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FLORIDA BEVERAGE LEGISLATION: 2022 POST-SESSION REVIEW OF BEVERAGE BILLS

No new beverage legislation comes out of Florida’s 2022 legislative session. All eight of the proposed bills that might have changed Florida’s alcoholic beverage industry failed to advance to a full vote of the Florida Senate or House of Representatives. In most cases–such as HB 715/SB 924, which would reduce the number of persons required to be served to...

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Florida Beverage Legislation: 2022 Pre-Session Review of Beverage Bills

The 2022 Session of the Florida Legislature will include consideration of a number of bills affecting breweries, wineries, distilleries, retailers and consumers. The 2022 regular session of the Florida Legislature kicks off Tuesday, January 11, 2022. This 2-month session will see the consideration of a number of bills that could affect the Florida beverage industry as soon as July....

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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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2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: 5 Unanswered Questions

We reviewed the 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law in two prior blog posts–2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: General Overview and 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: Destination Entertainment Venues–but questions remain. Following are just five questions we have about the new law. Question #1: Can new Florida craft distillery apply directly for the DD(CD) license? It is unclear whether a...

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2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: Destination Entertainment Venues

The 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law creates a new non-quota, consumption-on-premises only alcoholic beverage license that may be issued to a craft distillery located within a destination entertainment venue. Because the ABT has not yet designated class for this new license, this article refers to this license as a 4COP-DEV. For a general discussion of the 2021 Craft Distilleries...

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2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law: General Overview

The 2021 Florida Craft Distilleries Law changes the legal landscape for all craft distilleries in 3 main areas: (1) what they can make and sell to consumers, (2) where they can sell it, and (3) how big they can get. A fourth aspect of the law–the creation of “destination entertainment venues”–will be explored in a future blog post. Florida...

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Compliance with Florida’s Cocktails-to-Go Law

A Short History 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 Bill...

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

The 2021 Session of the Florida Legislature will include consideration of a number of bills affecting breweries, wineries, distilleries, retailers and consumers. The 2021 regular session of the Florida Legislature kicks off Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This 2-month session will see the consideration of a number of bills (though not as many as in prior years) that could affect...

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