The five bills collectively provide a new approach to help grow the expanding craft beer industry and update several business practices and regulatory issues in the Alcoholic Beverage Code.

Craft beer makers and brewpub owners will now be able to produce, market and sell their products direct to consumers in greater amounts. Brewpubs will be permitted to distribute up to 1,000 barrels of beer annually to outside consumers and breweries will be permitted to sell beer for on- site consumption.

Alcohol, beer & wine in Texas have been sold through an antiquated three-tier system that's been in place since the repeal of prohibition.

A study last year by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild found that the Texas’ independent craft brewery industry could generate an economic impact of $5.6 billion annually within a decade — while adding 52,000 jobs — if its development could resemble that of Texas’ wine industry after it underwent reform several years ago. 

(Austin Business Journal)