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TABC says breweries have to shut down patios—again
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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Wednesday clarified its guidelines after what the agency said was a misunderstanding about whether breweries could reopen their patios, a spokesperson told KXAN.


As a result, some local breweries—including St. Elmo in South Austin—shut down their patios for a second time after a brief period of reopening.



The clarification arrived less than a week after the TABC announced certain retailers could allow outdoor seating, which some local breweries took to include them. The TABC spokesperson told KXAN that the rule change only included those that make less than 51% of their revenue from alcohol sales.




The Texas Craft Brewers Guild tweeted on Thursday that the decision is "just the latest lack of leadership" from the TABC and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.



A survey conducted by the guild earlier this month found that one-third of Texas craft breweries believe they will have to close permanently in the next few months if shutdown orders do not change. Another third believe they won't last until the end of the year given the current conditions.

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