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Texas Senate support could help the business of craft breweries

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Craft beer brewing, in Texas, is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, the state Senate has given unanimous support to the first of several bills that could expand how those businesses make money.

At popular breweries, Like Saint Arnold, tours include an opportunity to sample some suds.

But legal restrictions prevent customers from buying beer, directly from brewers.

In Austin, a package of bills is gaining support that would, first, allow craft brewers to sell their products for on-site consumption.

It would also allow the state's brew-pub restaurants to sell a portion of their products to distributors, for sale in stores.

Supporters say it creates business opportunities that don't exist now.

St. Arnold's owner, Brock Wagner, says, "It's the difference between opening the doors to your brewery and not being profitable for three years, and opening your doors and, maybe, being profitable in the first six months. It's that kind of a difference which can have a huge effect on the success of a company."

If passed by the Texas House, and signed by the governor, the new laws could be in place by September.

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