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Bill that could hurt craft breweries moves forward in Texas Senate

A bill that could hurt craft breweries in Texas in moving forward in the Senate. (Cutout Photo: Jim Werner / CC BY-SA 2.0 )

A bill that could hurt craft breweries in Texas in moving forward in the Senate.

HB 3287 requires breweries to sell their beer to a distributor then buy it back to sell it in the taproom. It applies to breweries who make more than 225,000 barrels of beer per year.

Local breweries say state lawmakers are hurting the smaller businesses.

"You basically have to pay a fee or a tax to be able to sell our own beer that we make on premise at our taproom at our own facility. In another industry, you'd call it a shakedown," said Adam Debower, co-owner of Austin Beerworks.

The bill passed out of a Senate committee Friday. The House has already passed a similar version,

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