Controversy Brewing

Controversy brews for Austin coffee company and its popular canned beer

Controversy brews for Austin company and its popular canned beer

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TABC has seized "crowler" canning equipment from Cuvee Coffee. Cuvee Coffee/Facebook

KVUE — Cuvee Coffee, a local craft coffee roaster, has been charged with a violation notice from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for allegedly illegally canning beer without the proper permit on multiple occasions, according to the commission and business.

TABC claims that the business has repeatedly violated the code, prompting the commission to conduct an investigation. According to TABC, Cuvee was one of a handful of Texas retailers illegally filling, sealing, and selling beer in aluminum cans, also known as "crowlers." Under Texas law, only businesses with a permit to manufacture or brew beer, ale, or malt liquor on-site may can their products for resale.

Cuvee founder Mike McKim posted photos of TABC employees taking their crowler equipment from the business Tuesday via Twitter.

TABC gave the business a 30-day warning of the original violation. TABC said that after that warning expired, Cuvee stated on social media that it would continue filling and selling crowlers despite the warning. TABC said that led to an undercover investigation, during which TABC employees witnessed sales of the crowlers.


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