Some moves in House Bill 1329 Monday were seen initially as big win for the little guys, local craft breweries. In talking with a local brewery, they say they support legislation to legalize 64 ounce growlers without restrictions.
Those moves stripped House Bill 1329 of many of the restrictions, but some are still there.
"Anytime that you are going to govern or throttle on that growth -- not sure how you could ever see that as a win," said Joey Redner, owner of Cigar City Brewers.
The Florida Brewery Guild presented its own bills: HB 283 and SB 406, which legalize half-gallon growlers free of any other restrictions.
The Brewery Guild sees legalizing growlers between 32 and 128 ounces as a win for consumers. Typically, they have to spend more to buy either two 32 ounce growlers or a large gallon size.
"Why? If I can get two 32 ounce growlers, why can't I get a 64?" asked Howard Marsh, a regular customer at Cigar City Brewers.
All eyes are on the several bills making their way through the statehouse. Redner says he still sees the glass half full.
"Anytime you have a good product, and even if you have head winds legislatively, you have a chance," he said.
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