On Wednesday, a proposed amendment to CS/SB 186 was filed that would place an artificial cap on the number of vendor licenses that a brewery in Florida may obtain. There is currently no such limit but the amendment would set the limit at 9. This would mean that any given brewery could open nine total breweries that have taprooms. Any additional manufacturing location would not be allowed to sell beer on site. Breweries that are already licensed are, in effect, grandfathered in and allowed 9 additional vendor-licensed breweries.
This bill started as a simple and straightforward growler bill. Late last year, the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (FBWA) stated that they “believe it is now time to separate the growler from the larger conversation.” However, soon after, two retail organizations sought to challenge Florida’s “tourism exception” and the FBWA and the Beer Industry of Florida (BIF) sought to intervene and support […]