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.

Update: The ABT’s monthly wholesale reports, which are the basis of The Florida Breweries Report, only reflects each brewery’s sale of its own beer in its taproom, not the beer that a brewery sells to a distributor. Our goal is to provide clarity about the growth of Florida’s brewing industry, so we appreciate the feedback we received from a number of brewers. We’ve update this report to reflect your feedback.

Notes about The Florida Breweries Report

Some notes about the Florida Breweries Report:

  • We would prefer to report on the production volume of Florida breweries, but that information is not publicly available. The only publicly available data is the volume of a brewery’s own beer it sells from its taproom (whether by the glass, in growlers, in kegs, or pre-packaged containers). Because Florida breweries put differing emphasis on sales through their taproom versus sales to distributor, we recognize that this is only a partial and incomplete manner of measuring a brewery’s size and growth. Still, we believe that compiling and reporting this publicly available data is valuable to highlight the growth of Florida’s breweries.
  • We kick off The Florida Breweries Report with taproom sale 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 Breweries Report soon after the ABT releases its sales information.
  • The figures on these report come directly from the ABT’s monthly wholesale reports for February 2014. The ABT reports direct-to-customer sale in gallons, but our report converts those numbers to barrels, the brewing industry standard (1 barrel = 31 gallons).
  • For Florida breweries less than 1 year old, the Florida Breweries Report makes note of the year that beer production began or is anticipated to begin (to the extent that information is available).
  • The Florida Breweries Report is limited to breweries holding a CMB license, which permits distribution. A separate Florida Brewpubs Report will report on Florida’s brewpubs holding a CMBP license.
  • 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.fermenter

Florida Breweries’ Monthly Taproom Sales

The first table in The Florida Breweries Report shows each Florida brewery’s taproom sales volume for the month of February 2014 (each brewery except Anheuser Busch’s Jacksonville plant, that is). No surprise that Cigar City Brewing tops the list, but the Top 5 showing of newcomer Saltwater Brewery is particularly impressive.

Monthly Taproom Sales Volumeby Florida Breweries (not named Anheuser Busch)
February 2014
Rank Brewery
(first month of production)
Production (Barrels)
1 Cigar City Brewing       245.97
2 Funky Buddha Brewery (June 2013)       114.75
3 Tequesta Brewing Company       113.78
4 Dunedin Brewery       109.73
5 Saltwater Brewery (December 2013)        88.84
6 Bold City Brewery        75.63
7 Tampa Bay Brewing Company        72.15
8 Cigar City Brewpub (May 2013)        56.53
9 Green Room Brewing        54.15
10 Swamp Head Brewery        52.83
11 Pensacola Bay Brewery        43.91
12 3 Daughters Brewing (December 2013)        39.48
13 Intuition Ale Works        39.09
14 7venth Sun Brewery        37.31
15 Orlando Brewing        34.50
16 Miami Brewing Co ( Formerly known as Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery)        32.08
17 Engine 15 Brewing Co.        31.86
18 Green Bench Brewing Co. (September 2013)        31.15
19 Florida Beer Company        28.66
20 Due South Brewing Co.        28.65
21 Cycle Brewing (December 2013)        27.71
22 Props Brewery & Grill (September 2013)        27.61
23 Aardwolf Brewing Co. (May 2013)        25.81
24 Rapp Brewing Company        25.52
25 Proof Brewing Co.        22.93
26 Organic Brewery (May 2013)        22.18
27 Barley Mow Brewing Co.        22.15
28 Wynwood Brewing Company (September 2013)        22.03
29 Mile Marker Brewing        20.00
30 Fort Myers Brewing Co. (April 2013)        19.69
31 Florida Ave Brewing Co. (Cold Storage Craft Brewery)        19.24
32 Intracoastal Brewing Company (August 2013)        17.51
33 Ormond Brewing Company (February 2014)        16.00
34 Big Storm Brewing Co.        15.66
35 The Hourglass Brewery        15.46
36 Copp Winery & Brewery        13.55
37 Southern Brewing & Winemaking (January 2013)        12.29
38 Point Ybel Brewing Company (December 2013)        11.28
39 Pinglehead Brewing Company        11.24
40 New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. (January 2014)          9.90
41 Bugnutty Brewing Co. (September 2013)          9.47
42 Peg’s Cantina & Brewpub          9.26
43 Mt Dora Brewing          9.03
44 Pair O’Dice Brewing Co. (October 2013)          7.61
45 Longneck Brew House (February 2014)          7.08
46 Coral Springs Tap House          6.40
47 Cocoa Beach Brewing Co.          4.89
48 Duke’s American Grill & Sports Brewery (Dec 2013)          4.03
49 Florida Brewery (December 2013)          3.99
50 Brewers’ Tasting Room (May 2013)          2.94
51 Three Palms Brewing (June 2013)          2.10
52 JDub’s Brewing Company (February 2014)          2.00
53 Naples Beach Brewery          1.53
54 Bella Brava (October 2013)          1.29
55 Saint Somewhere Brewing Company          1.27
56 Big Top Brewing Co. (February 2014)          0.81
57T Cask & Larder Brewing Co. (June 2013)              –
57T ESB Brewing Co. (March 2014)              –
57T Fat Point Brewing Co. (July 2014 projected)              –
57T Florida Distillers Company              –
57T Florida Distillers Company              –
57T Grayton Beer Company (March 2014)              –
57T House of Beer              –
57T Lagniappe Brewing Company              –
57T Miskans Americas              –
57T Motorworks Brewing (March 2014)              –
57T St. Pete Brewing Co. (April 2014)              –
57T Two Henrys Brewing Company (September 2013)              –
57T Zeke’s Brewing (June 2013)              –

