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Nov 7, 2022

Agenda posted for commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 15, 2022

A regular meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. CST. View meeting agenda. Watch or listen live from your internet browser by using the video player at the bottom of the Agency Meetings page.  You can also attend this meeting at our Austin headquarters. Citizens can address the commission during a time set aside for public comment. Learn more on the Agency Meetings page.

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Oct 24, 2022

TABC Public Inquiry now reflecting current data

TABC has updated the Public Inquiry system to reflect the most current information (Oct. 23, 2022 data). TABC made the update today, Oct. 24, to replace old data that was temporarily displaying in the system.   Updated Oct. 24 at 3:45 p.m.

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Oct 12, 2022

TABC arrests four on third-degree felony theft charges

DALLAS — An investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has landed four men behind bars after they allegedly stole thousands of dollars’ worth of alcoholic beverages from a local distributor. The investigation began in April after TABC agents were contacted by officials from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), a nationwide alcohol distributor with operations in 44 states, including Texas. Southern Glazer’s representatives informed TABC that a local package store was in possession of hundreds of cases of distilled spirits that the company had no record of selling or delivering to the store. Subsequent investigation by TABC uncovered evidence that the store manager had illegally purchased the stolen products from a Southern Glazer’s delivery driver, with two other Southern Glazer’s employees also involved in the offense. In all, TABC agents recovered 230 cases of vodka, 119 cases of cognac and 29 cases of tequila from the package store, all valued at more than $34,000. Southern Glazer’s officials said total long-term losses due to the theft could top more than $278,000. Arrested and charged with felony organized retail theft were Janish Pankaj Vaishnav, 33 Victor Antonio Aguilar-Leon, 34 Carlos Jaime Munoz, 43 Michael Angel Medrano, 22 Each man was booked into the Dallas County Jail and later released on bond. “This case marks outstanding cooperation between TABC agents, Southern Glazer’s and our partners at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Without their assistance, it’s likely this theft would have continued even longer and could have caused ongoing harm both to the business and their customers across Texas.” “We are very appreciative of the TABC’s quick response to this situation,” added Matt Metz, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Texas.  “We are also grateful for the TABC agents who helped bring this case to a resolution.” Organized retail theft is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The criminal cases are pending with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. A TABC administrative case also remains open at the package store, Top Liquor Beer and Wine, located at 7606 Greenville Avenue in Dallas. For more information about TABC, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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Oct 7, 2022

Alcoholic beverage industry use of e-commerce platforms

Since October 2021, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has published two draft advisories pertaining to e-commerce platforms. We are issuing this letter to address multiple inquiries we have received recently pertaining to platforms that interact between license/permit holders in different tiers. TABC is currently evaluating the application of these platforms in light of the requirements and restrictions contained in the Alcoholic Beverage Code. Because our review of this topic is ongoing, TABC cannot currently provide guidance to industry on any particular platform.   TABC understands that this evaluation is a lengthy process, and we appreciate the industry’s patience. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at (512) 206-3367 or advisories@tabc.texas.gov.  Sincerely, Thomas Graham Executive Director Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

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Sept 28, 2022

TABC arrests Galveston bar employee following crash that killed four

GALVESTON — A Galveston bartender was arrested by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Monday after it was alleged he improperly served a person who was later identified by police as a suspect in a deadly August crash that left four people dead. Gil Garcia, 58, was arrested by agents from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit Sept. 26 and charged with selling alcohol to an intoxicated person. He was later booked into the Galveston County Jail. Garcia was identified as an employee of Gloria’s Lounge, 4126 Avenue S in Galveston. According to TABC agents, Garcia was working as a bartender the night of Aug. 6 when a drunken driver collided with a golf cart and killed four passengers. The victims, ages 4, 14, 25 and 49, were members of a family visiting Galveston Island on vacation. “This tragic case illustrates why it’s so important that alcohol retailers take steps to prevent sales to customers who show signs of intoxication,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Businesses can help prevent deadly crashes by following the law and educating employees on how to identify signs of intoxication. Businesses that are found to have contributed to serious injury or loss of life will be held accountable.” Individuals convicted of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person could face a fine of not more than $500 and up to a year in jail. Businesses found in violation could face TABC administrative action, including a fine or a temporary suspension of their alcohol license or permit. The criminal case remains under investigation by the Galveston Police Department and Galveston County District Attorney’s Office. A TABC administrative case against Gloria’s Lounge remains pending. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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