A bill to allow retailers to sell beer, malt liquor and other malt beverages in 64-ounce containers – sometimes known as growlers – was filed Tuesday by Representative Katie Edwards.
Current law only allows 32-ounce or gallon size (128-ounce) containers. A number of brew pubs around the country sell “growlers,” or refillable to-go jugs, but they’re not allowed in Florida. Craft brewers have been pushing for a few years to allow the industry-standard 64-ounce bottles. Florida has debated malt beverage freedom before, going back to 2000 with efforts by Sen. Tom Lee and Rep. David Bitner, to a break a 35 year law that had restricted bottles and cans to 8, 12, 16 and 32 ounce sizes. Edwards’s bill (HB 715) would blow the top off that 32 ounce (glass) ceiling.