Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Food Truck Parks Face Obstacles in Bringing Booze to the Masses

    You know what would go perfect with that Shorty Mac from H-Town StrEATS? Or with that Kimchi Koagie from Koagie Hots or something spicy and Cajun from St. John's Fire? Beer. Beer would go great with food truck fare. I imagine cocktails probably would too. And I know I want wine with my cupcakes and ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013

    Tough Times at Rich's

    Trouble keeps following the infamous Midtown dance club like a cloud.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    UPDATED: Rich's Abruptly Shuts Down Again, Under Another Cloud of Mystery

    UPDATE (Monday, 5:45 p.m.) Cade Michals is a spokesman for Rich's Sacred Ground, not a partner. No doubt this is not the way Rich's wanted to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The most recent tenants of the long-running and equally star-crossed Midtown dance club closed their doors Friday w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Looks Like We Can Pour One Out for Pearl Bar

    This may be the end of the line for Pearl Bar. The once-crowded jewel of the Washington Avenue bar scene has apparently been locked out by its landlord for nonpayment of rent. The above notice was posted on the door of Pearl Wednesday night, and the photo was sent our way by a friend of Rocks Off's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Promoter Sues Owners of Club Where Jay-Z, Beyonce, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade Celebrated All-Star Weekend

    A group called All Pro Management is suing the owners of Rich's, where Jay-Z (aka Mr. Beyonce Knowles) hosted an NBA All-Star par-tay, accusing them of cheating All Pro out of proceeds from liquor sales. The promoters claimed to have paid $25,000 to host the event, according to the Courthouse News ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2013

    The Taxman Cometh

    Pearl Bar runs up a hefty tab with the comptroller's office as once-hot Washington Avenue sings the blues.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Comptroller: Pearl Bar Owes More Than $40K in Taxes

    According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' office, Pearl Bar owes more than $40,000 in mixed-beverage and franchise taxes, and agents confiscated some cash as part of a "limited seizure" operation at the Washington Avenue bar this past Saturday evening. A lien has also been filed against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Pearl Bar Reportedly Shut Down By Comptroller

    According to sources in the Washington Avenue bar scene, Pearl Bar (4216 Washington) was raided and shut down this past Saturday night. The doors have been padlocked, and the bar's safe was reportedly seized. Dustin Evans, owner of Pearl Bar's neighbor Underdogs, said a Pearl doorman told him that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The TABC Responds to Our Article on Over-Serving at Restaurants

    Last week's blog post on the dangers of over-serving at restaurants was a broad topic to touch on in a single article -- perhaps too broad, as Carolyn Beck, director of communications for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, contacted us to clear up a few items about the TABC's role in combating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Quietly, For a Dance Club, Rich's Reopens Under New Ownership

    Rich's, the popular but troubled Midtown dance club, has quietly reopened under a new ownership group after the landlord evicted previous tenants in May. The venue at 2401 San Jacinto is now operated by a group of investors calling itself Rich's Sacred Ground Inc. According to Texas Alcoholic Bever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Does Over-Serving at Restaurants Go Under-Investigated?

    A few weeks ago, I endured a rather unpleasant dinner at The Rouxpour -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- which had nothing to do with the food itself and everything to do with two very drunk patrons. After being harassed by the two men throughout the evening, I finally retrieved a manager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    How to Ship Wine Legally to Texas

    In the wake of my post Wednesday, "Texas Wine Shipping Prohibition Is Morally Indefensible (and Bad for Business)," I wanted to follow up with some tips on how to ship wine legally to Texas. Although it hasn't been updated for more than two years, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Tearful Treasures Dancers Ask Judge to Renew the Liquor Permit; City Asks to Put the Smackdown

    Dancers from Treasures implored a state administrative judge today to renew the club's liquor permit and dismiss the city's protests. (No ruling has been issued yet.) The dancers -- some of whom said they were single mothers and small business owners -- told State Office of Administrative Hearings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the rules are all made up and the points don't matter. We started the week off right by fantasizing about who we'd most like to eat lunch with. My pick? Summer Glau. And the fantasy lunch would be maybe a couple oysters, and then str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Facebook?

