Craft beer bill ready for Senate vote today

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A bill that would restrict take-home sales of cans, bottles and kegs of beer at Florida breweries is ready for a Senate vote.

The bill was amended Monday over questions that it could hurt breweries. The bill would allow bottle and can sales at breweries, but they would be limited to no more than 20 percent of the total beer production. The restriction wouldn’t apply to breweries that produce fewer than 2,000 kegs of beer a year.

It also would restrict keg sales to one per person per day.

The benefit to brewers is a provision that would legalize half-gallon refillable beer containers that are the industry standard in 47 states.

The Florida Brewers Guild opposes the bill because there are no limits on packaged beer sales at breweries.