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If you know me, you know how preachy I can be about all things local with beer. But you know what I can also be preachy about? Local liqueur.
A friend of a friend launched a kickstarter for his passion, a Texas pecan liqueur based in the Hillcountry called Pecaño.
I could go all crazy soapbox on you about how the Texas artisan liquor/liqueur market is almost non-existent in the state and how it’s dominated by industrial swill that resembles gasoline with a hint of dog puke, but you already know that.
So, here it is. The kickstarter for a great new Texas liqueur made by a super smart, nano/biomed engineer researcher. Click through and help this guy out, if that’s your thing. Or not. I’m not your Father.
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I have been following the Texas SB 515-518 (pro craft beer and brew pub industries bills) and SB 639 (the anti craft beer “poison” bill) closer than I followed most sports in 2012.
If the pro-craft bills get killed in committee (again), regardless of the GIGANTIC “for” witness attendance, and the anti-craft bill gets passed by that snake in the grass John Carona, I’m not sure what I will do. What is the civil disobedience equivalent for beer? A drink in? A brew in? Whatever it is, we’re ready.
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Okay craft beer lovers, it’s tiime to support your local breweries. We have the chance to make a difference for our friends who provide us with delicious libations. Show ‘em you care and call, write, e-mail, or just plain write your Texas representative to let them know that the days of the three tier system and Anheuser-Busch bullying local craft is over.
Over the last 5 years, our state has seen an exponential growth in craft beer startups. These local breweries are not only supporting the local, Texan economy, but are helping shape craft beer worldwide (ex. Peticolas winning a Gold Medal at GABF in their first year).
Support the SB 515-518 and HB 1763-1766 bills and help even the playing field.
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Open the Taps is off to a strong start after their kickoff events in Houston and Dallas in the campaign to loosen the strangle hold antiquated Texas laws have the craft brew industry, and most importantly the effects on the consumer. For background information check out this Dallas Observer Article or check out Open the Taps presents on facebook, twitter, or join the mailing list on their website.
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Open the Taps kicks off in DFW - The group that will hopefully help bring sanity to Texas beer laws is gearing up and has scheduled their kickoff event in DFW for August 27th at the Common Table in Dallas. Open the Taps is a recently organized grassroots organization that is geared towards the consumer. They hope to change Texas laws in order to help Craft Beer and small brewers thrive in Texas. Check our their facebook page for the details.
This is a really big thing, guys. Help support local, good beer.
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Rick Perry will take his unprecedented fourth oath as governor at 11 a.m. in a scaled-down celebration under gray, overcast skies — both reflecting the state’s tough economic times.
“Guys, guys. I know that the $27 billion state budget shortfall is hurting us all. So, to save money, we’ve scaled back to a 5 foot iron skillet. I know, I know. But, we all have to tighten our belts. Now, hand me the diamond-mill, so I can make my dookie twinkle.”
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Best part of finding this picture via google? The name of the file was “Agony-Of-Defeat”.
IT’S SHOOTOUT TIME IN DALLAS!
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So, pictured is my high school’s quarterback, Zach Lee. He is committed to play at LSU for football. Pretty big deal, right? Well, he may have to rethink things.
Zach Lee was drafted #28 in the first round by the LA Dodgers yesterday, the highest any McKinney Lion has gone. I guess I forgot to mention that he’s a pretty bad ass right handed pitcher as well. For me, it would be a no brainer. But when you consider how big of a deal football is in McKinney (and North Texas in general), this could be a coinflip for the pitcher from Mactown.
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