Florida Senate - 2021 CS for CS for SB 46
By the Committees on Commerce and Tourism; and Regulated
Industries; and Senator Hutson
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to craft distilleries; amending s.
3 565.02, F.S.; defining the term “destination
4 entertainment venue”; authorizing craft distilleries
5 to be licensed as specified vendors under certain
6 circumstances; providing requirements for such
7 licenses; providing requirements for craft
8 distilleries for such licenses; prohibiting a licensee
9 from taking certain actions; requiring certain
10 alcoholic beverages to be obtained through a licensed
11 distributor; amending s. 565.03, F.S.; redefining the
12 terms “branded product” and “craft distillery”;
13 prohibiting a distillery from operating as a craft
14 distillery until certain requirements are met;
15 authorizing persons to have common ownership in craft
16 distilleries under certain circumstances; defining the
17 term “common ownership”; requiring a minimum
18 percentage of a craft distillery’s total finished
19 branded products to be distilled in this state and
20 contain one or more Florida agricultural products
21 after a specified date; revising the requirements and
22 prohibitions on the sale of branded products to
23 consumers by a licensed craft distillery; revising the
24 circumstances for which a craft distillery must report
25 certain information about the production of distilled
26 spirits to the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and
27 Tobacco of the Department of Business and Professional
28 Regulation; revising prohibitions on the shipment of
29 certain products by a craft distillery; revising
30 prohibitions on the transfer of a craft distillery
31 license or ownership interest in such license;
32 revising prohibitions relating to affiliated ownership
33 of craft distilleries; authorizing a craft distillery
34 to transfer specified distilled spirits from certain
35 locations to its souvenir gift shop and tasting room;
36 making technical changes; requiring the keeping of
37 records for alcoholic beverages received from
38 specified persons; amending s. 565.17, F.S.;
39 authorizing craft distilleries to conduct spirituous
40 beverage tastings under certain circumstances;
41 requiring the division to issue permits to craft
42 distilleries to conduct tastings and sales at certain
43 locations; specifying requirements for distilleries
44 for such permits; providing an effective date.
46 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
48 Section 1. Present subsection (12) of section 565.02,
49 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (13), and a new
50 subsection (12) is added to that section, to read:
51 565.02 License fees; vendors; clubs; caterers; and others.—
52 (12)(a) As used in this subsection, the term “destination
53 entertainment venue” means a venue that:
54 1. Is located in a designated community redevelopment area
55 authorized under an adopted community redevelopment plan to
56 support urban redevelopment and economic development;
57 2. Is owned by any person licensed as a craft distillery
58 located within the destination entertainment venue;
59 3. Is adjacent to and served by multimodal transportation
60 options, including, at a minimum, bicycle and pedestrian trails
61 included on an adopted city or county trails map and mass
62 transit routes established by a city, county, or regional
63 transportation authority; and
64 4. Is located within a contiguous area of at least 15
65 acres, including associated parking and stormwater requirements
66 as required by local law, regulation, or ordinance, and that
68 a. At least one indoor event venue with a minimum capacity
69 of 150 people which is fully serviced by a connected onsite
71 b. At least one outdoor event venue with a minimum capacity
72 of 1,000 people which has regularly occurring live entertainment
73 on a stage that is at least 12 feet deep and 16 feet wide; and
74 c. One or more licensed craft distilleries sharing
75 identical ownership.
76 (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Beverage
77 Law, upon the payment of the appropriate fees, a craft
78 distillery licensed in this state may be licensed as a vendor
79 only for consumption on the premises of alcoholic beverages
80 manufactured by other manufacturers and acquired through a
81 distributor. The issuance of a license under this paragraph is
82 not subject to any quota or limitation, except that the craft
83 distillery must be:
84 1. Located on property within a destination entertainment
85 venue; and
86 2. In operation and open for tours during normal business
87 hours at least 5 days a week.
88 (c) The vendor license may be issued only for the premises
89 included on the licensed premises sketch on file with the
90 division under s. 565.03 for the craft distillery, including its
91 souvenir gift shop or tasting room.
92 (d) No more than three craft distilleries may be licensed
93 as a vendor in a community redevelopment area under this
94 subsection. Craft distilleries licensed as a vendor under this
95 subsection must be located within the same destination
96 entertainment venue and must share identical ownership, and each
97 craft distillery must distill, blend, or rectify at least 50,000
98 gallons of branded products per calendar year.
99 (e) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, a craft
100 distillery licensed as a vendor under this subsection shall be
101 treated as a vendor and is subject to all provisions relating to
102 such vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for
103 consumption on premises. A craft distillery licensed as a vendor
104 may not make package sales for off-premises consumption or make
105 any delivery or shipment of alcoholic beverages away from the
106 destination entertainment venue or the craft distillery, unless
107 such shipment or delivery is authorized for a craft distillery
108 under s. 565.03.
109 (f) Alcoholic beverages manufactured by another licensed
110 manufacturer, including branded products manufactured at another
111 craft distillery location sharing identical ownership, must be
112 obtained through a licensed distributor.
113 Section 2. Present subsections (6) and (7) of section
114 565.03, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (7)
115 and (8), respectively, a new subsection (6) is added to that
116 section, and paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) and
117 subsections (2) and (5) of that section are amended, to read:
118 565.03 License fees; manufacturers, distributors, brokers,
119 sales agents, and importers of alcoholic beverages; vendor
120 licenses and fees; distilleries and craft distilleries.—
121 (1) As used in this section, the term:
122 (a) “Branded product” means any distilled spirits product
124 1. Is owned by a craft distillery;
125 2. Contains distilled spirits that are manufactured by
126 distilling, rectifying, or blending by the craft distillery on
127 its licensed premises; and
128 3. Has
manufactured on site, which requires a federal
129 certificate and label approval by the Federal Government Alcohol
130 Administration Act or federal regulations.
131 (b) “Craft distillery” means a licensed distillery in this
132 state which distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000 that produces
133 75,000 or fewer gallons or less of distilled spirits per
134 calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises and has
135 notified the division in writing of its decision to qualify as a
136 craft distillery.
