Bill Passed In Senate Puts Restrictions On Craft Brewers

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Under a bill passed by the Senate, craft brewers in the state would be restricted on the amount of packaged beer their breweries could sell directly to visitors.

Craft brewers opposed the bill. They currently can sell unlimited amounts of their kegged, canned and bottled beer at the breweries.

Sen. Kelli Stargel argued the brewers are now operating under a loophole created for the Busch Gardens theme park and the bill would clear up ambiguity in the law.

But Sen. Jack Latvala said the bill will stifle the growing industry and cost jobs.

The bill would also legalize half-gallon refillable beer containers known as growlers.

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