Is There A Percentage Of Alcohol That Doesn’t Require A Liquor License From The TABC?
Anyone in the state of Texas who is running a restaurant or a bar or any facility that serves alcohol for sale they will need to check and make sure as to the requirements necessary to get a liquor license to sell that alcohol said an attorney from Monshaugen & Van Huff, P.C.. There are some situations where the amount of alcohol or the percentage of the alcohol in a particular drink is fairly low and so the restaurant owner may wonder if they need to have a license in that situation. Here we will take a look and whether or not there is a percentage of alcohol required in order for it to be necessary to get licensed by TABC.
What Determines If A Beverage Is Alcoholic Or Not?
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says that a beverage with more than half a percent of alcohol is considered an alcoholic beverage. This means that any drink that has alcohol but by volume is less than half a percent then it can be served as a non-alcoholic beverage such as beer that is considered non-alcoholic. In the case where a restaurant is serving this but no beverages that have over a half of percent by volume would then not be required to be licensed to serve alcohol.
If a place of business is serving malt liquor and it is more than 4% alcohol by weight then it is considered an alcoholic beverage. If the beer being served is 4% alcohol by weight then it too is considered alcohol and cannot be served as a non-alcoholic beverage. When a restaurant or business establishment is selling wine, liquor, or mixed beverages and those drinks have 4% of alcohol by weight, then they are considered to be alcoholic drinks and would require the proper license to legally sell them.
If you want to serve alcoholic beer then you will need to be licensed to sell beer before you can offer it at your business establishment. If you want to offer liquor or mixed drinks then you will need to obtain a liquor license before you could serve those drinks to customers. If you serve alcohol without the appropriate license it could cause you to be shut down and fined.
Anyone wanting further information should go to the Texas State website and search for the TABC. There you will be able to learn what the requirements are and how to get started with the application process. The sooner you complete the application process the sooner you will be able to get a license and begin serving the alcohol you are approved for.