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Wendy Davis’s Opposition to Malt Liquor Normal for Texas

By on 5.20.14 | 12:38PM

You would think Texas would welcome responsible drinking. After all, it’s a state of liberty, low taxes, and large sizes.

If you think that, you may also be outraged at Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’s opposition to malt liquor, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon. 

Robert Charette reports that in 1999:

Davis wanted to ban the adult beverage of choice of college students everywhere: 40-ounce beers.

DAGGER.

Davis went so far in her crusade against affordable alcohol, she claimed that the sale of 40-ounces cultivates a “homeless population.”

Unfortunately, Texas already has some strange, illogical beer laws.

To import from other states, distributors must apply for a license worth $6,000 a year.

Also, only in February 2014 did the state legislature allow brewpubs to sell their beers to third-party distributors and retailers.

From 1993 to 2014, brewpubs could only sell their beer on-site.

An even stranger law involves the labeling of beer itself. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires any beer over 4 percent ABV to be labeled an “ale” or a “malt liquor.” The regulation defies logic, as all ales are actually beer.

The word “ale” means any beer made with top-floating yeasts that isn’t chilled after or during fermentation.  

When it comes to liquor laws, Texas is just as complicated and regulatory as any other state. The only exception to the rule is Washington State, which legally eliminated the three-tier system in 2011.

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