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FL Breweries & Distilleries: Be Wary of Home Delivery Service Apps

The terms and conditions for popular food and alcohol delivery service apps may be incompatible with the Florida Beverage Law’s prohibition on alcohol home delivery by breweries and craft distilleries. Florida Breweries and Craft Distilleries are Prohibited from Making Deliveries to Customers The Florida Beverage Law (specifically Florida Statutes Section 561.57(1)) generally allows licensed alcohol vendors to accept remote...

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How Florida Beverage Laws Affect Fortified Wine

Fortified Wine – What Is It? “Fortified wine” generally refers to any wine to which a distilled spirit has been added. Common examples of fortified wine include port, sherry, madeira, and vermouth. The most common fortifying ingredient is brandy, a liquor produced by distilling wine. Not surprisingly, Florida law (and indirectly federal law) does a fine job of handling...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – August 2021

Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales in August 2021 fell below 10,000 in August 2021 for the first time since February 2021. Monthly Highlights The Data: The Florida Breweries Report reflects data published by the Florida ABT, which is available online here. The ABT monthly publishes the taxpaid sales for each brewery and distributor. Unfortunately, the ABT does not publish breweries’ sales to...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 3 minutes

Grains of Paradise, and What They Mean for Florida’s Alcohol Adulteration Statute

Florida’s 150 Year Old Alcohol Adulteration Statute The Florida Beverage Law is, in many instances, confusing, contradictory, and just plain weird. It is also unenforceable in some aspects. Take for instance Florida’s Adulterated Liquor Statute, Florida Statutes Section 562.455. First enacted in 1868, the relatively short Adulterated Liquor Statute makes it a felony of the third degree to include...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – July 2021

For the first time since the Florida Breweries Report started in January 2015, there were no new Florida breweries added in July 2021. Monthly Highlights The Data: The Florida Breweries Report reflects data published by the Florida ABT, which is available online here. The ABT monthly publishes the taxpaid sales for each brewery and distributor. Unfortunately, the ABT does not publish...

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Off-Site Alcohol Service by Florida Retailers

Alcoholic beverage retailers–including bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries–are often asked to provide off-site alcohol service–catering–for a range of events. In Florida, there are a limited number of ways in which an alcohol retailer can participate in providing alcohol service away from its licensed premises. Option 1: Sales to Private Party for Open Bar Alcohol retailers that have a...

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Searchable Penalty Guidelines Table

What happens when a Florida licensed beverage company violates the Florida Beverage Law? In 1994, the ABT issued penalty guidelines concerning single and repeated violations of the Florida Beverage Law. While these penalty guidelines have not been updated to reflect all changes to the law since 1994, it is a helpful guide to the ABT’s disciplinary actions. Unfortunately, the...

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Alcoholic Beverage Contract Manufacturing in Florida: Two Model Processes

Sometimes an alcoholic beverage brand developer wants to focus on developing and promoting a product brand and leave the manufacturing to someone else (sometimes called “white labeling”). This can mean good business for the manufacturer too. Whether the product is classified a beer, wine, or distilled spirits, a variety of contract manufacturing arrangements are available in Florida. This article...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – June 2021

Florida breweries had a mixed June 2021, with monthly taxpaid sales numbers down but LTM taxpaid sales numbers up. Monthly Highlights The Data: The Florida Breweries Report reflects data published by the Florida ABT, which is available online here. The ABT monthly publishes the taxpaid sales for each brewery and distributor. Unfortunately, the ABT does not publish breweries’ sales to distributors....

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Taxes on Restricted Stock for Employees

Beverage manufacturers, distributors, and vendors–like other closely held companies–often use grants of their own stock to compensate and incentivize employees, consultants and other providers (for simplicity, this articles refers to all of them as “employees”). These grants have major tax consequences. News Flash: Stock Grants are Subject to Income Taxes Generally, when money or property is given to an...

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