The Texas Tribune went on to state that, under House Bill 3287, “[i]n addition to its own beer, any brewery owned by an outside company will have the sum of that company's beer also count toward its yearly threshold. The company must own at least 25 percent of the brewery for this provision to take affect.” Notably, the Texas Tribune reported that three Texas breweries recently purchased by large breweries will be exempt from the law, for now, and will not need to pay distributors the tax at their existing facilities.
Craft breweries should watch closely whether their own states follow Texas’s lead. Those who operate businesses related to craft breweries, such as real estate developers and shopping center landlords who seek craft breweries as tenants, should also take note. Laws similar to the one passed by Texas could make it harder to maintain existing craft breweries. For more information about the topic of this blog post, please contact Weber Law, P.A.’s Steven D. Weber at 305-377-8788 or email@example.com.For more information about the topic of this blog post, please contact Weber Law, P.A.’s Steven D. Weber at 305-377-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30, 2017
NEW LAW TAKES AIM AT CRAFT BREWERIES
Craft breweries around the country, and businesses related to them, should pay close attention to whether their own states follow the lead of Texas. As reported by the Texas Tribune, House Bill 3287, which was recently passed into law, “will force breweries that produce more than 225,000 barrels of beer a year to pay a distributor to deliver that beer — even if they're delivering it to on-site taprooms just yards away from where it's produced.” Proponents of the legislation point out that that this law will not change the status quo for now because the craft breweries in Texas currently produce less than the amount stated in the law. However, it goes without saying that the bill may eventually reach those breweries as their production increases over time.