Florida's Growler Bills Officially Defeated

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It looks like 32 (or 128) ounce jugs of brew will have to suffice for now.
Beer geeks across the state of Florida have tears in their beers as the bills legalizing 64-ounce growlers didn't make the final cut when the Florida legislature ended its session last Friday

Senate Bill 1344 did not make it past the Commerce and Tourism committee and the House's version, HB 714, died in the Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee.

See also:
- Florida Legislator Trying To Legalize Growlers So You Can Drink More Good Beer
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Introduced by Pinellas County Senator Bill Latvala, the bill was aimed at allowing breweries to sell containers of beer larger than 32 ounces, but less than 128 (one gallon). Both sizes are legal in the state of Florida. The industry standard in 47 states is 64 ounces.

Democratic representative Katie Edwards from Plantation introduced the House's version of the bill. In an earlier interview with the New Times, Edwards said it was specifically aimed at boosting the craft beer industry in Florida.

"People now have an appreciation for these craft beers in Florida, and it would be great to let them produce their beers in a size that's more economical for them to obtain," she said. "The law we have now doesn't make too much sense. It's an arbitrary size restriction. It's archaic."

The bill appeared to be gaining steam in the beginning. Then last month Mitch Rubin--a lobbyist representing the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association convinced Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, not to give it a hearing in the House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee she chairs, according to Fox News. And without receiving the hearing, the bill was effectively dead.

The Florida Beer Wholesalers Association represents the state's Anheuser-Busch distributors. Anheuser-Busch remained neutral on the bill, however Miller-Coors supported it.

Rubin said he was only trying to protect three-tier alcohol distribution system, which forbids manufacturers of alcohol from selling directly to consumers. Some exceptions were made, such as wineries being able to sell bottles of wine directly to tourists. Schnebly Redland's Winery -- which also owns Miami Brewing Company -- is one such example.

This system was established in the wake of prohibition to prevent another Al Capone-like cartel.

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RIP_USA
RIP_USA

"Rubin said he was only trying to protect three-tier alcohol distribution system, which forbids manufacturers of alcohol from selling directly to consumers."  HEY, RUBIN, EXCREMENT FOR BRAINS... it works in other states... many other states permit the sale of growlers.  You represent an industry that is more concerned with the bottom line then producing REAL beer.  

RIP_USA
RIP_USA

I swear... I moved to Fla in 09 as a staunch Republican.. now, thanks to the rampant cronyism and good ole boy politics in the GOP, I am going to vote D (at the State level) from now on.. just to get rid of the likes of Debbie Mayfield!!!!   

RIP_USA
RIP_USA

Useless morons! Knowing how Florida politics work, I am sure the beer industry (and I use the term "beer" lightly, because we all know that Bud and Busch , et al aren’t real beers) lined the pockets of the good ole boys in Tally. No growlers, but they voted to send $1 Million taxpayer dollars to the Sheriff of Palm Beach County  who receives a one half billion dollar budget from the county) in order to implement a system that encourages neighbors to turn in neighbors that express a hatred for government!!   VOTE EVERY STINKING ONE OF THEM OUT NEXT ELECTION !   It's time to rid Florida of the good ole boys... this is 2013, not 1974!!!!   

danimalterrill
danimalterrill

"This system was established in the wake of prohibition to prevent another Al Capone-like cartel."

Which is exactly what the  Florida Beer Wholesalers Association is. But who cares if an established cartel pays for our "Representatives" to make it harder for their competition, right? All's fair in cronyism.

davidgoldfarb
davidgoldfarb

"The bill appeared to be gaining steam in the beginning. Then last month Mitch Rubin--a lobbyist representing theFlorida Beer Wholesalers Associationconvinced Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, not to give it a hearing in the House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee she chairs,according to Fox News. And without receiving the hearing, the bill was effectively dead."

Sounds like democracy to me.

Anthony Latour
Anthony Latour

Don't worry guys, it's only the 64oz growler. U could still buy a quart and gallon sized jug.

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

whatever happened to the free market and capitalism?

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