Posted by: May 13, 2014

It’s not just production breweries that are driving the growth of Florida’s brewing industry. There’s a lot of good beer coming from Florida’s brewpubs. To help Florida brewpubs and their supports stay informed about the industry, and as a companion to The Florida Breweries Report, we are launching the Florida Brewpubs Report.

Notes about The Florida Brewpubs Report

Some notes about the Florida Brewpubs Report:

  • We kick off the Florida Brewpubs Report with sales figures for the month of February 2014, which is the most recent month for which information is available from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco (ABT). We’ll post a new Florida Brewpubs Report soon after the ABT release new monthly information.
  • The figures on this report comes directly from the ABT’s monthly wholesale reports for February 2014. The ABT reports brewpub sales volume in gallons, but our report converts those numbers to barrels, the brewing industry standard (1 barrel = 31 gallons).
  • Because brewpubs are not legally permitted to sell to distributors, we can be reasonably certain that the ABT’s sales volume figures accurately reflect the brewpubs’ production numbers.
  • Several Florida brewpub’s have in the last year traded in their brewpub (CMBP) license for a production brewery (CMB) license. As these breweries begin reporting their sales under new brewery licenses, the numbers reported under their brewpub licenses will cease. This means that the historical information below does not tell the whole story for these breweries in transition.
  • We are not statisticians. There are probably better ways to do this, and we’re happy to hear them. Please feel free to post your comments and suggestions in the Replies section below.
Used with Permission from Creative Commons

Used with Permission from Creative Commons

Florida Brewpubs’ Monthly Sales

The first table in our Florida Brewpubs Report shows each brewpub’s sales volume for the month of February 2014. On thing is clear: Panhandle Floridians love the beer at McGuire’s Irish Pub.

Monthly Sales Volume by Florida Brewpubs
February 2014
RankBrewery
(first month of production)
Production (in barrels)
1McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin        86.90
2McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola        83.47
3Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach        56.50
4A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine        55.50
5Brewzzi, West Palm Beach        50.00
6Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista         47.30
7Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville         44.21
8Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs         32.00
9Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables         30.30
10Cask & Larder, Winter Park         29.64
11Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne         28.00
12Brewzzi, Boca Raton         27.00
13Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota         20.93
14Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce         13.65
15Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota         13.00
16The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton        10.90
17Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville        10.17
18Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee         9.00
19Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale         3.55
20Tomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach         3.29
21Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista         2.50
22R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island         2.26
23Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport         1.75
24Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee         0.97

Florida Brewpubs’ LTM Sales

The next table in our Florida Brewpubs Report includes the aggregate sales volume for each brewpub (in barrels) for the 12 months ending with the most recent month for which data is available. This methodology is often referred to as “Last Twelve Months”–LTM for short.

For this first Florida Brewpubs Report, the LTM period runs from March 2013 through February 2014. Many brewpubs closed or converted to production breweries during that period, so this table does not tell the full story for those brewpubs in tradition.

Last Twelve Months (LTM) Sales Volume by Florida Brewpubs
February 2014
RankBrewery
(first month of production)
Production (in barrels)
1McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin   1,136.40
2McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola     947.56
3A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine     714.10
4Brewzzi, West Palm Beach     680.00
5Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville     584.61
6Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista     564.20
7Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach     548.00
8Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs     364.94
9Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables     353.90
10Brewzzi, Boca Raton     332.61
11Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Miami (closed November 2013)     302.75
12Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne     287.00
13River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville     217.00
14Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota     216.09
15Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota     191.00
16The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton     149.54
17Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville     140.98
18Cask & Larder, Winter Park     136.94
19Props Brewery & Grill, Ft. Walton Beach (converted to CMB September 2013)     115.16
20Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee     108.23
21Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce       83.65
22Cafe Karibo, Fernandina Beach       72.58
23Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport       56.31
24Organic Brewery, Hollywood (converted to CMB May 2013)       40.79
25Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista       31.50
26Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale       25.50
27R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island       21.94
28Marco Island Brewery, Marco Island       16.13
29Longneck Brew House, Stuart (converted to CMB February 2014)       14.29
30Shipyard Brewery & Emporium, Winter Park(closed August 2013)         9.50
31Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee         3.81
32Tomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach         3.29

Florida Brewpubs’ LTM Growth

The last table in the Florida Brewpubs Report measures the growth of a brewpub’s sales volume by comparing the brewpub’s Last Twelve Months’ (LTM) sales volume through the most recent month for which data is available against the same brewpub’s LTM sales volume through the prior month. This is just one way of measuring a brewpub’s growth during the most recent month.

In this table, each brewpub’s February 2014 LTM sales volume is compared to its January 2014 LTM sales volume. For those brewpubs that stopped reporting sales under their brewpub license–either because they closed or because they converted to a CMB license–the month-to-month LTM comparison skews negative. On the other hand, this is a relatively good measure of positive or negative growth for brewpubs with a full year of reported data.

Monthly Change in LTM Production Florida Brewpubs
for the month of February 2014
RankBrewery
(first month of production)
Monthly Change
1Sailfish Brewing Company, Ft. Pierce19%
2Mack House (formerly Stage 84 Events), Ft. Lauderdale12%
3R-Bar & Grille, Treasure Island11%
4Sea Dog Brewing Company, Buena Vista9%
5Cask & Larder, Winter Park6%
6Charlie & Jakes Brewery Grille, Melbourne5%
7Sarasota Brewing Company, Sarasota3%
8Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill, Atlantic Beach2%
9Tall Paul’s Brew House, Gainesville1%
10Brewzzi, Boca Raton1%
11McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola0%
12Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Buena Vista0%
13Longneck Brew House, Stuart (converted to CMB February 2014)0%
13TThe Corner Café & Brewery, Tequesta (now Tequesta Brewing Co.)0%
13TTomoka Brewery, Ormond Beach0%
16Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub, Tallahassee0%
17A1A Ale Works, St. Augustine0%
18Fermentation Lounge, Tallahassee0%
19McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin-1%
20Darwin’s on 4th, Sarasota-2%
21The Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton-2%
22Titanic Brewery & Restaurant, Coral Gables-3%
23Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery, Jacksonville-3%
24Big Bear Brewing Co., Coral Springs-4%
25River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville-4%
26Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Miami (closed November 2013)-4%
27Brewzzi, West Palm Beach-6%
28Cafe Karibo, Fernandina Beach-6%
29Props Brewery & Grill, Ft. Walton Beach (converted to CMB September 2013)-7%
30Cigar City Brewing Co. at Tampa Int’l Airport-9%
31Shipyard Brewery & Emporium, Winter Park (closed August 2013)-21%
32Marco Island Brewery, Marco Island-33%

We’ll be back with another Florida Brewpubs Report as soon as March 2014 data is available. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback.