Austin-area breweries now allowed to sell glasses of beer on site

Live Oak Brewing Company (Casey James/KXAN)
Live Oak Brewing Company (Casey James/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After months of discussion, on Thursday the Austin City Council has approved changes to the City’s land development code to allow breweries to sell their beer to customers for on-site consumption.

While this is good news for many brewery owners, there are still some restrictions.

A brewery will be allowed to sell beer on-site if it’s located at least 540 feet away from single family residences and has on-site parking. If it’s closer than 540 feet, the sale of beer on-site would be a conditional use.

Breweries will also have to keep their taproom (if they have one) to 5,000 square feet or 33 percent of the developed property, whichever is less.

Due to Texas law, breweries can only sell glasses of beer to consumers on-site. Currently, visitors are not allowed to buy a bottle of beer and take it home.

 

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