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After Three Years of Debate, Florida Legislature Passes Growler Bill

On Friday, the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize 64-ounce growlers, which, though a standard size in the industry, have long been illegal in this state. The Senate approved the legislation (SB 186) last week. The legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature or veto, allows craft breweries to sell the half-gallon jugs of […]

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Saint Arnold Brewing Expanding Distribution to Miami Starting April 6th

Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced its long-awaited expansion to Miami. The decision comes nearly a year and a half after Saint Arnold first established a presence in the Florida panhandle and along the Florida Gulf Coast. “We wanted to take time to establish a solid footprint along the […]

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Again, Craft Beer Aficionados, Be Careful What You Ask For…

On Sunday night, I posted a brief post speculating about the future of craft beer in Florida. The post surmised what might happen if the craft industry got everything some in the industry say they want. I put forth a scenario in which sweeping changes to the law would inspire the mega brewers to buy up smaller ones and open up […]

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Hearings for Beer Rule Exception Begin

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 […]

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Alchemy & Science’s Two-Pronged Approach for Craft Growth

If you ask Alan Newman what it’s like to build a craft brewery in Miami, expect to hear a few expletives. Newman, the president of Alchemy & Science — a craft beer incubator and wholly-owned subsidiary of Boston Beer — has been trying to pry open the doors to Concrete Beach Brewery for nearly 18 […]

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A Little More Perspective…

Dear Mr. Halker, I read the blog you posted on your website and would like the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (FBWA) and myself. I appreciate your concerns and the concerns of so many small, local brewers throughout Florida.  To that end, please know that we are not your […]

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Florida Beer Wholesalers Association Announces Support for Separate “Growler” Bill

Tallahassee, December 8, 2014 — Today, the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (FBWA) formally announced its support for a stand-alone “growler” bill – a measure that would allow the state to lift the restriction on 64-ounce growlers. The Association, long a supporter of lifting the restriction had, for years, tied its support to the larger discussion […]

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Raising a Glass to the 21st Amendment

Have you taken a walk down the beer aisle recently? It’s pretty incredible to see just how much choice the beer consumer has. From lagers to lambics, and porters to pilsners, it’s safe to say, there’s something for every beer consumer. For those of us who have been legal beer consumers for a couple of […]

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U.K. Vote Allows Pubs to Opt Out of Buying Owners’ Beer

LONDON—It looks like last call for a 400-year-old British rule requiring many pubs here to buy their beer from the large companies that own them. Shares in Britain’s largest pub companies fell sharply Wednesday after lawmakers voted the previous evening to allow “tenanted” pubs to buy their beer on the open market. The change would […]

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