Brewers’ Law 101: Florida ABT Manufacturing License

Florida ABTThe manufacture of alcoholic beverages (generally, any beverage with greater than 0.5% alcohol by volume) is regulated by the federal government and the state government. Within the government of the State of Florida, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT). The ABT is the agency responsible for licensing the alcoholic beverage industry, for collection and auditing of taxes and fees paid by beverage licensees, and for enforcing the laws and regulations of the alcoholic beverage industry.

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Brewers’ Law 101: Federal FDA Food Facility Registration

FDAThe service of food products, including alcoholic beverages, is regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety and other areas.

Before manufacturing or selling alcoholic beverages (or any other food product), the food processor must register with the FDA. Registration does not require specific approval by the FDA. Registration involves filing a short form that is completed and submitted entirely online using the FDA’s online registration system. There is no registration fee.

Brewers’ Law 101: Federal TTB Retail Registration

TTB SealThe retail sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the federal government and the state government. Within the federal government, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the agency charged with collecting federal taxes on alcohol and assuring compliance with alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements.

Before selling alcoholic beverages within the United States, the retailer must register with the TTB. Unlike the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages, retail sales do not require specific approval by the TTB. Registering as a retailer with the TTB involves filing a short form in hard copy by mail. There is no registration fee.

Brewers’ Law 101: Federal TTB Manufacturing License

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For the next 10 weeks, we’ll devote a short post to each of the 10 licenses and permits that are generally required when a beverage manufacturer opens in Florida.

The manufacture of alcoholic beverages (generally, any beverage with greater than 0.5% alcohol by volume) is regulated by the federal government and the state government. Within the federal government, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the agency charged with collecting federal taxes on alcohol and assuring compliance with alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements.

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Perfect Pairing: 5 Myths About Florida Breweries and Restaurants

By Jackie Waters. Used with permission under Creative Commons license.

By Jackie Waters. Used with permission under Creative Commons license.

Nothing goes better with fresh brewed beer than a fresh cooked bratwurst–or pizza, or a burger, or a million other foods. So why don’t more Florida breweries have restaurants attached? For some breweries, it could be because of one of the several myths that persist about that perfect pairing: brewery and restaurant.

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