Sunday, August 4, 2013

For Nonpartisan Artisans: Craft Brewing in Texas...and Beyond!

On Friday, the New York Times (in partnership with the Texas Tribune) posted an interesting story about the impact of recent legislative changes on independent breweries in Texas. Effective September 1, 2013, the distribution and sale of craft-brewed beers in Texas will be much less restricted. 

The full-text of all relevant legislation (SB 516, 517, 518, 519) can be searched here, on the Texas Legislative Reference Library website:
And the NYT/Texas Tribune blog piece can be found here:
I got curious and started poking around online for additional information.  The following sites provide good detail about the laws that govern independent brewing across the nation.
Brewery Law
Legal Brewing (with a link here to two books on the subject)
Legal Libations
And this site which lists distribution laws for independently-brewed beer and wine
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - Home Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages State Statutes
Legal Status of Home brewing in the United States (Statutes -- Search by State)
And for a little cheese with your beverage of choice, visit the link below. The NCSL has complied a state-by-state summary of all the statutes and administrative codes that govern raw milk sales and distribution (as well as the sale and distribution of cheese made with unpasteurized dairy products).
One last resource: The library maintains a large collection of library research guides, called Lib Guides, which you can access via Stanley, the library's public site, and by searching the Web.  One of our reference librarians, Jessica Alexander, recently started her own compilation page of "Laws State by State," which you can access at the link below.  The 50-state surveys listed above (for the sale/distribution of craft brews and raw milk products) will soon be included.
Happy noshing!