15 July 2011

"Yes, I sell beer in Texas, but if I tell you where you could buy it, I would have to kill you."

I've bitched about this before, and I'm gonna bitch about it again. In Texas, it is illegal for a brewery to tell you where to buy their beer. It's supposed to prevent breweries from establishing tied houses, where only one brand of beer is sold. However, it is being applied to restrict competition, so that MillerCoors and AB InBev, who are in virtually every location, can be assured that no one will be able to buy a competitors beer without a lot of footwork. Or, as an article on Reason.com put it: ". . . a rule that was supposed to discourage monopolies has become anti-competitive."

I'm surprised the Big Boys haven't closed the loophole that let's a brew pub tell people where to buy their beer.


posted by hiikeeba at 08:12


Blogger assurbanipaul said...

Yeah. This restriction got amended a year or two ago.

No longer illegal. Sorry to dampen your rant.

11:45 AM  

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