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Report: Rainey Street bar fined by TABC for refilling

UPDATE: A representative with Icenhauer’s issued the following statement concerning the bar coming under fine by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission earlier this year:

"In an effort to save bottles, after a bottle was finished, we would wash it out, remove all labels and then batch our house made infusions into said bottles. We always advertised our house-made infusions as exactly that, house-made infusions. When the citation was received in May, we addressed and corrected the issue immediately. We have since used third party glass containers for all infusions."

EARLIER: Rainey Street bar Icenhauer’s was fined earlier this year by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for “refilling,” according to data obtained by the Houston Chronicle

Icenhauer’s was one of more than a dozen businesses in the state that came under fire for refilling bottles or substituting alcohol. According to the Chronicle, Harrison County had the highest number of offenders. 

The paper reports that Icenhauer’s was fined $900 for the offense on May 20.

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The Chronicle defines refilling as “the illegal practice of refilling a bottle of alcohol with that same or a different type of drink.” Other Texas businesses were fined for brand substitution, where a different brand of alcohol than requested is served. 

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