According to the Brewers Association, Texas had 117 licensed craft breweries and brewpubs at the end of 2014. But under current beer laws, the Lone Star State doesn’t treat them equally—and that’s unconstitutional.
At least that is what Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewing alleges in a formal complaint it lodged against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The brewery’s argument is that under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, the government is required treat similarly situated persons the same. Since corporations are granted the rights of citizens, it is unconstitutional for Texas to allow wineries, distilleries, and brewpubs to sell their product for on- and off-premise consumption, but bar craft breweries to do so.
The brewery launched a crowdfunding campaign called Operation Six Pack To Go to raise funds to pay for the lawsuit and are offering unique rewards to top donors, such as being named a co-plaintiff and co-chairman of the lawsuit.
Read more at Deep Ellum Brewing’s website.