Florida Breweries’ LTM Taproom Sales

The next table in the Florida Breweries Report includes the aggregate taproom sales volume of each brewery (in barrels) for the 12 months ending with the most recent month for which figures are available. This method of measuring sales is often referred to as “Last Twelve Months”–LTM for short. This is a method of measuring the month-to-month growth of a brewery’s taproom sales while taking into account seasonal variations.

For this first Florida Breweries Report, the LTM period runs from March 2013 through February 2014. Many Florida breweries have not be in operation since March 2013, so the aggregate taproom sales figures in this table does not reflect a full 12 months for several breweries. One of the breweries with less than 12 months of production is Funky Buddha, which makes it’s appearance in the Top 5 of this table remarkable.

Last Twelve Months (LTM) Taproom Sales Volume
by Florida Breweries (not named Anheuser Busch)
February 2014
Rank Brewery (First Month of Production) Production (Barrels)
1 Cigar City Brewing   3,148.23
2 Tequesta Brewing Company   1,230.05
3 Dunedin Brewery   1,220.03
4 Funky Buddha Brewery (June 2013)   1,033.21
5 Tampa Bay Brewing Company   1,020.48
6 Bold City Brewery      928.30
7 Swamp Head Brewery      777.68
8 Green Room Brewing      659.35
9 Due South Brewing Co.      658.07
10 Pensacola Bay Brewery      605.04
11 Intuition Ale Works      487.44
12 Orlando Brewing      446.06
13 Engine 15 Brewing Co.      377.81
14 Cigar City Brewpub (May 2013)      365.85
15 Mile Marker Brewing      362.56
16 7venth Sun Brewery      350.65
17 Miami Brewing Co ( Formerly known as Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery)      306.79
18 Barley Mow Brewing Co.      271.10
19 Florida Beer Company      251.12
20 Green Bench Brewing Co. (September 2013)      241.71
21 Rapp Brewing Company      236.60
22 Proof Brewing Co.      213.41
23 Florida Ave Brewing Co. (Cold Storage Craft Brewery)      178.95
24 Organic Brewery (May 2013)      175.25
25 Cask & Larder Brewing Co. (June 2013)      167.94
26 Southern Brewing & Winemaking (January 2013)      164.75
27 Fort Myers Brewing Co. (April 2013)      164.29
28 The Hourglass Brewery      163.79
29 Peg’s Cantina & Brewpub      157.80
30 Saltwater Brewery (December 2013)      140.84
31 Aardwolf Brewing Co. (May 2013)      133.79
32 Big Storm Brewing Co.      132.19
33 Pinglehead Brewing Company      128.20
34 Intracoastal Brewing Company (August 2013)      126.87
35 Props Brewery & Grill (September 2013)      121.98
36 Wynwood Brewing Company (September 2013)      115.37
37 Coral Springs Tap House      106.00
38 3 Daughters Brewing (December 2013)        92.97
39 Lagniappe Brewing Company        89.15
40 Mt Dora Brewing        83.55
41 Copp Winery & Brewery        71.29
42 Cycle Brewing (December 2013)        59.81
43 Naples Beach Brewery        58.67
44 Cocoa Beach Brewing Co.        56.28
45 Bugnutty Brewing Co. (September 2013)        55.38
46 Ormond Brewing Company (February 2014)        34.30
47 Florida Brewery (December 2013)        31.94
48 Point Ybel Brewing Company (December 2013)        28.64
49 Pair O’Dice Brewing Co. (October 2013)        26.95
50 Saint Somewhere Brewing Company        20.83
51 Brewers’ Tasting Room (May 2013)        18.44
52 New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. (January 2014)        15.32
53 Three Palms Brewing (June 2013)        13.10
54 Duke’s American Grill & Sports Brewery (Dec 2013)         8.87
55 Longneck Brew House (February 2014)         7.08
56 Bella Brava (October 2013)         5.65
57 JDub’s Brewing Company (February 2014)         2.00
58 Big Top Brewing Co. (February 2014)         1.31
59 Zeke’s Brewing (June 2013)         0.81
60T ESB Brewing Co. (March 2014)              –
60T Fat Point Brewing Co. (July 2014 projected)              –
60T Florida Distillers Company              –
60T Florida Distillers Company              –
60T Grayton Beer Company (March 2014)              –
60T House of Beer              –
60T Miskans Americas              –
60T Motorworks Brewing (March 2014)              –
60T St. Pete Brewing Co. (April 2014)              –
60T Two Henrys Brewing Company (September 2013)              –

