Craft beer battle on tap today in Tallahassee

Posted by Troy Kinsey on March 24, 2014 

Florida allows craft breweries to fill and sell unlimited amounts of gallon- and quart-sized beer jugs, popularly called growlers. But half-gallon growlers, the most-popular size in the 47 other states that allow them, are banned

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— Craft beer brewers from across Florida are expected to be in Tallahassee Monday in hopes of stopping a bill they say could put them out of business.

Florida allows craft breweries to fill and sell unlimited amounts of gallon- and quart-sized beer jugs, popularly called growlers. But half-gallon growlers, the most-popular size in the 47 other states that allow them, are banned.

The legislation, which will be voted on by the House Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee Monday afternoon, would ban craft breweries from selling their beer in bottles or cans and would put new restrictions on growlers, outlawing gallon-sized take-home jugs.

Brewers claim the bill (HB 1329) is an attempt by major beer distributors, namely Anheuser-Busch InBev, to curb the growing craft beer industry.

Supporters of the bill say that is not true, adding that the move would legalize the more popular half-gallon growlers - which they say brewers have been asking for.

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