It’s Beer, People: Grassroots Group Mobilizes Craft Beer Consumers to Speak Out in Austin

The board members of Open the Taps at the Bay Area Mashtronauts’ annual competition, Lunar Rendezbrew.
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Written by Dana Guthrie for yourhoustonnews.com

To force political change, you need either big money or a big voice.

Where the Texas beer industry is concerned, big money has the biggest voice. But one group of craft beer consumers, Open the Taps, is gaining ground and hopes to bring about a shift of power in Austin.
Craft beer is no longer a fledgling industry in the United States, but here in Texas, state laws protect big beer distributors and make it difficult for smaller breweries to be successful.

For example, a brewery can sell its beer from a restaurant or distribute beer to bars and retail outlets, but not both. That’s why you can’t bring home a six pack after the St. Arnold’s brewery tour.

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