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Florida’s Beer Industry Finally Gets Some Much-Needed Wind In Its Sails

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom over the past couple of years, you may have noticed something a little … unusual … and I’m not talking about the ghost of deceased welder “George” on the Pirates of the Caribbean experience. Whereas you might have watched your dad sip on a cold, familiar Bud […]

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New Proposed Law Could Shake Craft Brewers’ 3-tier System

A proposed craft brewery bill in Florida could collapse the tower of the three-tier system that now exists between breweries and distributors. The state House on Feb. 7 filed House Bill 679, a companion bill to Senate Bill 554, which would give small businesses looking to break into the craft-brewing business a chance to deliver […]

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Beer distributors emphasize local presence amid beer industry consolidation at national convention

Participants at all levels of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) annual convention, held Sept. 25-28 in Chicago, affirmed over and again the importance of local knowledge and relationships in their businesses. The NBWA exists to support America’s independent beer distributors through advocacy and education, and AB InBev’s move to acquire SABMiller loomed large in […]

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More Breweries Find a Home on the Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast’s young brewery scene is experiencing a growth spurt. After a relatively late start compared to the rest of the nation, more craft breweries are opening here and existing ones are expanding. Treasure Coast’s newest and largest brewery, Islamorada Beer Co., opens Friday in Fort Pierce just two months after Walking Tree Brewery […]

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With School Starting, Florida’s Beer Industry Reminds Motorists To Drive Safely

Most Florida schools opened this week, and the rest will soon start. An unlikely source is reminding the public about safety as kids head back to school: The Florida Beer Wholesalers Association. About a week ago, Florida’s beer industry released the school safety video called “School’s Back, Drive Safely.” What makes it different is the […]

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The Growth of Great Bay

Great Bay Distributors was founded in 1968 by Claude & Nina Focardi and family. From its humble beginning, operating a tiny warehouse in St. Petersburg and carrying only three brands from a single supplier, Great Bay has grown into one of the largest beer distributors in Tampa Bay. Today, Great Bay distributes 350 beer brands […]

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Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Gadsden County Men of Action Partnered with Tri-Eagle Sales for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Midway, FL (December 2015) — The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and locally owned and operated Tri-Eagle Sales, an Anheuser-Busch distributor, are pleased to announce the collection of 807 toys for the annual Holiday Toy Drive through the Gadsden County Men of Action. Chamber members, employees of Tri-Eagles Sales, other local businesses, and caring members of the community […]

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Three Cheers for Three-Tier and Your Craft Beer Distributor

I’d like to present a handful of scenarios to you: It’s 5:00 P.M. on a Friday (finally), and like many Americans, your work week is ending. You’re ready for two things: the weekend, and some good damn beer – because let’s be honest, the weekend isn’t the weekend without the good damn beer. Lucky you, […]

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Bottoms Up! Study Finds Florida Beer Industry Taps in $14 billion to State Economy

Florida is a thirsty state, and one of its favorite beverages is beer. For the Sunshine State, a fast-growing beer industry has developed into a strong economic engine, one that pumps billions into the state’s economy, with more than 125,000 jobs, says a new report unveiled Tuesday. Brewers, importers, distributors, suppliers and retailers contribute more […]

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