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 big 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.