A new Texas law went into effect on September 1st which allowed in-state
distilleries to sell their spirits directly to customers instead of having
to sell through a distributor. This direct sale method allows the distilleries
to sell up to two bottles per customer per month, which typically occurs
after a tour of the business.
Before SB 905 was passed, customers could visit distilleries but could
not purchase spirits directly from the business. Customers would leave
the tours empty-handed and would have to purchase spirits from a separate
distributor, like a liquor store.
This law follows in the footsteps of laws that allow wineries to sell directly
to the public. As vineyards allow wine tastings, distilleries also allow
tours and spirit tastings. If you are going on a spirit tasting, pace
yourself. It’s typical for samples to be given out in one half ounce
or one ounce increments because of the higher alcohol content. As with
any alcohol tasting, small amounts are used to keep people from getting
drunk by the end, but you are encouraged to pour the extra out of your
glass into a designated bucket or container if you don’t want to
drink it all.
If possible, bring along a designated driver if you wish to partake in
the spirit tasting but don’t want to worry about having to drive
afterwards. Remember, by nature, spirit tastings can be more effective
at inhibiting your sobriety than wine tastings. If you need to, wait awhile
before getting behind the wheel or take a taxi. If your blood alcohol
content is above 0.08, you can be charged with a DWI.
If you have been charged with a DWI, talk to our Austin DWI lawyers today at
Carroll Troberman, PLLC. We are here to aggressively represent your interests in court.
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