alcohol http://kut.org en As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down http://kut.org/post/craft-beer-starts-gushing-its-essence-gets-watered-down There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.<p>But the line separating craft brewers from large multinational companies is growing blurrier. Fri, 09 May 2014 17:59:38 +0000 10388 at http://kut.org As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down Mixed Drinks Could Be Served With Higher Price, As New Texas Law Goes Into Effect http://kut.org/post/mixed-drinks-could-be-served-higher-price-new-texas-law-goes-effect <p>If you order a mixed drink in Texas tomorrow, you might see the price on your bill higher than what you’re used to. That’s because of a new state law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.</p><p>In Texas, if a bar sells you a mixed drink, it has to give 14 percent of what you pay back to the state. And that tax doesn’t show up on your receipt.</p><p>If the bar only sells beer and wine, it doesn't pay that tax. In that case the customer pays a sales tax of 8.25 percent. And that does show up on the receipt.</p><p>Tomorrow – on Jan. 1&nbsp;– a new law goes into effect, which changes that.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127326395&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:15:05 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9467 at http://kut.org Mixed Drinks Could Be Served With Higher Price, As New Texas Law Goes Into Effect A Dispute Brews in Austin Over 'Namaste' Beer Trademark http://kut.org/post/dispute-brews-austin-over-namaste-beer-trademark <p>An Austin beer emporium may be forced to change the name of its line of brews.</p><p>First opened in 1986, South Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://whipin.com/">Whip In</a> has evolved from a convenience store into a &ldquo;Dhabapub&rdquo; offering Indian cuisine and 72 beers on tap.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also launched an in-house line of beers: Namaste Brewery. &nbsp;But this week, Whip In announced it was being asked to surrender the Namaste name.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:30:57 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 8783 at http://kut.org A Dispute Brews in Austin Over 'Namaste' Beer Trademark A Tipsy Texan Watches Austin's Bar Scene Come of Age http://kut.org/post/tipsy-texan-watches-austins-bar-scene-come-age <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F96492140&amp;color=00b2ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Expert bartender David Alan was born and raised in Austin and remembers the years when bar patrons were perfectly comfortable with their margaritas and Lone Stars. Alan watched the city's drinking scene flourish over the past few years as craft cocktail bars opened and new distilleries took root.</p><p>Now, he's got a book to document the best of the best. <a href="http://www.andrewsmcmeel.com/catalog/detail?sku=9781449424206">Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State</a> hit bookshelves Tuesday, and Alan came to KUT to talk about spirits of the Capitol City.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:18:59 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8086 at http://kut.org A Tipsy Texan Watches Austin's Bar Scene Come of Age Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears http://kut.org/post/proposed-tax-break-clubs-isnt-music-some-ears <p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Although the crowd of clubs and concert halls on Austin’s famous Sixth Street is just a few blocks from the state Capitol, the worlds of live music and policymaking seldom meet. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">But this session, lawmakers are considering subsidizing live music.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 7609 at http://kut.org Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears TABC Trying to Speed Up Alcohol Licensing http://kut.org/post/tabc-trying-speed-alcohol-licensing <p>The House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/schedules/html/C3502012071810001.htm">met Wednesday</a> to take a look at streamlining the alcoholic licensing and permitting process.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/texas-alcoholic-beverage-commission/tabc-wants-more-streamlined-alcohol-permitting-pro/">Texas Tribune</a></em>, interim Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) director Sherry Cooke&nbsp;told the <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=350&amp;session=81">committee</a> that her agency wants to consolidate the processes for beer and liquor licenses.</p><p>The issue is that there are two separate <a href="http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/licensing/license_and_permit_description.asp">processes</a> for receiving a beer license and liquor licenses. Some of the applications for those permits can be processed through TABC, but others have to involve county courts.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:49:57 +0000 Mary Mattia 4719 at http://kut.org TABC Trying to Speed Up Alcohol Licensing