FAQs | Read Time: 3 minutes

Florida Farm-to-Flask: SB 46 “Craft” Distilleries Bill – Get to Know Your Local Farmer, Fast

Hi Brewers’ Law distillers, vintners, brewers, distributors, industry followers! Kara Ann Groves here of Groves Law, the ag-focused branch of BrewerLong, subbing in to bring you the crossover you didn’t know you needed. I’ve been around since the start of Brewers’ Law, and we now collectively service and connect producers and wholesalers across these industries. And SB 46, or...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 3 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – April 2021

Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales for April 2021 up over 80% of sales for April 2020. 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. This means that the...

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Retail | Read Time: 3 minutes

Florida’s Alcohol Pool Buying Groups

How do small Florida alcoholic beverage vendors take advantage of Florida distributors’ volume discounts (See Alcohol Distributors’ Discounts Under Florida Law)? The answer is a pool buying group. (Disclaimer: it works for large vendors too.) How to Jump Into a Florida Pool Buying Group To form a pool buying group, a pool buying agreement must be approved by the...

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Distribution | Read Time: 3 minutes

Alcohol Distributors’ Discounts Under Florida Law

Florida’s “Tied House Evil” Law—Florida Statutes Section 561.42—generally prohibits alcoholic beverage distributors from having any financial interest, directly or indirectly, in the business of an alcoholic beverage vendor. It also prohibits distributors from assisting any vendor by gifts or loans of money or property “or by giving of any rebates of any kind whatsoever.” However, an exception is made...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 3 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – March 2021

Florida breweries had their best month ever in March 2021 in terms of taxpaid sales. 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. This means that the...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 3 minutes

Compliance with Florida’s Cocktails-to-Go Law

A Short History of Cocktails-to-Go in Florida Sale and delivery of vendor-prepared alcoholic beverage drinks–Cocktails-to-Go–will be permanent authorized under the Florida Beverage Law beginning July 1, 2021. Cocktails-to-Go were first introduced in March 2020 as part of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-71 limiting restaurants’ dine-in service, in response to the COVID pandemic. Introduced as Senate Bill 148 and House...

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Beverage Legislation | Read Time: 2 minutes

Florida Beverage Legislation: 2021 Post-Session Review of Beverage Bills

The 2021 Session of the Florida Legislature will result in major changes to the Florida Beverage Laws affecting how craft distilleries and restaurants sell alcoholic products. Both houses of the Florida Legislature passed two major bills related to alcoholic beverage sales: SB 46 and SB 148. As of this writing, neither bill has been sent to the Governor, but...

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The Florida Breweries Report | Read Time: 3 minutes

The Florida Breweries Report – February 2021

In February 2021, Florida breweries reversed the prior month’s drop in taxpaid sales. 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. This means that the Florida Breweries...

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Breweries | Read Time: 3 minutes

Florida Roadway Signs for Beverage Manufacturers

If life is a highway, where do you stop for a drink? With over 274,000 lane miles–seventh most in the United States (per Cubit’s Blog)–Florida offers a lot of ways for people to get to where they’re going, including breweries, wineries, and distilleries. To help people get there, the Florida Statutes authorize roadway directional signs for qualifying alcoholic beverage...

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Brands | Read Time: 3 minutes

Tips for Effective Management for Beer Brand Distribution in Florida

In Florida, it’s common for beer suppliers and distributors alike to speak in terms of the appointment of a supplier’s exclusive distributor. This is not technically accurate in the context of the Florida Beverage Laws. A beer supplier is not required to appoint an exclusive distributor for itself in Florida. Rather, a supplier is required by Florida law to...

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