SHERMAN, TX – Some big changes could be coming for the beer industry in Texas. Several bills are making their way through the Senate that could directly effect the way all breweries do business.
As Jeremy Roberts looks at all the progress he’s made moving towards opening his craft brewery in Sherman, there’s a fear in the back of his mind that he can’t quite shake.
“Should we even do this, should we even open the brewery in Texas?”
Five bills making their way through the Texas Senate could change the beer industry across the state.
“My worst case scenario is, we may not be able to make a profit, and if we can’t then 903 Brewers may not exist in the next few years,” said Roberts.
The bill causing a lot of controversy is Senator David Carona’s SB 639, which looks to change current law relating to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages.
Roberts says the it would allow distributors to control the price of his product.
“They’re gonna tell me what I can sell my beer for as well as if I’m only going to be able to sell my beer for a certain amount, I’m not going to be able to make the quality of beer that I want to make.”
It’s a change, Roberts says will make it nearly impossible for his business to grow, and bring jobs to the community.
“That’s what’s been going on for a long time now, our Government is hurting our small people.”
“Sounds a little bit like controlling the price, I mean ya know someone have control they don’t need.”
But progress was made on Tuesday, as a spokesman for Senator Carona tells us.
“Senator Van de Putte, Senator Eltife, and Senator Carona all worked to bring everybody to the table and work together and work through everybody’s concerns and it’s clear that not everybody got everything they wanted, but everybody comes out of this in a much better position,” said Director of Senate Business Commerce Committee, Steven Polunsky.
Tuesday all five bills included in what’s known as the “Craft Bills Package” were passed by the Business & Commerce Committee, but they still have a long way to go, starting with a pass through the full senate.