In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1545, which allows packaged beer to go to be sold from all breweries, regardless of license type. The law goes into effect Sept. 1, just in time for Labor Day weekend, said Dennis Wehrmann, owner of Franconia Brewing Co. in McKinney.
“Overall for the brewery community and for brewers itself, I mean, it’s definitely a big deal,” Wehrmann said. “It’s just a nice tool for us to advertise and market the product better.”
There are still limitations that come with the new law. Breweries can sell only 288 ounces of beer for off-premises consumption per person per day. That amounts to 24 12-ounce cans per person per day.
The law also allows breweries to hold special releases, such as barrel-aged brews that sell exclusively out of their taprooms.
McKinney-based Tupps Brewery President Keith Lewis said barrel-aged beer is something the brewery will offer in the future, including tequila, rum, whiskey or bourbon barrel beers. This allows Tupps to test the product on consumers visiting the brewery before selling it to the market. Lewis said Tupps will also offer one-off beers available at the brewery.
“At the end of the day, we will finally see an equalizer between wineries, distilleries and breweries,” Wehrmann said. “I mean, we’re still not quite there, but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”