We are in a critical time trying to get the craft brewery bills passed. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. have been fighting tooth and nail to get these bill pushed that would ultimately help the Texas craft brewing industry. Many people are unaware the struggles micro-breweries face. Brock Wagner, founder of St. Arnold Brewing, is asking for your help to get these bills passed.
Here is a note from Brock about the bills and how you can help the fight:
We are sooooo close, but we haven't crossed the finish line yet. The craft brewery legislation that we have been working on in one way or another for the past ten years is getting close to actually becoming law. The bills have passed out of the Senate to the House where they have been voted out of committee. Now we need the entire House to vote on the bills so they will advance to the Governor for his signature. The House vote is scheduled for this Friday, May 17. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
About the Bills
We have a negotiated package of five bills (the craft brewery bills SB 515-518, SB 639) with agreement between craft breweries (both shipping breweries and brewpubs), beer distributors, consumers and even ABInBev. The bills are stapled together so all five have to pass in order for any of them to become law. Here is the summary of what they do:
* Grant Texas packaging breweries the right to sell their products directly to consumers for on-premise consumption (SB 518).
* Grant Texas brewpubs the right to sell their beer to distributors and allow for limited self-distribution (SB 515).
* Adjust Texas small brewers self-distribution limits to lower how much a brewery may self-distribute but increases the size of brewery that can self-distribute (SB 516-17).
* Codify the rule against "reach-back pricing", prohibit distributors from making payment to breweries in exchange for territorial exclusivity and codify certain contractual relationships between breweries and distributors (SB 639).
We ask that you please email your Texas House Representative and ask them to vote FOR the entire package of craft brewery bills SB 515, 516, 517, 518 & 639. All five bills must pass or else all five die.
Don't know who your Representative is? Follow this link to find out.
Your note doesn't have to be long. Just tell them you are a constituent in his/her district, you care about this issue and that you ask that they vote for these bills.
(Please do not contact your senator - they've already done their good work.)
Thanks for you support.
Les 3 Fourquets Lupulus Ale
Brewed by: Les 3 Fourquets
Location: Gouvy, Belgium
Style: Abby Tripel
A.B.V. (Alcohol By Volume) 8.5%
Flavor: Sweet and slightly tart. Spicy citrus
Aroma: Lemon, crisp hops and yeasty
Pairs well with: Roast pork, rich seafood like lobster.
Beer notes: Lupulus is a blonde ale with an alcohol proof of 8,5 %, refermented in champagne bottles and in casks. The choice not to filter the beer, as well as not to pasteurize it ensures its taste and aromatic quality. The use of hops in considerable quantities, in the cauldron as well as in full fermentation, gives this liquid gold a freshness and an incomparable bouquet. Store this beer, as it ought to be, next to your beloved Grand-Cru and serve at a temperature between 8 and 12°C (46,4 and 53,6°F). You'll be delighted! Cheers!
Find it: Available at Specs.
Yesterday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board announced a plan to lower the legal limit for drunk driving from .08% to .05%. In other words, you could get busted for having LESS alcohol in your system. They say it could save at least 1,000 lives per year. But it would still be up to each individual state to drop their level.
My friends, The Pint Jockeys in Texas City have put together a list of events they are doing all week down in Galveston. If you are down on the island go raise a toast to ACBW with the Pint Jockeys.
Here is the official Pint Jockey press release:
The Pint Jockeys will celebrate American Craft Beer Week between May 13-19, 2013 with a series of events leading up to the fifth annual Galveston Island Beach Revue May 17-18. The festivities kick off on Thursday, May 16 at the monthly Pint Jockeys tasting event, which will feature an all-Southern Star lineup, and continue into the weekend with a series of Pint Jockeys-sponsored events. On Friday, craft beer lovers can get an exclusive taste of “Pin-Up Pale Ale,” a custom Southern Star beer brewed right at Beerfoot Beach Bar, and revel throughout the weekend during the many Beach Revue happenings.
“We welcome the opportunity to support American Craft Beer Week and show off our extensive craft beer portfolio through these special, one-of-a-kind events,” said Matthew Sweatt, director of advertising and corporate social responsibility coordinator for Del Papa Distributing Company. “Craft breweries, made up of hard-working, creative individuals, deserve our support and we toast to their growth and continued success.”
Pint Jockeys-Supported American Craft Beer Week Events:
Thursday, May 16, 5 – 7 p.m.: Pint Jockeys Monthly Tasting Event will feature an all-Southern Star lineup at the Del Papa Distribution Center in Texas City. Free, open to adults 21+. (Hospitality Room, 1220 I-45, Texas City)
Friday, May 17, 5:45 p.m.: Tom Schwenk Realtor Parade to the Pier starts at 45th and Seawall and ends at the gates to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, where the 2013 Bathing Beauties contestants will be introduced and the Pint Jockeys will enjoy an evening of live music and retro fun. (Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier)
Friday, May 17, 10 p.m.: Pint Jockeys present a special “Beerfoot Brewery Series,” featuring an exclusive tasting of Southern Star’s custom-made “Pin-Up Pale Ale,” brewed at Beerfoot Beach Bar in honor of the Revue’s annual Bathing Beauties Contest. Free admission, open to adults 21+ and beverages are available for purchase. (Beerfoot Beach Bar)
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.: Bathing Beauties Contest (52nd and Seawall)
Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m. “Game Day at the Galvez” vintage baseball game. (Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.)
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Bands & Bombshells Concert sponsored by Pint Jockeys and Southern Star, featuring the Austin swing band “The Bellfuries,” and Galveston’s own Brandon McDermott Band. Enjoy a Southern Star Bombshell Blonde in the Beer Garden! (Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.) For more info click here
This week, May 13th to the 19th, casual beer drinkers and enthusiasts across the United States will raise their glass to celebrate craft brewers and homebrewers during American Craft Beer Week (ACBW).
This should get you in the spirit!