Clarification on ABT’s New Taproom Licensing Policy

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.

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The Florida Wineries Report – November 2014

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Huge jump in month-to-month taxpaid sales in November 2014.

Monthly Hightlights

  • No new wineries in this edition of The Florida Wineries Report.
  • In November 2014, the total number of reporting wineries stood at 69. Of that number, 38 reported taxpaid sales for the month.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales were up a whooping 49.5% in November 2014. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 0.29%.

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The Florida Breweries Report – November 2014

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)Three new breweries join the ranks of Florida breweries, and monthly retail sales were up in November 2014.

Monthly Highlights

  • Three new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: Stilt House Brewery in Palm Harbor, Bowigens Beer Company in Casselberry, and Barley Mow Brewing Company‘s new production brewery in Largo.
  • In November 2014, the total number of reporting breweries stands at 133. Of those, 105 breweries reported retail sales.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 4.43% in November 2014. total sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 2.77%.
  • In October 2014, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.34% of all beer sales in Florida.

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FISA Lawsuit Prompts ABT to Immediately Change Licensing Procedures

Shortly 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.

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Who Can Fill Growlers in Florida? Depends on Who You Ask

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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.

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The Florida Wineries Report – October 2014

Florida Wineries Report Logo (14.11)Taxpaid sales by Florida wineries lost ground in October 2014.

Monthly Hightlights

  • One new winery is included in this edition of The Florida Wineries Report: The Hidden Vine in West Palm Beach.
  • In October 2014, the total number of reporting wineries stands at 69. Of that number, 38 reported taxpaid sales for the month.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales were down 1.8% in October 2014. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) decreased 0.91%

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The Florida Breweries Report – October 2014

 

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)A second Florida Brewery surpasses Annheuser Busch in monthly retail sales.

Monthly Highlights

  • Only one new brewery is included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report. Winery and tasting room Two Lions Winery, in Dunedin, is now a licensed brewpub as well.
  • In October 2014, the total number of reporting breweries stands at 129. Of those, 108 breweries reported retail sales.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was down 3.09% in October 2014. total sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 2.37%.

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The Florida Wineries Report – September 2014

Florida Wineries Report Logo (14.11)Two new wineries in September’s Florida Wineries Report.

Monthly Highlights

  • We introduce a new table in this report: a comparison of the Florida wineries’’ taxpaid sales compared to taxpaid sales of all wine in Florida.
  • Two new wineries are included in this edition of The Florida Wineries Report: Whispering Oaks Winery in Oxford and Wine Stream in Tampa.
  • In September 2014, the total number of reporting wineries stands at 68. Of those 36 reported taxpaid sales.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 19.8% in September 2014. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 2.71%.

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The Florida Breweries Report – September 2014

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)How do Florida breweries’ retail sales compare to sales of all beer in Florida? The answer in September’s Florida Breweries Report.

Monthly Highlights

  • We introduce a new table in this report: a comparison of the Florida brewers’ taxpaid sales compared to taxpaid sales of all beer in Florida.
  • A whopping 9 new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Breweries Report: Playalinda Brewing Co. in Titusville, Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. in Miami, House of Beer in Citrus Park, Ulele in Tampa, Old Soul Brewing in Ft. Myers, JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company in Madeira Beach, Wop’s Hops Brewing Co. in Sanford, and Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand.
  • Two breweries drop off The Florida Breweries Report, because they are no longer licensed to manufacturer beer: ESB Brewing and Lagniappe Brewing Company.
  • In September 2014, the total number of reporting breweries stands at 128. Of those 103 reported taxpaid sales.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 3.23% in September 2014. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 2.90%.

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