    This morning, I captured the above screenshot of the new TABC Facebook.​Remember the Jonathan Franzen New York Times essay from last year, "Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts"? In it, he considers the "transformation, courtesy of Facebook, of the verb 'to like' from a state of mind to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Why We Love to Hate the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

    Image via Westerville Public Libary (Westerville, Ohio).To understand our state's peculiar relationship with alcohol, we need to look back to the early post-Prohibition era when the TABC was founded (1935).​In the wake of a recent post on the absurdity of wine shipping regulation in Texas, a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Me and the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission)

    Image via the Texas Restaurant Association.TABC To Go is an excellent online TABC certification program for Texas restaurant and bar workers. Although not required by the state, many Texas employers require certification to ensure proper service of alcohol.​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Absurdity of Texas Wine Shipping Law Reaches New Heights

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico is one of the greatest values in Italian wine today, but out-of-state retailers can't ship it to me in Texas... at least not legally.​On Friday, one of the most bizarre press releases I've ever read found its way to my inbox. "The Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Austin's Jester King Craft Brewery Sues the TABC, But Is the TABC Really the Bad Guy?

    Shit just got real.​Jester King, based in Austin, is one of the state's most popular craft breweries. The TABC (or Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission), also based in Austin, is one of the state's most powerful agencies. And with news that Jester King has just filed a lawsuit against the TABC, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Goodtime Moonshine: 8 Brands Of Musician-Backed Booze

    warmingglow.uproxx.comShirtless hillbillies, backyard stills, and Cletus from the Simpson = things we normally associate with moonshine.​Tuesday, representatives for Colt Ford announced the Georgia-born singer best known for 2010's Chicken and Biscuits would be the first country music star wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Eirin Hicks: Misdemeanor Charges Filed In Death of Texas State Woman Who Fell to Death

    TABCEirin Hicks: Dead from a fall out a window​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Texas State University police announced a handful of charges stemming from the death of Eirin Ann Hicks, a student who fell to her death from an elevated first-story dorm room last month. The charges ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Five GREAT Things About This Weekend's Rapture

    Music to be playing about 6 a.m. Saturday.​In case you hadn't heard, the Rapture will happen at 5:58 a.m. Saturday. All the good, Christian people will ascend to heaven and everyone else will be left here to suffer through unprecedented natural disasters before the End of Time comes in the fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Very, Very Determined Mountain Lion Denied Chance to Eat President Obama in El Paso

    Dedicated mountain lion says Yes We Can, learns otherwise.​We know not the name of the mountain lion who was chased through the downtown streets of El Paso this morning, continuing to escape pursuers even with two tranquilizer darts in him. We only know the cat must have really wanted to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Four Loko: Approved In Texas Again!! (Um, Without The Caffeine)

    Four Loko: Farewell, point of drinking it​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission today approved sales of a reconstituted Four Loko -- one that comes without caffeine. Which is kind of like cigarettes without nicotine -- it's a safer option, but what's the point? The TABC had asked retailers ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Cougar on Prowl in Katy

    Mom sexts her teen son's friend

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Vertical Epic: Thanks, TABC, For Keeping A Coveted Beer Out Of Texas

    Houston almost scored one of the most coveted beers of the year. Then the TABC stepped in. ​In the latest episode of the Fun Police, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has kept one of the most coveted beers of the year from being sold in Texas. Stone Brewing Company's Vertical Epic, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Brew Blog: Deschutes Brewery

    ​Many excellent West Coast and Pacific Northwest brewers have long shown the good sense to ship their wares to Texas, and Deschutes Brewery has now joined the party in a real way, too. The Bend, Oregon brewery has inked a deal with Ben E. Keith Beverages to expand its local reach. Of course ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2010

    Bomb That Mosque!