Florida Breweries’ LTM Growth in Taproom Sales

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

In this table, each brewery’s February 2014 LTM taproom sales volume is compared to its January 2014 LTM taproom sales volume. This method clearly favors those breweries that just opened in the last several months, for which the changes in monthly sales may drastically increase. Of this crop of new Florida breweries, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. made the biggest jump in taproom sales volume from January 2014 to February 2014.

Monthly Growth in LTM Taproom Sales Volume
of Florida Breweries not named Anheuser Busch
for the month of February 2014
Rank Brewery
(first month of production)
Monthly Growth
1 New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. (January 2014) 183%
2 Saltwater Brewery (December 2013) 171%
3 Big Top Brewing Co. (February 2014) 161%
4 Ormond Brewing Company (February 2014) 87%
5 Cycle Brewing (December 2013) 86%
6 Duke’s American Grill & Sports Brewery (December 2013) 83%
7 3 Daughters Brewing (December 2013) 74%
8 Point Ybel Brewing Company (December 2013) 65%
9 Pair O’Dice Brewing Co. (October 2013) 39%
10 Bella Brava (October 2013) 30%
11 Props Brewery & Grill (September 2013) 29%
12 Aardwolf Brewing Co. (May 2013) 24%
13 Wynwood Brewing Company (September 2013) 24%
14 Copp Winery & Brewery 23%
15 Bugnutty Brewing Co. (September 2013) 21%
16 Three Palms Brewing (June 2013) 19%
17 Brewers’ Tasting Room (May 2013) 19%
18 Cigar City Brewpub (May 2013) 18%
19 Intracoastal Brewing Company (August 2013) 16%
20 Green Bench Brewing Co. (September 2013) 15%
21 Organic Brewery (May 2013) 14%
22 Florida Brewery (December 2013) 14%
23 Fort Myers Brewing Co. (April 2013) 14%
24 Funky Buddha Brewery (June 2013) 12%
25 Rapp Brewing Company 6%
26 Miami Brewing Co ( Formerly known as Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery) 6%
27 The Hourglass Brewery 4%
28 Cigar City Brewing 4%
29 Engine 15 Brewing Co. 4%
30 Southern Brewing & Winemaking (January 2013) 4%
31 Bold City Brewery 3%
32 Proof Brewing Co. 3%
33 Dunedin Brewery 2%
34 Mt Dora Brewing 2%
35 7venth Sun Brewery 2%
36 Big Storm Brewing Co. 2%
37 Saint Somewhere Brewing Company 2%
38 Pensacola Bay Brewery 1%
39 Swamp Head Brewery 1%
40 Orlando Brewing 0%
41 Mile Marker Brewing 0%
42 Green Room Brewing 0%
43T Cask & Larder Brewing Co. (June 2013) 0%
43T ESB Brewing Co. (March 2014) 0%
43T Fat Point Brewing Co. (July 2014 projected) 0%
43T Florida Distillers Company 0%
43T Florida Distillers Company 0%
43T Grayton Beer Company 0%
43T House of Beer 0%
43T JDub’s Brewing Company (February 2014) 0%
43T Longneck Brew House (February 2014) 0%
43T Miskans Americas 0%
43T Motorworks Brewing (March 2014) 0%
43T St. Pete Brewing Co. (April 2014) 0%
43T Two Henrys Brewing Company (September 2013) 0%
43T Zeke’s Brewing (June 2013) 0%
57 Tequesta Brewing Company 0%
58 Florida Beer Company 0%
59 Florida Avenue Brewing Co. (formerly Cold Storage Craft Brewery) -1%
60 Intuition Ale Works -1%
61 Tampa Bay Brewing Company -1%
62 Peg’s Cantina & Brewpub -2%
63 Naples Beach Brewery -2%
64 Barley Mow Brewing Co. -3%
65 Due South Brewing Co. -4%
66 Cocoa Beach Brewing Co. -4%
67 Coral Springs Tap House -6%
68 Pinglehead Brewing Company -8%
69 Lagniappe Brewing Company -12%

Sixty-nine Florida breweries reflected on our first Florida Breweries Report. How many will it be next month and next year? We’re excited to track the growth of Florida’s brewing industry.