2014 Legislative Winner: Josh Aubuchon

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In another David vs. Goliath of the 2014 Session, craft beer took on “Big beer,” delivering a win for Josh Aubuchon despite making less movement than the craft brewers sought.

Aubuchon, chief lobbyist for the Florida Brewers Guild, used his uncanny grasp on Florida’s beverage laws to keep his issue making waves. Even in rooms full of Florida’s most powerful lobbyists, with people twice his age and far more experience.

To one lobbyist working on the issue who nominated Aubuchon, it was “Josh Aubuchon>Mitch Rubin”.

“It was a pleasure of mine to be in the trenches in the craft beer vs. big beer war and I have to offer tremendous kudos to Josh Aubuchon,” this lobbyist said. “In short, the craft beer industry would’ve gotten rolled this session without his acumen and backbone.”

The craft breweries will be back. But for now, the 2014 win goes to Josh Aubuchon for making quite a name for himself in a short period of time.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.