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Senator Cruz, District 18 — Press Release


February 2, 2017

CONTACT: Brian McManus, (813) 281-5507

Florida Senator Dana Young Files Craft Breweries Legislation

Senate Bill 554 Aims to Help Craft Breweries Grow & Enter the Marketplace by Allowing Self-distribution

Tampa —

Florida Senator Dana Young (R-Tampa) today announced that she has filed Senate Bill 554, relating to “Craft Breweries.” This bill provides the smallest of craft brewers with the opportunity to grow their business by permitting self-distribution up until a 7,000 keg production limit is met. Once this limit is met, the craft brewer will need to contract with a distributor, which is the current practice today.

“I am proud to sponsor SB 554 and continue to be an advocate for our state’s craft brewers,” said Senator Young. “We want to see the craft beer industry continue their trend of record growth and this bill will help new brewers get their beer to market faster.” She continued, “I look forward to working with the bill’s co-sponsor, Senator Jack Latvala, my colleagues in the Senate, and members of the Florida House to provide a regulatory structure that encourages craft brewers to grow.”