CALL TO ACTION for SB1386 Update (Off-Premise Brewery Sales)

SB 1386, the bill that would allow consumers to buy directly from breweries for off-premise consumption, is currently delayed.

OTT members and friends:

As you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook, the planned-for-today Senate hearing for SB 1386 was postponed, and we need your help to get it back on track!

Just to recap: SB 1386 would allow consumers to purchase up to two cases of beer per month directly from breweries (think of special, limited releases or a six-pack after a tour, for example). You have consistently emphasized the importance of this as members of Open The Taps, and we strongly support this bill.

The postponement reportedly comes due to some distributors pressuring some members of the committee to make this issue into a big fight. As a result of these distributors’ actions, the Business & Commerce Committee has decided to delay the initial hearing and discussion, most likely until next week.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please, contact your Senator immediately, via phone if possible, especially if they are a member of the B&C Committee (Listed below).

Senator Kevin Eltife (chair & author of this bill – SD 1): (512) 463-0101 / (903) 596-9122
Senator Brandon Creighton (vice-chair – SD 4): (512) 463-0104 / (409) 838-9861
Senator Rodney Ellis (SD 13): (512) 463-0113 / (713) 236-0306
Senator Don Huffines (SD 16): (512) 463-0116
Senator Charles Schwertner (SD 5): (512) 463-0105 / (512) 863-8456
Senator Kel Seliger (SD 31): (512) 463-0131 / (806) 374-8994
Senator Larry Taylor (SD 11): (512) 463-0111 / (281) 485-9800
Senator Kirk Watson (SD 14): (512) 463-0114
Senator John Whitmire (SD 15): (512) 463-0115 / (713) 864-8701

We need phone calls and we need them badly. Let’s not let this bill get stalled because a few big distributors have more ears than the residents of Texas.