Small Brewers Seek to Expand Market in Texas

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Craft beer brewers are asking Texas lawmakers to expand the market for their products.

Owners of brewpubs and small breweries are scheduled to make their case Tuesday to the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

In a recent report, an industry trade group counted 37 breweries and 41 brewpubs in the state. They say the state's current alcoholic beverage laws give an unfair advantage to big national distributors.

Republican Sen. Kevin Eltife (el-TIFE) of Tyler has filed bills that would let small breweries sell beer during tours and let brewpubs sell their beer in retail stores.

Similar bills have failed in the last two legislative sessions. The main opposition came from the trade group Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas.

The group's lobbyist did not return a call seeking comment.