Category Archives: Florida

The Florida Wineries Report – June 2014

Florida Wineries Report LogoIntroducing the all-new Florida Wineries Report–monthly rankings and data tracking the growth of Florida’s winemaking industry.

Notes About this Edition of The Florida Wineries Report

  • All beverage manufacturers holding a AMW (manufacturer or bottler of wine) or a BMCW (manufacturer of wines and cordials) are included in The Florida Wineries Report. This includes cideries, meaderies, vineyards, make-it-yourself wine shops, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages, and negociant winemakers. They’re all in The Florida Wineries Report, which makes direct comparisons a bit difficult.
  • This edition of The Florida Wineries Report reflects information about each winery’s reported taxpaid sales, as reflected on the ABT’s monthly wholesale reports for June 2014, the most recent information available. Taxpaid sales includes all activities for which the winery itself (rather than its distributor) is required to report and pay Florida’s alcoholic beverage tax.
  • Full production numbers (including retail sales and other production) are not publicly available for wineries. This means that these reports only reflect the wineries’ own tasting room sales and other taxpaid activities, and only if they are no reported by a distributor. We’re working with the ABT to get full production numbers. While the ABT does collect full production numbers, it does not compile the numbers the same way they do the retail sale numbers.
  • A handful of Florida wineries have reported no taxpaid sales during the last 12 months. There are many reasons why a Florida winery might report no taxpaid sales. Because we don’t have a basis for ranking these wineries, they are collected in the No Reported Activity table below.
  • Based on taxpaid sales, the Florida winemaking industry had positive annual growth at a rate of 1.54% in June 2014.

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Florida Breweries Benefit from Local Support

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Credit Sam Slaughter, Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.

In her August 1, 2014 column, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab celebrates Central Florida’s growing number of breweries and the support they’re getting from local government officials. At the same time, Ms. Kassab takes aim at Florida’s state-level politicians, most of whom haven’t given much help or attention to Florida breweries.

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Before Choosing a Beverage Manufacturing Location: 5 Questions

New Coppertail Brewery Location in Tampa

New Coppertail Brewing Co. Location in Tampa. Credit Coppertail Brewing Co.

Choosing the location for your new Florida brewery, winery, or distillery is a big moment in the life of your beverage business. Before making a final decision, answer these five questions about the location.

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The Florida Breweries Report – April 2014

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.07.04)Brewpubs are breweries too, right? We think so. Even though the Floria ABT separates its reporting on the retail sales by Florida production breweries (CMB license) and Florida brewpubs (CMBP license), we don’t have to. For the first time, Florida breweries and brewpubs are all together in The Florida Breweries Report.

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When a Brewery Closes

Credit Ben Husmann. Creative Common License.

Credit Ben Husmann. Creative Common License.

Have you every watched a runner take a hard fall during a marathon? That’s how I feel about Mile Marker Brewing Co.’s closing its taproom last week. I am sure it was a hard decision for the Mile Marker team, and I wish them the best.

I do not have any special insight into the situation at Mile Marker, but it got me thinking about some of the legal issues the may come up when a Florida brewery, winery, or distillery closes its doors. Continue reading

Dear 64 oz Growler, Florida Doesn’t (Intentionally) Hate You

The Florida law outlawing the 64 oz growler was never about the 64 oz growler.

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Prior to 2001, the Florida Statutes limited the size of beer containers to 8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz or 1 gallon and over. That had been the law since 1965, when the limitation on container sizes was first introduced. A record of the legislators’ deliberations isn’t available from those days, but a 1999 Senate report says Florida legislators at the time were mad at Miller Brewing Co for building a plant in Georgia, and the size limitations were aimed at outlawing a 7 oz bottle sold by Miller.

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The Florida Brewpubs Report – March 2014

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There were no new brewpubs who joined the rank of active Florida brewpubs in March 2014. McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewzzi again top the monthly sales rankings, but newcomer Tomoka Brewery and Fermentation Lounge had big months. Sailfish Brewing Company made the jump to the production brewery roles. It’s all on The Brewpub Report.

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Notes about The Florida Brewpubs Report

  • We’ve made some improvements to our second installment of The Brewpub Report, including a new Ranking Change to show how each brewery’s monthly ranking compares to the prior month.
  • The Florida Brewpubs Report reflects the active CMBP-licensed breweries in Florida. The Florida Breweries Report separately tracks the taproom sales of Florida CMB-licensed breweries.

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The Florida Breweries Report – March 2014

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The number of active Florida breweries increased by 4 in March 2014. Newcomers include Motorworks Brewing, Six Ten Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing Co. – Clearwater, and BrewHub. In addition, Yuengling Brewing Co. – Tampa is back in action, and Sailfish Brewing Co. makes the jump from the brewpub ranks. They’re all reflected on The Florida Breweries Report.

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Notes about The Florida Breweries Report

  • We’ve made some improvements with our second installment of The Breweries Report, including a new column, “Ranking Change”
    to show how each brewery’s monthly ranking compares to the prior month.
  • The Florida Breweries Report only reflects information about each breweries reported taproom sales, as reflected on the ABT’s monthly wholesale reports for March 2014, the most recent information available. The full production and sales (taproom and distribution) numbers for Florida breweries are not publicly available.
  • Because The Florida Breweries Report is limited to taproom sales, we’ve decided to include Anheuser Busch’s reported sales at its Jacksonville plant. Think of it as a control group.
  • The Florida Breweries Report reflects the active CMB-licensed breweries in Florida. The Florida Brewpubs Report separately tracks Florida CMBP-licensed brewpubs.

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What to Expect When You’re Expanding

As Florida-made craft beer, spirits, and wine continue to grow in popularity, Florida beverage manufacturers may find it hard to keep up with demand. Every growing manufacturer must ask: Should we expand?

Deciding to expand involves answering a slew of questions, all while keeping existing production on track. This article reviews four primary questions a manufacturer must answer when thinking about an expansion.

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UPDATED: The Florida Breweries Report – February 2014

The number of breweries in Florida is growing rapidly, and existing Florida breweries are expanding steadily. To help Florida breweries and their supports stay informed about this expanding industry, we are beginning a new monthly feature: The Florida Breweries Report.

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