JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Beer is a more than $3 billion business in Florida. In Jacksonville, the craft beer business is just beginning to boil and there's a new law that could change how beer lovers drink.
"When I was in brewing school, they made fun of Florida breweries for having this very old kind of backwards law," said Ben Davis, owner of Intuition Ale Works.
When you sip on a cold one from a local micro-brewery your beer-to-go options fall into two categories: a 32-ounce or 128-ounce Growler.
The industry standard 64-ounce, or half-gallon growler, is illegal in Florida.
So, for beer drinkers looking to take home that fresh craft beer home in a refillable glass jug called a growler, the choices are too small or too big.
But a new bill, House Bill 715 is trying to change that and make the coveted half-gallon growler legal and according to some beermasters legitimize the Florida craft beer business and help the city of Jacksonville.
"There are these industries in your district that are creating jobs and paying a lot of taxes and improving areas," said Davis. "We're opening up in more industrial areas and up and coming areas."
Intuition Ale said they pay $21 a barrel and $10.50 a keg to cover their state and federal excise tax. That's more than $50,000 on last year's barrels alone.
If the bill were to pass, it would take effect July 1, 2013.
First Coast News