Friday, May 27, 2011

Beer lovers hosed again

If you're a fan of bland beer with little taste but a lot of marketing oomph, you should be happy that HB602 failed to be offered up for a vote in the Texas Senate.

But, if you're a fan of unique, handcrafted beers and ales made here in the Lone Star State, consider yourself screwed (again).

HB602 would have allowed craft breweries to offer beer for sale to folks who tour the brewery. Sounds pretty harmless, does it not.

Apparently not to the big bad boys at Anheuser-BuschInBev who lodged a last minute objection to the bill. The big boys weren't happy that they would not be allowed to sell beer at their brewery factory. Of course they don't offer tours to show folks how they butcher the world's most beautiful beverage.

As you can see from the witness list, the only witness opposing the bill was Anheuser-Busch.

The purpose of the bill was to help promote craft breweries in the state. You know, more people buying beer that's made in Texas, boosting the local economy, all that good stuff. Of course, if more people drank craft beers then fewer people would drink that watered-down, tasteless, wretched brew made by the boys from St. Louis.

And what would be wrong with that?

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