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Gov. Perry does something right. Declares September ‘Craft Spirits Month’

on 11/09/13 at 10:35 am

Booze News

SigelsWhiskeyTastingTexas is celebrating the spirit of craft distilleries across the state.

Governor Perry recently signed a declaration making September “Craft Spirits Month,” an attempt to grow the state’s distillery business.

Daniel Barnes owns Treaty Oak Distilling in Austin and is president of the recently formed Texas Distilled Spirits Association.

“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Barnes said. “Basically Texas kind of went from being you know, one of the bottom states for what distillers can do to being one of the top two or three, just in one legislative session. It’s going to be amazing for us.”

Barnes says the idea of drinking locally-crafted beverages is growing and so is the industry.

“I came on board in 2007. I was the fourth distillery to actually get a Texas Permit and now there are over 48 permits in the state,” Barnes said.

The new law allows businesses like Treaty Oak to sell their product directly to customers. Previously, craft distilleries were only allowed to sell their products to distributors.