Posted by: Nov 24, 2019

The September curse strikes again, as Florida breweries suffer another down month.

Monthly Highlights

  • Eight new Florida breweries in September 2019: American Icon Brewery (Ft. Lauderdale), Dangerous Minds Brewing Co. (Pompano Beach), Strange Beast Brewpub & Pizzeria (Miami), Lemonstreet Brewing Co. (Jacksonville), Four Stacks Brewing Co. (Gibsonton), Hiatus Brewing Co. (Ocala), Hammerstein Brewing Co. (Largo), and Ormond Garage (Ormond Beach).
  • No Florida brewery upgraded from a brewpub license (CMBP) to a production brewery  license (CMB) in September 2019. Breweries with a CMB license can start fill growlers, sell bottled or canned products for consumption off premises, and sell to licensed distributors. Where a brewery upgrades its license, the tables below denote the CMBP license with * and the CMB license with ^.
  • In September 2019, the total number of licensed breweries stood at 372. Of those, 355 breweries reported taxpaid sales in September.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales fell by 7.09% in September 2019. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) rose by 0.26%. Compared to September 2018, LTM taxpaid sales were up by 10.01% in September 2019.
  • For reporting breweries, the average taxpaid sales per brewery in September 2019 was 24.96 barrels, a monthly decrease of 2.76 barrels per brewery.
  • In September 2019, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.90% of all beer sales in Florida (9.0 out of 1,000 beers sold).

Would you like The Florida Breweries Report as an Excel spreadsheet? Reports for this month and all months back to January 2015 are available at this link:

Florida Breweries Monthly Taxpaid Sales

The next table shows each Florida brewery’s taxpaid sales volume for the month of September 2019. Not every Florida brewery makes retail sales in a taproom or brewery.

Florida Breweries Report – Reported Monthly Taxpaid Sales for September 2019

wdt_IDMonthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCitySales (in barrels)
11141Grayton Beer CompanySanta Rosa Beach296.51
22-1Crooked Can Brewing Co.Winter Garden197.62
330Funky Buddha BreweryBoca Raton132.42
4413Wicked Barley Brewing CompanyJacksonville131.33
55-1Annheuser BuschJacksonville123.27
6623 Daughters BrewingSt. Petersburg116.09
77-2Coppertail Brewing Co.Tampa110.46
88-6The Waterfront BreweryKey West110.17
9911Big Top Brewing Co.Gainesville99.58
101049Florida Beer CompanyCape Canaveral95.35
Monthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCitySales (in barrels)

Florida Breweries’ LTM Taxpaid Sales

Our next table shows retail sales by each brewery for the last 12 months (LTM) ending September 2019.

Florida Breweries Report – LTM Reported Taxpaid Sales for September 2019

wdt_IDMonthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCitySales (in barrels)
110Crooked Can Brewing Co.Winter Garden2,452.11
221Annheuser BuschJacksonville2,323.97
331Cigar City BrewingTampa2,220.74
44-2Concrete Beach BreweryMiami2,166.98
550Funky Buddha BreweryBoca Raton1,733.55
6603 Daughters BrewingSt. Petersburg1,523.62
770Coppertail Brewing Co.Tampa1,365.63
881Wicked Barley Brewing CompanyJacksonville1,226.66
99-1Intracoastal Brewing CompanyMelbourne1,220.57
10100Veza Sur Brewing Co.Miami1,082.52
Monthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCitySales (in barrels)

Florida Breweries’ LTM Growth in Taxpaid Sales

Our next table looks at the change in each brewery’s LTM taxpaid sales from last month. This provides an estimate of a brewery’s growth rate from one month to the next, at least to the extent of retail sales. The rightmost column identifies breweries that have less than 12 months of reported taxpaid sales.

Florida Breweries Report – LTM Reported Taxpaid Sales Monthly Growth Rate for August 2019

wdt_IDMonthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCityMonthly Growth RateLess than 12 Months Reported
11210Azalea City Brewing Co.Palatka200%*
22178Oyster City Brewing Co. (17 Ave D)Apalachicola152%*
33170Orchestrated Minds BrewingFt. Lauderdale117%*
44203Unrefined BrewingTarpon Springs113%*
5580Kombucha 221 B.C.Sarasota96%
66-1High Springs Brewing CompanyHigh Springs90%*
77245Grayton Beer CompanySanta Rosa Beach67%*
88-2Cracy Dingo Brewing Company at Southern Fresh FarmsFt. Myers54%*
99-7Eight-Foot Brewing^Cape Coral37%*
10105McK’s TavernDaytona Beach33%*
Monthly RankRanking ChangeBreweryCityMonthly Growth RateLess than 12 Months Reported

Florida Breweries With No
Reported Activity

Each month, a number of breweries report no retail sales or other taxable activities. The next table lists the licensed breweries that reported no activity for the twelve months through September 2019.

Florida Breweries Report – No Reported Taxable Activity through August 2019

1through September 2019
2Hollywood Brewing Co.
3Yeasty Brews
4Raw Brewing Company
5American Icon Brewery
6Dangerous Minds Brewing Co.
7Premiere Brewery
8Invasive Species Brewing*
9Krome Brewing Company
10Intuition Ale Works (Production Brewery)

About The Florida Breweries Reports

Since 2014, BrewerLong, an Orlando-area Business Law Firm,
has produced the Florida Breweries Reports (“FBRs”) for one reason:
to help Florida brewery owners and prospective owners have a clearer
understanding of the state of the craft brewing industry in Florida. The FBRs
rely entirely on data that is publically available from the Florida Division of
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (the “ABT”). We do not independently
verify any of the ABT’s reported data. The ABT reports data about each
brewery’s taxpaid sales. Generally, this means only sales by the brewery in its
own taproom. For that reason, the FBRs do not reflect any information about
Florida brewers’ sales to a distributor. We would love to include this in the
FBR, but we take what the ABT makes available. Because we’re attorneys: The
FBRs are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We disclaim any duty
to update or correct any information contained in the FBRs, including errors,
even if we are notified about them. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we
disclaim all representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied with
respect to the information contained in the FBRs, including, but not limited
to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, non-infringement,
accuracy, completeness, and timeliness. We will not be liable for damages of
any kind arising from or in connection with your use of or reliance on the
FBRs, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental,
consequential, and punitive damages. You agree to use the FBRs at your own
risk. If you have any questions about the FBRs, the Florida craft brewing
industry, or how BrewerLong can help you, please contact us at

Cheers! Trevor