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Texas judge rules for brewers in suit against state

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A Travis County judge has ruled in favor of two North Texas breweries and an Austin brewery against a state law that made it illegal for breweries to sell their distribution rights.

Granbury-based Revolver Brewing, Dallas’ Peticolas and Austin’s Live Oak filed suit in 2014 claiming the law violated the Texas Constitution. The law, SB 639, restricts which distributors brewers can sell their distribution rights to, but allows the distributors to resell those rights.

Travis County Judge for the 250th District Court, Karin Crump, heard the arguments on Aug. 15 and released her ruling Thursday. The state can still appeal the ruling. The three brewers worked with the Institute for Justice, who represented the brewers in court.

Revolver was recently acquired by MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake division.

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