Alcohol Retailers Drop Lawsuit as State Legislature Revisits Tap Room Statute

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Doug Fairall
A Big Storm, indeed.

A 50-year-old alcohol law will soon be revisited by state lawmakers after a trade lobbying group, the Florida Retail Federation, submitted a lawsuit in January seeking to clarify portions of a state statute that allows for a tourism exception to the usually-strict three-tier system.

The FRF dropped its lawsuit this past Friday, according to the TBO, after regulators agreed to look into the issue.

Could this mean a step closer to the death of tap rooms in Florida?

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Ex-Marlins Player Chris Volstad Wants To Bring His Brewery To Jupiter

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Yesterday was a big day for an ex-Marlins pitcher, but it had nothing to do with baseball -- it's all about the beer.

Three north county brewmeisters, one of which is ex-Marlins right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad, 28, a Palm Beach Gardens high school graduate who also played for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies, took the intital step towards bringing beer brewing to Jupiter Tuesday. If his group gets their wishgoing forward, Jupiter will be home to the newest Florida craft brewery -- the Civil Society Brewing Co.

See also: Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Florida Brewery Tasting Rooms

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Funky Buddha Now Available at Select Publix Locations

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Doug Fairall
Publix just got funky!
Just in time for watching all the playoff excitement in the privacy of your own home, Funky Buddha beer has announced their beer is available at select Publix locations throughout South Florida.

According to Funky Buddha's John Linn, the Funky Buddha team pitched their craft beers to Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Florida where they received a warm reception and an "OK" to be placed on their approved vendor list.

See also: Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Fest Was a Smooth Success

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Florida Beer: Dry-Hopped E'te' Sans Fin From Saint Somewhere Brewing

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Doug Fairall
Almost drank it all before snapping a pic. Taken at the MBCP Fest.

It's #FloridaBeerFriday, when we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

This week, we're poring over one of the non-Buddha beers that were available at this previous weekend's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter fest at Funky Buddha Brewery. That beer, pictured above, is the dry-hopped E'te' Sans Fin, a "farmhouse ale brewed with coriander" from Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. in Tarpon Springs.

See also: Florida Beer: Funky Buddha Brewery's Crusher Single Hop Session IPA


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South Florida's Most Anticipated Brewery Openings of 2015

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Brewing places similar to this will be opening this year in South Florida.

If you thought last year was busy with craft beer, 2015 is set to blow your socks off. With more breweries than we can count (we didn't do well in math, hence the writing bit), South Florida will finally close the gap of breweries per capita.

There are many, many, many hurdles in opening a brewery, the least of which is federal permits, which can take months to process. Securing a building takes time. Construction takes time. Heck, brewing beer takes time. All of these factors can delay a brewery from opening for what seems like an eternity.

Here, though, is a list of breweries that we're looking forward to seeing open in 2015. To the best of our knowledge, they are places that will open this year. Of course, anything can happen, but let's pursue an exercise in optimism. Is it all-inclusive? No. There are a lot of folks about to put out some amazing beers. Here is a selection to get your mouths salivating with the thoughts of new and awesome breweries in South Florida.

See also: Two Breweries to Open in Pompano Beach: Bangin' Banjo Brewing and 26 Degree Brewing


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Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Florida Brewery Tasting Rooms UPDATED

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The tourism exemption to Florida's three-tier system allows retail tasting rooms at breweries.
Retail tasting rooms in Florida breweries are coming under fire again. This time, it's the Florida Independent Spirits Association filing a petition with the state challenging the tourism exemption of the state's three-tier laws for alcohol distribution.

The exemption allows retail tasting rooms in breweries, which are at risk in the petition filed on January 8 in the Division of Administrative Hearings.

See also: South Florida's Most Anticipated Brewery Openings of 2015

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Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Fest Was a Smooth Success

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For the second year in a row, the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park has put on and successfully carried out the bottle release for its most famous beer, the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Dubbed Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Fest, the brewery's annual street festival went down this past Saturday with the ease of a freshly brewed pot of coffee.

See also: Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Bottle Release Party (Photos)


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Florida Beer: Funky Buddha Brewery's Crusher Single Hop Session IPA

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Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday, when we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

Ah, the session IPA. Much debate has sprung up in the beer world about this relatively new beer style. Is it really a pale ale? Is it really just an IPA? Does it even really matter?

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The Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival Returns January 24: It's All About Florida Beer

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The 9th annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival has over 100 vendors, most of them Florida beers. Ain't that something!
The 9th annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival is fast approaching, with the Roger Dean Stadium Hosting on January 24. This year over 100 beer vendors, most of them Florida, will available to sample. Has there ever been a better moment for the state of craft beer in the Sunshine State?

Probably not. Florida represents the largest contingent with at least 30 breweries, many of those from either Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

See Also: Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival: Hanging With The Beer Lovers

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Two Breweries to Open in Pompano Beach: Bangin' Banjo Brewing and 26 Degree Brewing

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Adam Feingold (left) and Matt Giani (right) of Bangin' Banjo Brewing are two of the newest of brewers in Pompano Beach.
Broward County is already home to several breweries and brewpubs, but the success of craft beer is showing the world that there is always room for a couple more. Bangin' Banjo and 26 Degree brewing companies are both planning to begin production in Pompano Beach this year, possibly within weeks, if not days, of each other.

The city has already given approval for the zoning of each brewery, each of which has begun -- at least on some level -- the process of transforming the interior. Although Bangin' Banjo has yet to receive the official go-ahead from the city to begin construction, 26 Degree received its building permit mid-December.

See also: Ten Best Beers Brewed in Florida In 2014

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