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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Brews Brothers? Here's What You Need To Know

My firm has handled more liquor liability (dram shop) cases than anyone else in Texas. With over 30 years of practice behind me, I can attest to just how many bars regularly fail to adhere to alcohol service laws, particularly when it comes to their obligation to refuse service to patrons who are already drunk. While the public might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, it is much less common for it to hear about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to increase people's awareness of this problem, I dedicate a portion of my time to researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and reporting my findings here on my website. If you think you may have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim and have questions about how to proceed, please call me at (855) 326-0000.

Brews Brothers is a bar located in San Antonio, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, authorities conducted three separate investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.

In my experience, it's uncommon for a bar without a history of run-ins with the TABC to end up on the hook for contributing to a wrongful death or injury. Virtually every bar I have ever sued was already on the authorities' radar. That's why I pay close attention to bars with several recent complaints against them. The more investigations a bar has had, the greater my concern is that it could one day contribute to an accident.

Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence of a violation, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated Brews Brothers for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Brews Brothers Between 2017 and 2018


San Antonio - 7403 Leslie Road Suite 214 And 216

Allegations:

On 02/07/2017, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging the bar sold alcohol to a minor.

Authorities looked into the matter shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires either video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take action. Having neither in this investigation, authorities decided to close the case on 03/07/2017.

A member of the San Antonio community reached out to the TABC on 07/18/2017, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to a minor.

While the ensuing investigation failed to find any evidence to support the initial allegation, authorities did find evidence that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace (typically a fight), which they classified as an administrative violation. After issuing a written warning, the TABC brought its work on the case to a close on 08/08/2017.

A third citizen complaint reached the TABC on 04/11/2018, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.

Upon investigation, authorities found evidence that the bar sold alcohol to a minor, which they classified as both an administrative and criminal violation. After handing down an unspecified fine, the TABC closed the case on 05/05/2018.

Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars

If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.