11 May 2011

HB 602 Dead?

On Tuesday, Scott Metzger, owner of Freetail Brewing, in San Antonio tweeted that an AB-InBev has objected to HB 602, effectively killing the bill.  According to a Beer, TX article by Ronnie Crocker:

. . .region vice president for state affairs Mark Bordas told senators that a provision limiting participation to breweries that produce less than 75,000 barrels per year unfairly “discriminates” against his company, which makes Budweiser, Bud Light, Ziegenbock and Michelob products at its brewery in east Houston.

The bill is pending in committee, making it's passage unlikely.

But if you've been following the news, this is a relatively new tactic from AB-InBev.  In Illinois, AB-InBev tried to buy a Budweiser distributor, but was blocked by Illinois law, which prohibits out-of-state brewers from self-distributing.  In state brewers can self-distribute.  When their attempt to buy the distributor was blocked, they filed suit and are attempting to stop all Illinois brewers from self-distributing their products, arguing discrimination.

I wonder how long it will before AB-InBev sues Texas to allow them to self distribute?

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