New beer rules in Texas may not go into effect until next week

AUSTIN — Texas is set to get rid of beer sales at all bars, restaurants, and bars that serve alcoholic beverages.

The move by Gov.

Greg Abbott is expected to take effect Jan. 31.

Beer sales at the state Capitol, which had been legal since July 1, will remain prohibited.

This follows a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court that bars can’t ban alcohol from their premises.

As the governor’s office confirmed, the change will be phased in over a period of months.

There is no timeline yet for the implementation of the change.

While the change does not go far enough, the timing of it could be good for the industry.

“It’s a good move to make sure that the state of Texas keeps a strong foothold in this sector,” said Mike Buss, executive director of the Texas Association of Beverage Retailers, the trade group for the beer industry.