Bill allowing 64-ounce beer growlers moves forward
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's craft breweries would be able to sell 64-ounce containers of beer for customers to take home under a bill that won approval in its first Senate committee stop.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee unanimously approved the measure (SB 1344) on Thursday. It's sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala.
Florida's growing number of craft breweries can now sell 32-ounce and 128-ounce containers, known as growlers. The containers are filled on site from beer taps as customers order them. The 64-ounce growlers are legal in 47 other states, but are illegal in Florida.
Justin Clark of Tampa's Cigar City Brewing said it's silly that they can sell two quart-sized growlers, but not a half gallon. He said out-of-state customers bring in 64-ounce growlers that can't be filled.
Beer distributors oppose the bill.