The Florida senate has passed a bill, SB 1714, that would prohibit craft brewers from selling certain products directly to consumers. Currently, many breweries in Florida operate “tasting rooms” abutting their facilities, through which they interact directly with their customers, offering free samples as well as bottles, cans, and growlers of beer for purchase. The bill, which has an effective date of July 1, 2014, would require any bottles and cans sold by these tasting rooms to first be sold to distributors — and bought back by the brewery at marked up prices — before being sold to consumers. Any brewery selling more than 2,000 kegs a year would be subject to these restrictions.
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