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Change Brewing: Texas Craft Beer Makers Advance In Austin


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Little beer clinks bottles, the rebranding bug bites North Texas cities, fancy parking at DFW's Terminal A and more.

Craft brewers have been pulling for two key bills that would grow little Texas beer. They have occasion for cheering (and cheers-ing): The Senate passed the measure on Monday.

If the measure clears the House, brewpubs like Deep Ellum Brewing Company and brewers like Denton’s budding Armadillo Ales will be able to sell a limited amount of beer through distributors and sell their own where it’s made. [Dallas News]

  • In the nonalcoholic arena, soda is sliding (even though the New York mayor's plan to ban mega-sized sugary drinks was shot down). And that's great news for Fiji, Evian, Dasani and their watery cousins. You heard it from the chairman of Nestle North America, Kim Jeffreys: “For thousands of years, water was beverage of choice for human beings,” he said. “Now we’re reverting back to that.” [Citizen-Times]
  • Will the city of Dallas’ "Big Things Happen Here" rebranding influence the plans of surrounding cities? After some deliberation Monday, Plano has decided to keep its “City Of Excellence” tagline instead of a proposed “We Connect Here.” But the logo is still up for discussion, and if it does change, a spruce-up will become a semi-regular item on the agenda, according to WFAA. (As for Denton, well, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Kim Phillips is now, somewhat confusingly, promoting a spiritual pilgrimage called “Dentoning.”)
  • DFW Airport’s Terminal A is in the spotlight – and so is that sometimes-elusive parking space outside the building. Renovations on the guinea-pig terminal are complete. Among them: Lights that turn green or red over parking spots to indicate whether the slot is open (and whether you’ll make your flight or pickup when it's down to the wire). [NBCDFW]
  • As the domestic violence speeches fade from Saturday’s Men Against Abuse rally, the questions beckons: What now? In the Northwest, shelters are putting value on the aesthetic quality of their structures as an agent of change. Former domestic violence home worker Sarah Goodyear wonders: If the spaces women flee to were more comfortable, and if they could see photos of rooms online, even, to help imagine their road to recovery, would more victims seek help? And when they arrive, would they feel more empowered? [Atlantic Cities]
Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.