craft beer industry now has a number and a hearing date. House Bill 518 – the Reform on Tap Act of 2018 – will receive a bill hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee on Friday, February 23. Hearings begin at 1 p.m.

    For all of you who believe in Maryland’s amazing craft brewers and care about the good beer, good jobs and community benefits they create, I’d ask that you consider doing the following:

    1) Contact your senator and delegates by phone and/or e-mail and ask them to support Maryland beer by supporting House Bill 518.

    2) Sign our petition, which we will present to the members of the committee, and collect at least 10 more signatures from your family, friends, colleagues and fellow craft beer fans. An electronic copy can be found here…www.surveymonkey.com/r/savemdbeer

    3) Plan to attend the bill hearing to show your support for Maryland beer.

    We’ll be talking much more about this in the days to come. I’m grateful to each of you for your support of the Reform on Tap effort thus far, and we need your help now more than ever. It’s 518 in Maryland!

    Great news! Our bill to save Maryland’s craft beer industry now has a number and a hearing date. House Bill 518 – the Reform on Tap Act of 2018 – will receive a bill hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee on Friday, February 23. Hearings begin at 1 p.m.

    For all of you who believe in Maryland’s amazing craft brewers and care about the good beer, good jobs and community benefits they create, I’d ask that you consider doing the following:

    1) Contact your senator and delegates by phone and/or e-mail and ask them to support Maryland beer by supporting House Bill 518.

    2) Sign our petition, which we will present to the members of the committee, and collect at least 10 more signatures from your family, friends, colleagues and fellow craft beer fans. An electronic copy can be found here…www.surveymonkey.com/r/savemdbeer

    3) Plan to attend the bill hearing to show your support for Maryland beer.

    We’ll be talking much more about this in the days to come. I’m grateful to each of you for your support of the Reform on Tap effort thus far, and we need your help now more than ever. It’s 518 in Maryland!

    Great news! Our bill to save Maryland’s craft beer industry now has a number and a hearing date. House Bill 518 – the Reform on Tap Act of 2018 – will receive a bill hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee on Friday, February 23. Hearings begin at 1 p.m.

    For all of you who believe in Maryland’s amazing craft brewers and care about the good beer, good jobs and community benefits they create, I’d ask that you consider doing the following:

    1) Contact your senator and delegates by phone and/or e-mail and ask them to support Maryland beer by supporting House Bill 518.

    2) Sign our petition, which we will present to the members of the committee, and collect at least 10 more signatures from your family, friends, colleagues and fellow craft beer fans. An electronic copy can be found here…www.surveymonkey.com/r/savemdbeer

    3) Plan to attend the bill hearing to show your support for Maryland beer.

    We’ll be talking much more about this in the days to come. I’m grateful to each of you for your support of the Reform on Tap effort thus far, and we need your help now more than ever. It’s 518 in Maryland!
    https://www.facebook.com/peterfranchot/photos/a.193567594080634.34236.190343811069679/1381884318582283/?type=3&theater

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