The Florida Breweries Report – October 2018

Taxpaid sales up again in October 2018 after two down months.

Monthly Highlights

  • Six new Florida breweries in October 2018: Big Top Brewing Co.(Gainesville), Beat Culture (Miami), Tripping Animals Brewing (Doral), Big Top Brewing Co. (Pensacola), If I Brewed the World (St. Petersburg), and Oviedo Brewing Co. (Oviedo). Year to date, the number of Florida breweries has increased by 51.
  • Two Florida breweries upgraded from a brewpub license (CMBP) to a production brewery  license (CMB) in October 2018: Gary’s Brewery & Biergarten (Pensacola) and Amelia Tavern (Fernandina Beach). Breweries with a CMB license can start fill growlers, sell bottled or canned products for consumption off premises, and sell to licensed distributors. Where a brewery upgrades its license, the tables below denote the CMBP license with * and the CMB license with ^.
  • In October 2018, the total number of licensed breweries stood at 326. Of those, 309 breweries reported taxpaid sales in October.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales rose by 4.01% in October 2018. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 1.18%. Compared to October 2017, LTM taxpaid sales were up by 23.67% in October 2018.
  • For reporting breweries, the average taxpaid sales per brewery in October 2018 was 28.97 barrels, an increase of 0.66 barrels per brewery.
  • In September 2018, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.80% of all beer sales in Florida (8.0 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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Why Do Our Tables Look Different?

A change to the WordPress Editor, which we use to produce The Florida Breweries Report, means that we cannot reproduce the tables in the same way. We’re still figuring out our options, so thank you for your patients. Remember, you can always request the source Excel spreadsheet.

Comparison of Florida Breweries Taxpaid Sales to All Sales

In this table, we compare the taxpaid sales by Florida breweries as compared to all beer sales subject to tax in Florida. Most of what a brewery pays taxes on is the sale of its own beer at retail in a taproom or a brewpub. In the following table, we compare this number to all the taxable beer sales in Florida, which includes breweries’ retail sales of their own beer and all sales by Florida distributors.

Florida Breweries Monthly Taxpaid Sales

The next table shows each Florida brewery’s taxpaid sales volume for the month of October 2018. Not every Florida brewery makes retail sales in a taproom or brewery.

Florida Breweries’ LTM Taxpaid Sales

Our next table shows retail sales by each brewery for the last 12 months (LTM) ending October 2018.

Florida Breweries’ LTM Growth in Taxpaid Sales

Our next table looks at the change in each brewery’s LTM taxpaid sales from last month. This provides an estimate of a brewery’s growth rate from one month to the next, at least to the extent of retail sales. The rightmost column identifies breweries that have less than 12 months of reported taxpaid sales.

Florida Breweries With No Reported Activity

Each month, a number of breweries report no retail sales or other taxable activities. The next table lists the licensed breweries that reported no activity for the twelve months through October 2018.

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