Sen. Kelli Stargel discusses passage of ‘beer bill’

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Senator Kelli Stargel today released the following statement regarding the passage of a strike-all amendment and the discussion on Senate Bill 1714, the so-called beer bill.

“I appreciate my colleagues’ adoption of the strike-all amendment I offered today,” said Stargel. “Craft breweries are a burgeoning industry in the State of Florida and this good bill ensures that they are legally operating under the context of the law – not in a grey area.  Currently, craft breweries operate under a tourism exemption and this bill simply clarifies and codifies this licensure, so this industry can continue to prosper and grow under the law.”

Continued Stargel, “Again, I want to emphasize that this bill will not put craft breweries out of business. The strike-all passed today represents an effort to not only address concerns from the craft brewery industry, but, most importantly, ensures the craft beer industry is operating legally under the current regulatory framework.”

Stargel on Monday backed off some controversial provisions of a beer bill likened to a mob-like shakedown of Florida’s exploding craft brew industry, reports Aaron Deslatte of the Orlando Sentinel.
 
The bill would legalize 64-ounce “growler” jugs of beer to be filled by in brew pubs. But craft brewers have been up in arms this spring over the rest of the bill, which would have required breweries selling more than 2,000 kegs of beer a year to fall under the state’s Prohibition-era,”three-tiered” regulatory system requiring beer-makers to sell their bottled or canned products through distributors.

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