    KTRH host hopes for violence.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Joe Chavez: Former TABC Agent Accused Of Sexually Assaulting His Decoy In Underage Drinking Sting

    "I thought she was 18!" won't work​Last May, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission decided that some minors in Bastrop County might have been having a little too much fun. They apparently decided it was high time to conduct a sting operation.One of the TABC's tried-and-true methods is to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2010

    More Messy Details On The "Toxic Environment" At The Former Meridian

    Chris Gray​Friday evening, Rocks Off met with Jeff Barry, the attorney who represents both SG Properties, owner of the now-nameless music venue at 1503 Chartres, and SG owner Gary Katz, about the events that transpired earlier this week that you can read about here and here. The tired-looking lawy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Free Booze At Former Meridian Tonight

    ​ This just keeps getting messier and messier, but one happy byproduct of the unpleasant change of hands the Old Chinatown venue is currently undergoing is that tonight, everyone of legal drinking age will be allowed two free drinks at the show by Japanese DJ Satoshe Tomiie. A donation for the Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Houston Dance Club Rich's Shut Down for Apparent Nonpayment of Taxes; Liquor License Suspended; May Reopen Tomorrow

    Update: According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Web site, Rich's - listed as owned by MZM Nightlife, Inc. - has had its liquor license suspended. The license was scheduled to expire on November 29. Son LamDancers enjoying Halloween at Rich's​Rocks Off received an email this morning ... More >>

  • News

    October 1, 2009

    Club Dead

    The Mansion has been shut down, but not before an 18-year-old stripper got drunk there and died in a highway wreck.

  • News

    August 20, 2009

    Gay Panic in Cowtown

    The police raid on the Rainbow Lounge rocked the calm world of Fort Worth gays.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    How To Celebrate Gay Pride Day In Fort Worth: Bust Some Heads

    How did cops in Fort Worth celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, that epic day when gays fought back against cops harassing them in a bar? By harassing gays in a bar. Allegedly.Protests have sprung up in Cowtown over events at the Rainbow Lounge Sunday night.The Dallas Voice reports: Sources ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Seeing The Astros Without Getting Drunk? Umpossible! But Now, Possible

    Photo by Michael (mx5tx)Hey Astros fans. Are you tired of the exorbitant prices you have to pay for booze at Astros games? Well, I've got good news. And I've got bad news.The good news is that the prices might be getting a lot damn cheaper real soon. The bad news is that the reason is that alc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    City Says Smoking Ban Has Had No Impact On Bars

    Two years ago, Houston City Council approved a smoking ban for local bars. This week, it was announced that the city had spent $12,000 to measure the impact of the ban.Their conclusion? It had no impact on bar sales whatsoever. "It's reassuring that we did the right thing. We protected workers who o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Close Up The Still, Clem, They're Comin' After Our Moonshine

    Break out The General Lee, boys, it looks like the law's gonna be on our tail. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which apparently doesn't have enough to do making sure no microbreweries thrive in Texas, has announced that they are beginning a new, massive crackdown on bootlegging. After tha ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Beer and Porn

    Once again, the TABC tries to ruin bachelor life

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Take My Wife, Please

    TABC nabs a sheriff's spouse in a sting

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs

  • News

    April 7, 2005

    Poured Out

    With archaic and self-serving laws, reforms don't come easy for the Texas booze industry

  • News

    March 3, 2005

    Houston Hold 'Em

    There are plenty of opportunities for poker here, legal and otherwise

  • News

    January 1, 2004
  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Zipping Up Mary's

    A local landmark for gay sex and social activism closes after 32 years

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Getting Stomped

    Texas boasts the soil, the climate and the grapes for a strong wine industry. So what stands in its way? Bad taste and politicians.

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    Political Communion

    Did Annunciation use its connections to knock the head off Little Woodrow's beer permit?

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Out in the Street

    Westheimer Street Festival and the TABC

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Wong's War on a Reggae Club

    Are the problems traffic and parking, or just the color of the customers?

  • Music

    September 17, 1998
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