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Craft beer debate includes … Chance the Rapper?

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Craft brewers can thank Chance the Rapper for getting this year’s beer bill over its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday cleared the measure (SB 554) on a 6-3 vote. Democrats Perry Thurston and Randolph Bracy joined Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto in opposing the bill.   But Oscar Braynon, the chamber’s Democratic Leader, said he would support the legislation because of the example of the 23-year-old Chicago-based rap star. The measure would allow smaller craft brewers to…

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Craft distilleries hire lobbyists for upcoming session

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As lawmakers get ready to consider relaxing the state’s booze regulations, distillers have started to lobby up for the 2017 Legislative Session.   According to lobbying registration records reviewed Monday, some craft liquor makers have hired or re-hired representation for the upcoming session: Ron Book and Kelly Mallette, for Florida Distillers of Lake Alfred. Foley & Lardner’s Christian Caballero, Paul Lowell, Jon Yapo and Jonathan Kilman, for American Freedom Distillery of Tampa. GrayRobinson’s Jason Unger and Robert Stuart, for the…

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Booze bill would benefit craft distillers

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Florida’s craft distilleries got an early Christmas gift in legislation submitted Wednesday. The bill (SB 166), filed by Republican state Sen. Greg Steube of Sarasota, would change state law to craft distillers’ benefit. He filed similar legislation when he was a House member. One proposal expands how much booze they can produce and still be considered “craft,” raising the limit from 75,000 gallons per year to 250,000 gallons. The bill reduces distilleries’ state license tax from $4,000 to $1,000, provided “it is distilling and bottling all of its…

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Again, craft beer aficionados , be careful what you ask for…

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On Sunday night, I posted a brief post speculating about the future of craft beer in Florida. The post surmised what might happen if the craft industry got everything some in the industry say they want. I put forth a scenario in which sweeping changes to the law would inspire the mega brewers to buy up smaller ones and open up their own “brew pubs” or “tasting rooms” – or whatever the new law would allow. Cue the Rod Serling music. On Tuesday, Brewbound (a pro-craft beer publication) published…

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