The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission seized canning equipment from Cuvee Coffee.
The TABC took the equipment and issued a violation notice to Cuvee Coffee. They say their auditors witnessed employees illegally canning beer.
Cuvee Coffee was issued a written warning in June, and they were given 30 days to stop canning beer.
Under state law, only businesses with a permit to manufacture or brew beer, ale, or malt liquor on-site may "can" their products for resale.
According to a press release by TABC.
Cuvee Coffee has been charged with possession of equipment or material for manufacture of unauthorized beverages after TABC auditors witnessed employees illegally canning beer without the proper permit on multiple occasions. The action comes after the retailer was issued a written warning for the same violation June 25, at which time TABC gave them 30 days to cease canning operations.
FOX 7 spoke with Cuvee Coffee owner Mike Mckim yesterday. According to Mckim the TABC press release is "totally inaccurate." He says that Cuvee did not receive repeated warnings, they were given 1 warning.
In response to TABC’s recent actions Cuvee released the video below to their facebook page.
EXCLUSIVE: Released video from the seizure of our crowlers earlier today.Posted by Cuvee Coffee on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Cuvee Coffee released an official statement as well...
Cuvee’s position has been, and continues to be, that the practice of filling and selling crowlers does not violate its TABC permit nor any provision of the alcoholic beverage code. Cuvee is a law abiding business, with good relations with TABC representatives.