Florida Governor Signs Growler Bill

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Signed into law by the Governor, Senate Bill 186 contains provisions authorizing the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to issue a vendor’s license to a manufacturer of malt beverages for the sale of alcoholic beverages on property consisting of a single complex that includes a brewery (vendor-licensed brewer); repeals the requirement that the licensed property include “other structures which promote the brewery and tourism industry of the state” in order to be eligible as a vendor licensed brewer; limits the amount of malt beverages that can be transferred between breweries owned by the same brewer; limits the number of vendor’s licenses that can be issued to a manufacturer of malt beverages; requires all malt beverages and other alcoholic beverages that are not manufactured at a brewery owned by the brewer to be obtained through a distributor, an importer, a sales agent, or a broker; prohibits vendor-licensed brewers from making deliveries; permits malt beverage tastings on certain premises; clarifies that vendors may conduct malt beverage tastings on their licensed premises with beverages from their own inventory; and permits the filling and refilling of 32, 64, and 128 ounce growlers at the point of sale.