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(Austin Statesman)   To get around the restrictive state laws on alcohol, Texas brewery gives away its beer for free, but makes customers purchase empty pint glasses   (statesman.com) divider line 19
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2012-10-13 11:36:38 PM  
2 votes:
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2012-10-13 11:10:41 PM  
2 votes:

intelligent comment below: State alcohol laws? So much for "freedom" those conservatives always proclaim


Most states have a 3 tier beer law. A lot of union money lobbying to keep them in place, too. Watch the movie "beer wars" if you have the time. A few years old, but relevant.
The Christian conservative usually just push for a dry county.
2012-10-13 11:06:00 PM  
2 votes:
Yeah, maybe state laws vary in their language, by I remember in college that selling a cup and giving away the beer still amounted to selling alcohol without a license.
2012-10-13 11:04:12 PM  
2 votes:
State alcohol laws? So much for "freedom" those conservatives always proclaim
2012-10-13 11:01:58 PM  
2 votes:
So, free refills?
2012-10-13 09:44:19 PM  
2 votes:
You're not paying for sex, you're paying for champagne.
2012-10-13 11:55:53 PM  
1 votes:
Has anyone been to East Austin Hops & Grain? zobear jr. & I are going to Austin to check out UT for her college and...well...

I like beer.
2012-10-13 11:51:34 PM  
1 votes:
Ah, Prohibition; a failed, misguided experiment in telling adults they can't drink something because we don't think it's good for them.

Are you listening, NYC?
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2012-10-13 11:49:40 PM  
1 votes:

USAF Retired: I regularly attend antique car parts swap meets. The food and drink vendors have a captive audience and the prices reflect this.... A few enterprising folks have tubs of used spark plugs and signs that say "Buy a spark plug for a dollor and get a coke or hot dog for free"....They sell alot of used spark plugs....... Funny thing though..Most people drop the spark plugs back in the tub as they walk away.


Well that is easy to defeat. Just rewrite the vendor contracts specifying that they are the sole food providers. That covers everything sold or given away. That's what the vendor had done at my alma mater before siccing health department inspectors on every impromptu student pizza party on campus and threatening to sue the school unless they barred every delivery service from bringing food onto campus and have the police issue trespass warnings against any violators.

I can't believe that you guys have such weaksauce rules down there. Your vendors have really sucky lawyers reviewing their contracts.
2012-10-13 11:46:27 PM  
1 votes:
No other state in the union takes "state pride" to the level Texas does. I lived there for 20+ years. It's the only state in which I could go to Home Depot and buy a state flag to fly off the porch.

But when it comes to so many "quality of life" issues, of which beer is a part, TX sucks balls. WA beer kicks TX beer's ass! There are three breweries within the city limits of Seattle which have lines better than anything TX produces.

Don't mess with Texas ... fark Texas.

//Texass...a good place to be from.
2012-10-13 11:28:09 PM  
1 votes:
I often wonder how much cooler the U.S. would be if we hadn't dabbled in the failed experiment known as Prohibition. Who knows how many delicious brews disappeared because someone decided that fun should be outlawed. 

/The beverage equivalent of burning the Library of Alexandria. :(
2012-10-13 11:27:03 PM  
1 votes:

Satanic_Hamster: DownDaRiver: I would have figured that Texas would be a pretty open, non-restrictive state when it came to alcohol.

Oh no. Remember, conservatives love freedom of commerce... For big businesses. Not small ones.

This is reason that in state producers are farked in Texas. Texas wine makers can't make direct shipments to customers, local beer and wine producers have retarded sales and distribution restrictions. All to protect big producers.


Sounds a lot like what Gov farkhead did here in WI to help MillerCoors keeps all the good breweries from eating its lunch.

Also, the bill that is mentioned was written by MillerCoors lobbyists and handed to Gov. and friends to put into action.

And no, he didn't veto the bill when it came to his desk. He had been asked by people on both sides of the aisle to veto it, as well as by the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild, which consists of many brewpubs and microbreweries.

They's creatin' jerbs!!!!
2012-10-13 11:23:38 PM  
1 votes:
I regularly attend antique car parts swap meets. The food and drink vendors have a captive audience and the prices reflect this.... A few enterprising folks have tubs of used spark plugs and signs that say "Buy a spark plug for a dollor and get a coke or hot dog for free"....They sell alot of used spark plugs....... Funny thing though..Most people drop the spark plugs back in the tub as they walk away.
2012-10-13 11:21:49 PM  
1 votes:
Armadillo Ales in Denton has been doing that while they work on getting all their licences. Can't wait till we can get it on tap in the bars
KIA
2012-10-13 11:20:43 PM  
1 votes:
The ABC folks are only a smidge better than the teetotalers. All of them are just a bit better than the revenuers.

Overall, I'd say: let the FDA inspect plants and products like they do with any other food producer, then let them sell it. Tax them at point of sale and get rid of the cumbersome bureaucratic overhead. Let people buy or not buy as they see fit. Sheesh.
2012-10-13 11:19:58 PM  
1 votes:
Seeing as how Texas state law enforcement is famously toothless and ineffective, I predict they'll be laughing right in those Rangers faces when they show up to try to enforce their silly little 'laws'.
2012-10-13 11:17:47 PM  
1 votes:

DownDaRiver: I would have figured that Texas would be a pretty open, non-restrictive state when it came to alcohol.


Oh no. Remember, conservatives love freedom of commerce... For big businesses. Not small ones.

This is reason that in state producers are farked in Texas. Texas wine makers can't make direct shipments to customers, local beer and wine producers have retarded sales and distribution restrictions. All to protect big producers.
2012-10-13 11:05:53 PM  
1 votes:

John Buck 41: fusillade762: You're not paying for sex, you're paying for champagne her to leave.


Damn, you beat me too it.

/ at least I hit refresh before posting it
2012-10-13 09:32:32 PM  
1 votes:
Excellent!
 
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