Craft Beer-Killing Bill Passes in Florida Senate

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The good news first: The Florida Senate passed a bill today that clears the way for craft breweries to sell 64-ounce growlers directly to customers. The bad news: the bill places so many other regulations on Florida's booming craft beer industry it could kill it before it gets a chance to blossom.

Florida has long had some of the toughest regulations on the size of bottles beer can be sold on in the United States. It's why we have to settle for playing Edward Thirty-two-hands here instead of Edward Fortyhands. Except for kegs, 32 ounces was the largest volume of beer you could buy in a single bottle here in Florida.

Forty-seven other states allow for the sale of growlers, 64-ounce glass jugs popular amongst local and crafter breweries.

The burgeoning industry has fought to remove the ban on growlers for years now. Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, in turn sponsored legislation to lift the ban ... but it came with a lot of other regulations. Breweries that produce more than 2,000 kegs of beer a year would be prohibited from selling more than 20 percent of their stock directly to costumers. They'd be forced to sell the rest through beer distributors who would then sell to customers at a markup.

The bill also includes a clause that limits sales of kegs to one per customer per day.

The bill has attracted supporters and opponents alike from both sides of the aisle, a bit of a rarity for Florida's often-polarized legislature. Senators on both sides have expressed the need for better regulations and guidelines for the new industry, while others have painted the bill as a jobs killer.

A version of the bill in the House has not yet made it to the floor.

Either way, if Floridians are allowed to buy growlers this year it may affect the overall craft beer industry. If the bill doesn't pass, that it may be a whole year before the issue is finally decided.

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59 comments
Matt Reibel
Matt Reibel

Michael del Vice Get Rick Scott and his thugs out of office so Charlie Christ and his thugs can return back to office? Hopefully Floridians will finally wake up this election cycle and vote third party, otherwise nothing will change.

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

not surprised, our state is turning into total garbage. Can we elect one fucking decent individual. Get Rick Scott and his thugs out of office!!

River Ay
River Ay

get your act together, Florida!!!

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

This bill is dead since the House didn't pass it. Get it right Miami New Times. Lol journalism.

Mercedita Duràn
Mercedita Duràn

..who wants to write next nevermind fudge the cancer patients

Alex Cue
Alex Cue

Sunshine State is a shady place.

Eddie Leon
Eddie Leon

The bill didn't pass the house. It's dead. Party time!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Yes. They destroyed a burgeoning industry.

Joseph Tijerino
Joseph Tijerino

^senate, Zachary Larson. not the house. it'll be difficult to make it a law without doing that. still this is outrageous

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................there is so much PAC money and other political contributions out there that a shrewd elected official will vote AGAINST something the constituents want as if to shake the MONEY TREE and see what drops into his/her lap

collect enough and he/her can simply change their vote

don't collect enough and the position remains until more money comes into their coffers

meanwhile collect as much now from InBev and BEER DISTRIBUTORS today

it's how ALL elected officials hold leverage on the money contributed by special interests and in this case the lucky politician can collect for BOTH sides as those special interest AGAINST the growlers, like Anheuser-Busch InBev, will apparently pay BIG money which the politicians can currently take in hand over fist now AND also collect from any PACs and organizations FOR the growlers who will ultimately figure out how to funnel funds into those politicians coffers and pay the freight

whether the craft-beer industry and / or the growler becomes a sustainible industry today or five or ten years hence doesn't matter to the desicion makers doing the legislature - what matters to them is to YIELD as much money in POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS NOW that they can drag their feet or better vote NO and then later vote YES to collect from every interested special lobby

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

call your congressman call your Senators call your house representative? don't cry and complain post the phone numbers and do something ? and by the way guns in schools.that's only if the school Thanks it's necessary.and only a trained person would be able to.and that's just so little Johnny that never was shown right from wrong comes in the school with a gun they can stop him.seems like a lot of people don't know how to be parents these days?

Dan Supertramp
Dan Supertramp

I'll keep brewing my own until this state figures things out!

Keith Lawler
Keith Lawler

Everyone knows laws are rarely enforced in Florida so no worries.

Alina Escarpanter
Alina Escarpanter

Doesn't the senate have better things to be deciding on the beer sales? Wtf!

John Serrano
John Serrano

Adrian Already read it. Its just an attention grabbing headline that newtimes has been resorting to lately.

Paco Palacio
Paco Palacio

So this law was passed to protect who again? Why is it that our laws constantly contradict popular opinion? This is America damnit!

Tommy Mauri
Tommy Mauri

South Florida should push for secession

Adrian Alvarez
Adrian Alvarez

John Serrano Pablo Heredia ..... Enjoy this article

Aaron Fishbein
Aaron Fishbein

In the bright side, also passed a bill that says teachers can carry guns in schools, even though namby pamby liberal school organizations and school administers were against it. Oh wait, I'm totally against that too, dammit they are awful

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Congratulations Republicans, you are to blame for destroying the burgeoning craft beer industry!!

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