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Five Excellent Reasons to Support Local Breweries and Distilleries in Texas

Before your business can sell craft beer or hard alcohol, you must obtain a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (TABC) beer and liquor license in Dallas, TX. This makes it legal for you to sell your product by the glass to the public in your taproom, to restaurants or through distributors. As a fan of beer or liquor (or both!), you probably enjoy supporting small beer and liquor establishments—and here are some good reasons why you should!

  • Money stays in your community: To frequent your small breweries and distilleries is to make sure money stays in your community, which supports your local economy. The small business owner uses the money to pay their employees and go shopping for their business needs at other local businesses.
  • Know what’s in your beverage: People shop at farmers markets because they can ask the farmers how they grow their fruits and vegetables, or talk to artisan bread bakers about their methods and the ingredients they use in their baked goods. Most small brewery and distillery owners are very friendly and more than happy to discuss their products’ ingredients and how they’re made. Most take special care and give attention to the brewing process—they work hard to ensure your drink is of an incredible quality.
  • Maintains quality control: Each new batch of craft beer that’s released to consumers will have its own unique taste and scent. That’s because small brewery and distillery owners monitor their products closely; thus, they are on site to take part in quality control, including taste testing. If the drink does not live up to the brewer’s standards, it won’t be placed on the menu until it does. After all, they didn’t go through the process of acquiring their beer and liquor license in Dallas, TX to offer an inferior product.
  • Creates jobs for locals: Whether the craft brewery is small or big, it needs hired help. And if the establishment has a public taproom that is licensed and permitted to sell and serve beer to customers, then there will be more job openings for people in the local community. And a brewery that also sells food? That could mean even more jobs!
  • Promotes local tourism: Most of us like to boast when we indulge in our favorite local craft beer or hard liquor. That means checking in on our social media pages, which lets everyone know the best places to go when they are visiting the area.

How to find the best local small breweries and distilleries

A quick way to find breweries and distilleries to visit in your local area is to perform an internet search for a list of top businesses. Reading articles by local beer bloggers is another great way to find small breweries to try. Better yet, ask your beer-loving friends for taproom recommendations, and even suggest a group outing to explore everyone’s favorite places.

To speak to a knowledgeable liquor license consultant about getting your TABC beer and liquor license in Dallas, TX, give us a call at LaBarba Permit Service. We’ll be happy to answer all your licensing and permitting questions!

Today in Science: Drinking Improves Foreign Language Skills

To be honest, does this one really come as any surprise? Anyone’s who had to sit through their very southern uncle’s strangled attempt to order linguine alle vongole knows they really should serve the wine first.

Here’s the research, coming from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University and King’s College London:

Participants who recently learned a second language (in this case, Dutch) were assigned to one of two groups. The first group was given a low dose of alcohol – roughly a pint. The second drank a non-alcoholic beverage. Each participant then had a short conversation in the newly learned language with a researcher.

Result? Those given alcohol were rated significantly higher in their conversations, particularly on pronunciation!



Well, it probably has to do with the fact that alcohol lowers inhibitions. Language learners often struggle with anxiety about how native speakers are perceiving their efforts to communicate, and it seems that drinking can help relax them. The researchers stressed that the key, however, was that they only gave participants a low dose. Increasing alcohol consumption has obvious negative effects on communication abilities – in every language, newly learned or native. So, consume lightly, and you’ll be ordering penne arrabbiata in no time!

Looking to help the citizens of Dallas improve their language skills? Apparently a liquor license can help…Let our licensing consultants help you, help them. Call today!

SOURCE: The Drinks Business.

Putting the Recent Growth of Texas’ Craft Breweries in Context

There are many differences between mass-produced beer and craft or small batch beer. For one thing, a local brewery staff is likely to be friendly and personable to their visitors, whether they only sell beer in containers or run a local taproom. Local breweries also produce unique tasting beers because, like wine, the beer’s taste and aroma varies from season to season. The availability of a craft beer is dependent on how many batches are made, while larger beer companies make and package the same recipes year-round.

Texas has emerged as a leader in craft brewing in recent years. From visiting individual craft breweries to attending craft beer festivals, your support means a lot to smaller local breweries. But how much do you really know about Texas’ craft beer scene?

Now, it’s time to pick the brain of an experienced licensing consultant in Dallas, TX. Here’s a brief history of Texas’ craft breweries:

  • Early Texas history shows small breweries beginning to establish themselves in the mid-1800s. Documents from the Texas State Historical Association have Western Brewery in San Antonio recorded as the first commercial Texas brewery, in 1855. By 1860, Texas had 11 breweries, and near 60 by 1876. Then something happened.
  • As Texas’ small breweries grew their numbers, big companies like Anheuser-Busch made their product widely available at cheaper prices. This led to Western Brewery closing up shop, while other small breweries were able to stay afloat with local support.
  • Soon after the big bust, Kreische Brewery opened up, deciding to build down a ravine. The ravine supplied fresh water and plenty of airflow to give the beer unique characteristics. They were going strong until the owner’s death in the 1880s.
  • Because small local breweries, like St. Arnold in Houston, which has been around since 1994, have stuck out the ups and downs of the business, you can still enjoy a selection of old school craft beers. And although there were many breweries established between 2000 and 2010, they are actually not even the newest in the business.
  • Texas craft breweries of today are optimistic, continuing to brew and sell craft beer to loyal locals. They continue to move forward, even in the wake of new beer laws.

Recent beer laws in Texas

Unfortunately, the most recently passed beer law is undercutting some of Texas’ small craft breweries—and some are more heavily impacted than others. But will it hinder the growth of these smaller breweries in the area?

House Bill 3287, known locally as the “beer bill,” states that any independent Texas brewery producing more than 225,000 barrels per year on its own must adhere to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code’s three-tier system. This impacts breweries’ ability to sell beer on their own property. Read our recent blog post about the beer bill to learn more.
Fortunately, a beer licensing consultant in Dallas, TX can help you obtain your TABC liquid license or permit to sell. To get the process started, contact the experts at LaBarba Permit Service today!

Public Health: Alcohol & The Brain


It seems obvious that alcohol has an effect on the brain, given how often a night drinking is followed by a morning of questioning bizarre decisions and inexplicable Amazon purchases. Interestingly, a recent study showed that male and female brains react differently to long-term drinking.

A Finnish research group measured electrical activity in the brain in response to stimuli. Using young men and young women who were classed as either heavy drinkers or low/non-drinkers, the data consistently showed that heavy drinkers had a greater response to the electrical pulse, indicating a change in brain functioning.

They also exposed a new puzzle, because the male heavy drinkers showed more altered electrical and chemical functioning in the brain than the female heavy drinkers. This surprised the researchers, and indicates that men are possibly at higher risk of harm from drinking on a biological level.

The subjects were not alcoholics by standard definition, which the study authors said ought to raise questions about whether young people’s ability to drink should be further regulated. Treatment for alcoholism also might need to account for these male/female differences in the brain.

It should be noted that the study involved a rather small sample size, and there could be confounding pre-existing factors affecting the subjects’ neurobiological profiles. In any case, it’s an area that seems ripe for further research!

Neuro-what now? Yeah, we’re not quite scientists either. And getting a liquor license in Texas is whole lot less science, and a whole lot more art! Fortunately, it’s a field where we really are experts – give our licensing consultants a call, and we’ll show you what we know!

SOURCE: ScienceDaily.

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