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Growler bill passes Senate, and why its language gives the craft beer biz hope

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Growler bill passes Senate, and why its language gives the craft beer biz hope

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Growler bill passes Senate, and why its language gives the craft beer biz hope

Enlarge Photo The Florida Senate unanimously passed a beer bill on Tuesday that will legalize the long suffering 64-oz. growler, among other things. The Florida Senate unanimously passed a beer bill on Tuesday that will legalize the long suffering 64-oz. growler, among other things.

The state House is working on a similar bill and the issue is closer to resolution that ever.

Because of rules set in place long before the craft beer business took off in Florida and became one of the fastest-growing industries in Tampa Bay, jugs of beer only have been legal in containers up to a quart or more than a gallon. The 64-oz. growler is the industry standard. Florida will be among the last to legalize the growler if this bill gets passed.

The new law also would regulate tap rooms, the retail strategy many craft breweries have used in Florida to grow their brands. Beer distributors and retailers, which have blocked this legislation in years past, have wanted the taprooms regulated because they are a loophole in the three-tiered system of […]

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