The Florida Legislature’s 2015 session kicks off in less than a month, on March 3, 2015. If you enjoyed our posts during the last legislative session about the bills that promised to promote or destroy, respectively, Florida craft beverage industry, then head over to to FloridaCraft.org.
We’ll be posting legislative updates on Florida Craft’s website, leaving the Brewers’ Law website for Florida beverage manufacturers who need answers about what the law is, not anxiety about what it might become (remember last year, when nothing happened in the end?).
If you’re a beverage manufacturer or a manufacturer in planning, this is your place for the legal information you need right now. For the rest of you, head over to FloridaCraft.org for my post about House Bill 107, which promises big changes to Florida’s beverage laws to help craft brewers and distillers.
As previously reported, the ABT has adopted a new policy requiring all taproom license applications to be reviewed in the Tallahassee district office. The new policy was announced in an email from Marie Fraher, the ABT’s Chief of Licensing, in an email to ABT licensing personnel. We obtained a copy of Ms. Fraher’s email by public records request, and you can read it here.
after before the Florida Independent Spirits Association (FISA) and the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) filed lawsuits accusing the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (ABT) of improperly licensing Florida brewery taprooms (discussed in Q&A for Breweries: The FISA Lawsuit), the ABT quietly changed its procedure for how brewery applications are to be handled.
What does the lawsuit by Florida Independent Spirits Association (FISA) mean for Florida’s existing breweries and breweries-in-process? Our take on January 14, 2015 is contained in this Q&A.
Can a Florida beer bar fill growlers? Can a Florida brewery fill growlers with guest beers? The Florida Beverage Law and related regulations do not provide a clear answer. So we took the next step: we called the government agency in charge, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (ABT). Actually, we called each of the ABT’s Law Enforcement District Offices, and we asked each of them this question:
“Can a holder of a 2COP license fill growlers (within the legal size limits and properly sealed) for off-premises consumption?”
The answers we got, shown in the table below, were not entirely consistent.