Texas Beer

Today in 1845, Texas became the 28th state.


Texas Breweries

Texas Brewery Guides

Guild: Texas Craft Brewers Guild

State Agency: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission


  • Capital: Austin
  • Largest Cities: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth
  • Population: 20,851,820; 2nd
  • Area: 268601 sq.mi., 2nd
  • Nickname: Lone Star State
  • Statehood: 28th, December 29, 1845


  • Alcohol Legalized: September 15, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 37
  • Rank: 18th
  • Beer Production: 19,850,556
  • Production Rank: 2nd
  • Beer Per Capita: 25.3 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 39.4%
  • Cans: 54.6%
  • Kegs: 5.3%

Beer Taxes (4% or Less):

  • Per Gallon: $0.19
  • Per Case: $0.44
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $6.00
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $6.00

Beer Taxes (Over 4%):

  • Per Gallon: $0.20
  • Per Case: $0.45
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $6.14
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $6.14

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $2,297,903,903
  • Direct Impact: $7,164,583,859
  • Supplier Impact: $5,622,775,974
  • Induced Economic Impact: $6,873,411,601
  • Total Impact: $19,660,771,434

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: Monday-Friday: 7am-midnight
    Saturday: 7am-1am
    Sunday: 12pm-midnight.
    Some cities/counties permit sale until 2am (with license).
    Off Premises: Beer/Non-hard liquor —
    7 a.m. to midnight (Mon.-Fri.)
    7 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (Sat.)
    12:00 p.m. to midnight (Sun.)
    Hard Liquor —
    10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.)
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: No alcohol cap but ABV > 15.5% requires additional license, so many places are beer/wine only.
    Wet/dry issues determined by city/county election.
    Liquor stores statewide closed all day Sunday.
    An alcoholic beverage served (on-premise) to a customer between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday must be provided during the service of food to the customer. 29 Texas counties are completely dry. In many counties, public intoxication laws are vigorously upheld.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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