SAN ANTONIO -

The beer was flowing Wednesday afternoon at the Blue Star Brewing company.

Local brewpub owners and craft beer enthusiasts celebrated the passage of several laws concerning craft beer sales in Texas.

SB 515 allows brewpub owners to distribute their products to local restaurants, grocery stores, and other venues.

"We were finally successful in passing a package of laws that allowed Texas consumers to be able to find their local craft beer at their local grocery store," said state representative Mike Villarreal.

Villarreal led the effort to reform the state's beer laws after he received a call from one of his constituents, Blue Star Brewery owner Joey Villarreal.

"We have neighbors that have businesses that would like to sell our beer," said Joey Villarreal. "We don't have to tell them, 'No we cant sell the beer because of Texas law.'"

Prior to the passage of SB 515, brewpubs like Blue Star Brewing Company could not distribute their products.

The amount of barrels brewpubs could produce was also capped at 5,000 annually.

The new law increases that amount to 12,500 barrels per year.

Rep. Villarreal said the new laws will also provide a boost to the Texas economy.

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild estimates the new laws will result in more than 6,000 new jobs in Texas over the next eight years and generate an estimated $56.8 million in state and local tax revenue each year.

Rep. Villarreal said the "beer bill" is also a signal to beer-loving entrepreneurs that Texas is now open for business.

 "Our goal is to have the next Sam Adams be invented here in the state of Texas," he said.

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