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Three-year battle over 64-ounce growlers all but over

all-growlers-clipped2It has been a long convoluted journey, but on Friday the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize 64-ounce growlers for tap room beer sales. The size, a standard in 48 of the United States, has long been a point of contention between craft brewers and some of the state’s distributors and macro-brewers.

“This day has been a long time coming,” House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, said on the floor Friday. “It was a lot harder than it should have been, and a lot of you have lived through this craziness with me.”

The bill, now awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature or veto, also allows breweries to open up to eight tap rooms for customers to purchase beer by the pint as well as fill growlers. Up to today, breweries have been using an exemption in state law meant to encourage tourism – and originally put in place at the request of Anheuser-Busch so that the company’s beer could be served at Busch Gardens in Tampa and Sea World in Orlando, which were owned by the beer giant at the time.

growlerFriday’s passage of the bill (SB 186) ends three years of arguments between craft breweries, mega-breweries and distributors. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and in the House by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Young.

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Beer News


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Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning

9INV_BEER_BATTLEThere is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs filled from beer taps for patrons to take off-premises for consumption.

Currently, Florida law allows breweries to fill growlers with their own beer in only one-quart or one-gallon sizes. The problem is that the national standard for growler size is one half-gallon. Indeed, Florida is the only state in the union that completely bans half-gallon growlers.

The fight has raged for years and breweries throughout the state are not shy about talking about their disdain for the current state of the law. In Jacksonville, Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works is particularly vocal on the subject and has even gone so far as to hire a lobbiest to bring the brawl to the capitol’s steps.

Today, the fight went national on the CBS This Morning television program. Read the full story of a bar owner,Guy Piasecki  bucking the system by lawyering up to get the law changed here:

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Beer News


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