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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Should ‘made in Texas’ mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on Jason Isaac’s wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Q&A: Veteran peace officers take on 10-term incumbent for Hays County Pct. 2 constable

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Hays County’s longest-serving elected official, Pct. 2 Constable James H. Kohler, couldn’t be more confident that he will win his eleventh consecutive general election this fall. First, he must beat longtime peace officers...

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

State sued for ‘stifling the Texas craft beer renaissance’

Three Texas breweries filed a lawsuit against the state on Wednesday seeking to to overturn a 2013 law they say violates the Texas Constitution by forcing them to give away their territorial distribution rights for free.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Audio: New laws a boon for Texas craft breweries

Texas craft breweries are getting a big boost thanks to a new state law recently signed by Gov. Rick Perry allowing them to go head to head with major alcohol brands across the nation.

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.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Craft brew bills raise questions over alcohol code

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday acted as legislative referee over bills that would allow craft breweries to sell on their premises and self-distribute in Texas, but critics said the legislation would hurt the state's...

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

TABC changes what it means to be a beer

Until recently, beer drinkers who took their time to read the labels on their bottles or cans may have encountered some head-scratching fine print concerning Texas.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

San Marcos commission approves permits for two new bars

The San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission granted permits for two new bars on Tuesday: A Bobcat-themed bar near Texas State University and a higher-end lounge on the far south end of town.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Hays brewery preps for next round in alcohol regs fight

Jester King Craft Brewery is ready to fight again — whether in the Texas Legislature or in court — for the right to sell its products directly to the public.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

TABC develops apps to curb excessive, underage drinking

As college students from across the nation head to Texas beaches for spring break, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is already making plans to have new tools at its disposal for next year's partiers — mobile phone...

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