Bill would give beer freedom

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You can go into a brew pub and get a 32 ounce beer to go. And you can go in and fill up a gallon bucket and take it home. But the most common size to-go beer container around the rest of the country, the 64-ounce growler, can’t be filled up by brewpubs under Florida law. That would change under a bill (SB 1344) approved Thursday by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

“Many people bring in their 64-ounce growlers, proud to show their local brewery, and they get to our brewery and we tell them ‘We can’t fill that for you. I can sell you two 32-ounce growlers to equal the same.,'” Justin Clark of Cigar City Brewery in Tampa told the panel. “It’s just silly. “We’ve got to get rid of this archaic law.” Large beer distributors oppose the idea. 

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.