The Texas Package Stores Association (TPSA), Beer Alliance of Texas (BAT), Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Texas (WSWT), and Texas Distilled Spirits Association (TDSA) have forged a significant compromise aimed at strengthening the already flourishing Texas alcohol industry. This collaborative agreement not only enhances customer convenience, but also places paramount importance on public safety and upholds the integrity of the Texas alcohol three-tier system.
Under the newly enacted legislation, SB 2284, Texas distillers will soon double the number of bottles they are permitted to sell at their distilleries. Beginning September 1, the holder of a distiller’s and rectifier’s permit can sell up to four 750 ml bottles of distilled spirits to the same customer in a 30-day period at the Texas distillery. Recognizing the need to strike a balance between Texas distilleries support and robust industry oversight, the four organizations are committed to opposing the expansion of direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of alcohol in future Texas legislative sessions. The compromise is rooted in a shared dedication to preventing underage access to alcoholic beverages, safeguarding the integrity of the Texas three-tier alcohol system, and promoting a dynamic and competitive marketplace.
“We’re thrilled to announce this momentous compromise between TPSA, BAT, WSWT and TDSA,” said Lance Lively, Executive Director of the Texas Package Stores Association. “This agreement exemplifies the unwavering dedication of our associations to serving the needs of Texas consumers while bolstering local businesses, upholding the core principles of the Texas three-tier system, and preserving public health and safety."
Ricky Knox, President of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Texas, echoed the sentiment, “By jointly opposing future DTC spirits and beer legislation, we are creating an environment where Texas small businesses can thrive without being overshadowed by large, out-of-state players.”
“This innovative agreement showcases the strength and unity of the Texas alcoholic beverage industry and its commitment to fostering innovation, public health and safety, and local economic development. Through our collective efforts, TPSA, BAT, WSWT and TDSA have established a framework that benefits Texas consumers, supports local businesses, and upholds the highest industry standards,” stated Rick Donley, President, Beer Alliance of Texas.
Amber Hausenfluck, Government Relations for the Texas Distilled Spirits Association, said, “This partnership marks a significant milestone in the ongoing evolution of the Texas spirits industry. By partnering, Texans, as well as national and international visitors, will now have more opportunities to explore and support distilleries in Texas.”