Posted by: May 09, 2021

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 expectations are that the Governor will sign both bills into law. More complete evaluations of both bills will be coming in the following weeks, but here are brief descriptions.

SB 46: Craft Distilleries Finally Get to Sell Drinks

Senate Bill 46 (along with its companion, House Bill 737) gives several boosts to Florida’s craft distillery industry, starting with an increase in the production limits required to qualify as a craft distillery, from 75,000 gallons to 250,000 gallons. Effective July 1, 2021, SB 46 would allow each craft distillery to sell up to 75,000 gallons per year of its branded products (whether distilled, rectified or blended) to adult customers at its distillery, in bottles for consumption off premises or in drinks on premises. The “six bottles per person per brand per year” requirement is eliminated. Senate Bill 46 also authorizes certain craft distilleries, located within authorized “destination entertainment venues”, to hold vendor quota licenses that would allow them to sell not only their own branded products but also alcoholic beverage products acquired from distributions.

SB 148: Restaurants Can Keep Selling Cocktails to Go

Senate Bill 148 (along with its companion, House Bill 329) makes permanent the Governor’s COVID-19 “cocktails-to-go” executive order allowing restaurants to deliver mixed drinks together with food orders. The bill provides directions about how these alcoholic beverage products must be packaged and stored during transportation to customers.

The following chart provides a summary of this session’s beverage-focused bills and where they ended at the conclusion of the session.

2021 Florida Beverage Bills – Post-Session

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Do you have questions about how these changes to Florida Beverage Law could affect our business or your plans for a new beverage business? Contact us at contact@brewerlong.com to schedule a consultation.

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