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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Craft brewers lift a glass to new beer laws

When Texas legalized brewpubs in 1993, the owners could only sell their product on-site. That changed Jan. 1 with the implementation of the largest overhaul of the craft beer industry in two decades.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

New law aims to level playing field for Texas distillers

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday declared September “Texas Craft Spirits Month” as the state begins to implement new laws that give distillers more freedom to produce and sell in the state.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Panel discusses Sunday liquor sales

As the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee took up a bill that would allow liquor sales on Sundays, one committee member raised concerns about whether the legislation could make it easier for minors to access alcohol.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

San Marcos council bans alcohol consumption, display in city parks

The San Marcos City Council this evening approve a sweeping package of new parks rules including a ban on the consumption and display of alcohol.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Recreation board asks city council to ban alcohol in parks

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted unanimously Jan. 31 in favor of new parks rules that include a ban on the public consumption and display of alcohol in all city parks.

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Should the beer flow? Kyle, Buda voters will decide

The age of partial prohibition could be drawing to a close in Kyle and Buda. Voters will go to the polls next year to decide whether each town should fully relax its liquor laws, according to a...

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Small Texas brewers want to tap into bigger market

While the locally brewed beer business is booming nationally, it is lagging in Texas, where the laws governing distribution are restrictive. As a result, he said, the state is losing out on tax revenue.