The Complexities Of Texas Liquor Law

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. That may be so – but it is also a place where getting an alcoholic beverage – or opening a distribution outlet for selling alcoholic beverages can be fraught with difficulty said a lawyer from Monshaugen & Van Huff. Liquor in Texas is a complex issue – for both the consumer and the retailer.

Texas liquor law is complex due in part to the sheer size of the territory that falls inside its boundaries. Texas is a Image result for liquor lawsbig place and 50 counties – which are dry, and each with their own laws in place makes it a bit more complex when it comes to the laws governing alcohol than other states in the Union.

So, just how complex are the laws in the state? More complex than you might think. Here’s a great example. In some counties, beer is an issue. It might be able to be sold in restaurants – but it cannot be sold in stores where food is not served.

Here’s a great example of just how complex that Texas law can be. Drive into a town and get yourself a six pack of beer. Then drive a bit further and remember that a bottle of wine is required for that social occasion.

Guess what – you are in part of town that is completely dry. That bottle of wine will simply not be available.

Then it gets Texas complicated. The age of consent for drinking is another issue. The folk behind the bar can serve alcohol if they are 18 years or older – or is it 16? It all depends on where you are. But those laws only apply to beer and wine – hard spirits require that the person selling then be 21 years old – or older. It becomes terribly complicated for those who are in the hospitality industry. Or for those who are in search of a job.

But there is also another complication – purchasing alcohol. In line with state laws across the United States, the purchase of alcohol by those under the age of 21 is simply prohibited. For those from other countries in the world, this might be puzzling – but there are no exceptions. If you are the holder of a foreign passport be under no illusions – it provides you with no protection. Ignorance is no excuse under Texas law.

If you are going to be visiting the state – educate yourself before taking a sip in the local watering hole – Texas liquor law is complex, you will be glad you did your research.

Moving to Texas? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Texas Liquor Law

Why can’t I purchase liquor on Sundays? Why are all the stores closed? Whether you just moved to Texas or spent the previous holidays in the area, you may have noticed that liquor stores were closed – considering that New Year’s and Christmas Days fell on a Sunday. According to a lawyer from Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C., This is because of the Texas Liquor Law, which prohibits the majority of stores to sell liquor during Sundays.

Image result for some that are allowed to sell beer and wine on Sunday afternoonOriginally, it all started a long time ago when the majority of stores prohibited businesses to sell certain goods during Sundays – which is traditionally, a day that is meant to be spent for resting and Sabbath. Over the years, the rules and certain laws in Texas have changed, and the majority of these bans were lifted in 1985 – except for the restrictions on auto dealers and liquor.

While the blue law hasn’t been lifted, Senator Ellis has already begun introducing the legislation saying that Texas should start lifting the bans, along with 14 other states.

Most locals got used with the Texas Liquor Law, but if you’re planning on moving to Texas, or at least spending a vacation, and while the law on selling liquors during Sundays still hasn’t changed, has here are some things that you may want to take into consideration:

– If you have events planned on Sundays, make sure that you buy liquor on Saturday, or at least a few days before.

– Going out with your friends? Eating out? The current law states that restaurants and stores can sell wine and beer and can offer other alcoholic drinks only on Sunday afternoons. Make sure that you plan drinking out sessions with your buddies in the afternoon onwards.

– If you can’t make it during weekdays, you may find a few stores that are open, but mind you, they might not be selling hard liquor. You may find some that are allowed to sell beer and wine on Sunday afternoon.

While the Texas Liquor Law still hasn’t changed over the past few years, as a consumer, planning and buying spirits ahead of time is the best way around the problem. Some people don’t really want the hassle of lining up during Sunday afternoon.

Bottomline: Shop for spirits on weekdays, if not, Saturdays might be a little bit piled up, but stores are still open and it’s better than finding a closed store on Sunday. Planning ahead is the key, whether you have a small gathering with family, or you have an upcoming big event to celebrate with friends.