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How Tequila Saved Bats

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In a happy event, the lesser long-nosed bat will soon be taken off the Endangered Species List. While such delistings are rare in themselves, the most interesting part of the species’ story is the odd bedfellows that have been thrown together over the last decade or so as part of efforts to boost the bat population. Namely, conservationists and agave farmers.

Blue agave, of course, is the crucial ingredient of tequila. As bats are the usual pollinators of agave, it turns out all of us margarita drinkers owe them a lot.

Problems had started when agave farmers tried to maximize productivity by harvesting their plants before they bloomed. This eventually turned into a massive lack of genetic diversity, so when a disease hit agave plants in Mexico about six years ago, the farmers finally had to listen to the bat conservationists. Allowing just 5% of agave plants to flower helped the native bat population stabilize and grow, giving us the success story of the lesser long-nosed bat!

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And as of November last year, a partnership between conservationists and the Tequila Interchange Project (@ThinkBats) began distributing five brands of “bat-friendly tequila” in the U.S. and Mexico. Combining compassion and cocktails? We’re already fans.

Intrigued by “bat-friendly tequila”? Tequila in general? Well, we’re here to help you sort out liquor licensing in Texas so that you can make/distribute/serve it to all the other people who love it! Contact us today!

SOURCE: Cool Green Science.

Top Shelf Assets

If you can resist drinking it, whiskey is actually a very solid investment. According to a recent study by Lloyds Private Banking, out of those who invest in things they have a personal interest in, whiskey investors are the most satisfied. The numbers show it isn’t without reason: whiskey investments are set to generate a 41% return over the next decade.

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What makes it such a good time for whiskey?

Well, the value of rare spirits is on the upswing, unlike some other commodities. Since 2008, rare whiskey has increased in value by about 360%! It’s also doing well at auction, and offers investment levels that can fit into many budgets. A quarter of those pursuing so-called “hobby investments” spend less than $1,250 on them, although when narrowed to just whiskey, a third of investors have spent upwards of $60,000 on a single item!

So, how does one decide to invest in whiskey?

Passion drives these hobby investors, with 44% claiming personal interest as their primary motivator. There is a level of emotional attachment to whiskey among investors at a level only slightly lower than that of art and antiques. Although buying rare whiskey looks like a solid bet at the moment, it remains important for investors to be able to view their assets with detachment and reorient their portfolio if the market weakens. Otherwise, you might end up drinking that formerly $50,000 bottle in a fit of despair. No judgment here though!

Looking to get into the rare whiskey game (or the Jack Daniels game)? Frankly, trying to get a liquor license in Texas can be almost as risky. Not to worry, though, LaBarba is more than qualified to manage that risk for you – let us know when you want to start!

 SOURCE: Liquor.com.

It’s Official: The Best Burger Places in Dallas Are LaBarba Clients

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We know from personal experience that our restaurant clients make some of the tastiest food in the metroplex. Even so, we were thrilled to see seven of our amazing clients recognized on Eater’s recent list of Dallas’ 15 Essential Burger Destinations! While these establishments range from French bistros to dive bars, it seems one thing is consistent – they make a mean burger, and they know the best way to deal with the TABC is to leave it to us!

 Without further ado, the burger masters are:

Boulevardier
Burger House
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House
Lakewood Landing
Maple & Motor
The Grape
Uncle Uber’s

Catch us “verifying” their worthiness in the upcoming weeks…

Want to see your restaurant named “best of” in Dallas? Well, to get started you’ll have to know what type of license or permit you need to serve food and alcohol in Texas – and we’re ready to help!

Are We Still Fighting About This? TABC v. Crowler edition.

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The answer, apparently, is yes. As recently as November, a state administrative judge ruled in favor of Cuvee Coffee Bar in Austin, which had its crowler operation shut down and related property seized in a 2015 raid. Despite this, the TABC regulations surrounding crowlers remain murky.

What, exactly, is a crowler?

It’s like a growler, but made of aluminum (like a can) instead of glass. Can + growler = crowler.

What, exactly, is the TABC’s problem with this?

Well, the agency claims that when a bar uses a crowler machine to seal the can’s lid, the bar has become a manufacturer, which breaks the laws governing who does what within the three-tier system of alcohol manufacture and sale (see our previous post HERE for more details on that).

Cuvee argued, successfully, that there was an insufficient difference between a growler and a crowler to necessitate this disparate treatment under the law.

So, where are we with this now?

Unfortunately, the ruling doesn’t actually change anything regarding the future of crowlers, it simply asserts that Cuvee Coffee Bar wasn’t in violation of TABC regulations as they stood at the time. Since the 2015 incident, the TABC clarified its rules in such a way as to effectively ban crowlers. It remains to be seen whether their perspective will change in light of Cuvee’s win.

Want to make sure you don’t run afoul of the TABC? LaBarba can help get you the proper license to serve alcohol in Texas, so contact us anytime!

SOURCE: San Antonio Current.

Utah Set to Lower BAC Limit

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After legislation passed last week, the state of Utah will likely soon be the strictest DUI enforcer in the nation. The measure brings the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers down to .05% from .08%, which is generally standard in the U.S. Pending anticipated approval by the governor, it would go into effect on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Why .05%?

Well, that’s been the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for years. The precise number is based on a number of studies that pinpoint .05% as the point at which subjects begin to display impaired driving skills.

Okay, but what does .05% look like for most people?

It depends on your size, what you’ve eaten, how your body processes alcohol, and more, but essentially, one to two drinks. If you’re a petite woman, one drink could easily put you over the limit! Be careful with false equivalencies, too. For instance, there’s a huge variety in the alcohol content of craft beer these days, so your “one drink” might not match the technical definition.

We’ll be interested to see if more states eventually follow suit with the tighter restrictions – but regardless, know your state laws and don’t drink and drive!

Manufacturing and selling alcohol in Texas is tricky when you have to navigate so many rules. We’re here to help make things simple for you though, so let us know what we can do!

SOURCE: Men’s Journal.

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