Florida Brewpubs Report – February 2014

It’s not just production breweries that are driving the growth of Florida’s brewing industry. There’s a lot of good beer coming from Florida’s brewpubs. To help Florida brewpubs and their supports stay informed about the industry, and as a companion to The Florida Breweries Report, we are launching the Florida Brewpubs Report.

Notes about The Florida Brewpubs Report

Some notes about the Florida Brewpubs Report:

  • We kick off the Florida Brewpubs Report with sales figures for the month of February 2014, which is the most recent month for which information is available from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco (ABT). We’ll post a new Florida Brewpubs Report soon after the ABT release new monthly information.
  • The figures on this report comes directly from the ABT’s monthly wholesale reports for February 2014. The ABT reports brewpub sales volume in gallons, but our report converts those numbers to barrels, the brewing industry standard (1 barrel = 31 gallons).
  • Because brewpubs are not legally permitted to sell to distributors, we can be reasonably certain that the ABT’s sales volume figures accurately reflect the brewpubs’ production numbers.
  • Several Florida brewpub’s have in the last year traded in their brewpub (CMBP) license for a production brewery (CMB) license. As these breweries begin reporting their sales under new brewery licenses, the numbers reported under their brewpub licenses will cease. This means that the historical information below does not tell the whole story for these breweries in transition.
  • We are not statisticians. There are probably better ways to do this, and we’re happy to hear them. Please feel free to post your comments and suggestions in the Replies section below.
Used with Permission from Creative Commons

Used with Permission from Creative Commons

Florida Brewpubs’ Monthly Sales

The first table in our Florida Brewpubs Report shows each brewpub’s sales volume for the month of February 2014. On thing is clear: Panhandle Floridians love the beer at McGuire’s Irish Pub.

Monthly Sales Volume by Florida Brewpubs
February 2014
Rank Brewery
(first month of production)
Production (in barrels)
1 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin         86.90
2 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola         83.47
3 Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach         56.50
4 A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine         55.50
5 Brewzzi, West Palm Beach         50.00
6 Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista          47.30
7 Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville          44.21
8 Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs          32.00
9 Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables          30.30
10 Cask & Larder, Winter Park          29.64
11 Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne          28.00
12 Brewzzi, Boca Raton          27.00
13 Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota          20.93
14 Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce          13.65
15 Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota          13.00
16 The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton         10.90
17 Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville         10.17
18 Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee          9.00
19 Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale          3.55
20 Tomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach          3.29
21 Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista          2.50
22 R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island          2.26
23 Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport          1.75
24 Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee          0.97

Florida Brewpubs’ LTM Sales

The next table in our Florida Brewpubs Report includes the aggregate sales volume for each brewpub (in barrels) for the 12 months ending with the most recent month for which data is available. This methodology is often referred to as “Last Twelve Months”–LTM for short.

For this first Florida Brewpubs Report, the LTM period runs from March 2013 through February 2014. Many brewpubs closed or converted to production breweries during that period, so this table does not tell the full story for those brewpubs in tradition.

Last Twelve Months (LTM) Sales Volume by Florida Brewpubs
February 2014
Rank Brewery
(first month of production)
Production (in barrels)
1 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin    1,136.40
2 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola      947.56
3 A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine      714.10
4 Brewzzi, West Palm Beach      680.00
5 Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville      584.61
6 Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista      564.20
7 Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach      548.00
8 Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs      364.94
9 Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables      353.90
10 Brewzzi, Boca Raton      332.61
11 Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Miami (closed November 2013)      302.75
12 Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne      287.00
13 River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville      217.00
14 Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota      216.09
15 Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota      191.00
16 The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton      149.54
17 Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville      140.98
18 Cask & Larder, Winter Park      136.94
19 Props Brewery & Grill, Ft. Walton Beach (converted to CMB September 2013)      115.16
20 Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee      108.23
21 Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce        83.65
22 Cafe Karibo, Fernandina Beach        72.58
23 Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport        56.31
24 Organic Brewery, Hollywood (converted to CMB May 2013)        40.79
25 Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista        31.50
26 Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale        25.50
27 R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island        21.94
28 Marco Island Brewery, Marco Island        16.13
29 Longneck Brew House, Stuart (converted to CMB February 2014)        14.29
30 Shipyard Brewery & Emporium, Winter Park(closed August 2013)          9.50
31 Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee          3.81
32 Tomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach          3.29

Florida Brewpubs’ LTM Growth

The last table in the Florida Brewpubs Report measures the growth of a brewpub’s sales volume by comparing the brewpub’s Last Twelve Months’ (LTM) sales volume through the most recent month for which data is available against the same brewpub’s LTM sales volume through the prior month. This is just one way of measuring a brewpub’s growth during the most recent month.

In this table, each brewpub’s February 2014 LTM sales volume is compared to its January 2014 LTM sales volume. For those brewpubs that stopped reporting sales under their brewpub license–either because they closed or because they converted to a CMB license–the month-to-month LTM comparison skews negative. On the other hand, this is a relatively good measure of positive or negative growth for brewpubs with a full year of reported data.

Monthly Change in LTM Production Florida Brewpubs
for the month of February 2014
Rank Brewery
(first month of production)
Monthly Change
1 Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce 19%
2 Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale 12%
3 R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island 11%
4 Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista 9%
5 Cask & Larder, Winter Park 6%
6 Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne 5%
7 Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota 3%
8 Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach 2%
9 Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville 1%
10 Brewzzi, Boca Raton 1%
11 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola 0%
12 Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista 0%
13 Longneck Brew House, Stuart (converted to CMB February 2014) 0%
13T The Corner Café & Brewery, Tequesta (now Tequesta Brewing Co.) 0%
13T Tomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach 0%
16 Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee 0%
17 A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine 0%
18 Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee 0%
19 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin -1%
20 Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota -2%
21 The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton -2%
22 Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables -3%
23 Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville -3%
24 Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs -4%
25 River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville -4%
26 Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Miami (closed November 2013) -4%
27 Brewzzi, West Palm Beach -6%
28 Cafe Karibo, Fernandina Beach -6%
29 Props Brewery & Grill, Ft. Walton Beach (converted to CMB September 2013) -7%
30 Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport -9%
31 Shipyard Brewery & Emporium, Winter Park (closed August 2013) -21%
32 Marco Island Brewery, Marco Island -33%

We’ll be back with another Florida Brewpubs Report as soon as March 2014 data is available. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback.