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Hearings for Beer Rule Exception Begin

Source: WFSU | By: Nick Evans


After beer retailers and distributors challenged a legal exception that helps craft brewers open up tap rooms, two Florida senators put forward a measure doing away with the exception completely—in effect ensuring breweries can sell beer on-site.  But that original challenge hasn’t disappeared.

What is a structure?  How do you determine whether or not it promotes Florida tourism?  And where does Busch Gardens come in?

The theme park—or better, an exception it successfully lobbied for in the 1980s—is at the center of a dispute about beer licensing in the state.  Florida has a three tier alcohol distribution system based on the idea of separating businesses involved in brewing distributing and retailing.  But, Busch Gardens is the exception that proves the rule.

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