137 (2)(a) A distillery may not operate as a craft distillery
138 until the distillery has provided to the division written
139 notification that it meets the criteria specified in paragraph
140 (1)(b). Upon the division’s receipt of the notification and its
141 verification that the distillery meets all such criteria, the
142 division shall add the designation of craft distiller on the
143 distillery’s license.
144 (b) A person may not share common ownership in more than 10
145 craft distilleries, provided that no more than:
146 1. Four of the distilleries each distill, rectify, or blend
147 250,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year;
149 2. Six of the distilleries each distill, rectify, or blend
150 50,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year.
152 As used in this paragraph, the term “common ownership” means
153 having a direct or indirect financial interest in two or more
154 distilleries by the same person.
155 (c) Effective July 1, 2026, a minimum of 60 percent of a
156 craft distillery’s total finished branded products must be
157 distilled in this state and contain one or more Florida
158 agricultural products.
159 (d) A distillery or a craft distillery authorized to do
160 business under the Beverage Law shall pay an annual state
161 license tax for each plant or branch operating in the state, as
163 1. A distillery engaged in the business of manufacturing
164 distilled spirits: $4,000.
165 2. A craft distillery engaged in the business of
166 manufacturing distilled spirits: $1,000.
167 3. A person engaged in the business of rectifying and
168 blending spirituous liquors and nothing else: $4,000.
169 (e) (b) A licensed distillery or licensed craft distillery
170 may Persons licensed under this section who are in the business
171 of distilling spirituous liquors may also engage in the business
172 of rectifying or and blending spirituous liquors without the
173 payment of an additional license tax.
174 (f) (c) A craft distillery licensed under this section may
175 sell directly to consumers up to 75,000 gallons per calendar
176 year of , at its souvenir gift shop, branded products that are
177 manufactured by the craft distillery distilled on its premises.
178 A craft distillery may sell branded products directly to
179 consumers by the drink for consumption on the premises or by the
180 package in factory-sealed containers for consumption off the
181 premises in this state in factory-sealed containers that are
182 filled at the distillery for off-premises consumption. Such
183 sales are authorized only in the craft distillery’s souvenir
184 gift shop or tasting room located on private property contiguous
185 to the licensed distillery premises. Branded products sold to
186 consumers must have been distilled, rectified, or blended on the
187 distillery premises that is located contiguous to the craft
188 distillery’s souvenir gift shop or tasting room. The souvenir
189 gift shop or tasting room must be in this state and included on
190 the sketch or diagram defining the licensed premises submitted
191 with the distillery’s license application. All sketch or diagram
192 revisions by the distillery shall require the division’s
193 approval verifying that the locations of the souvenir gift shops
194 and tasting rooms shop location operated by the licensed
195 distillery are is owned or leased by the distillery and on
196 property contiguous to the distillery’s production building in
197 this state.
198 1. Except as authorized under s. 565.17(2), a craft
199 distillery may not sell any factory-sealed individual containers
200 of spirits to consumers except in face-to-face sales
201 transactions with such consumers at the craft distillery’s
202 licensed premises. Such branded products must be in compliance
203 with the container limits under s. 565.10 and be intended for
204 personal consumption rather than for resale who are making a
205 purchase of no more than six individual containers of each
206 branded product.
207 2. Each container sold in face-to-face transactions with
208 consumers must comply with the container limits in s. 565.10,
209 per calendar year for the consumer’s personal use and not for
210 resale and who are present at the distillery’s licensed premises
211 in this state.
212 3. A craft distillery must report to the division within 5
213 days after it exceeds reaches the production limits or is no
214 longer operating under the requirements or limitations provided
215 in paragraph (1)(b). Any retail sales of branded products by the
216 drink or by the package to consumers at the craft distillery’s
217 licensed premises are prohibited beginning the day after it
218 exceeds reaches the production limitation.
219 3. 4. A craft distillery may not ship or arrange to ship any
220 of its branded products or any other alcoholic beverages
221 distilled spirits to consumers and may sell and deliver only to
222 consumers within the state in a face-to-face transaction at the
223 distillery property. However, a craft distillery distiller
224 licensed under this section may ship, arrange to ship, or
225 deliver such spirits to any manufacturers of distilled spirits,
226 wholesale distributors of distilled spirits, state or federal
227 bonded warehouses, or and exporters.
228 4. 5. Except as provided in subparagraph 5. subparagraph 6.,
229 it is unlawful to transfer a craft distillery license for a
230 distillery that produces 75,000 or fewer gallons per calendar
231 year of distilled spirits on its premises or any ownership
232 interest in such license to an individual or entity that has a
233 direct or indirect ownership interest in any distillery that
234 distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000 gallons or more per
235 calendar year of distilled spirits under any license issued
236 licensed in this state; in another state, territory, or country;
237 or by the United States Government to distill manufacture,
238 blend, or rectify distilled spirits for beverage purposes.
239 5. 6. Except as provided in paragraph (b), a craft
240 distillery may shall not have its ownership affiliated with
241 another distillery, unless such distillery is owned by an
242 individual or entity that distills, rectifies, or blends 250,000
243 gallons or less per calendar year of distilled spirits produces
244 75,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits
245 on each of its premises in this state or in another state,
246 territory, or country.
247 6. A craft distillery may transfer up to 75,000 gallons per
248 calendar year of its branded products that it distills,
249 rectifies, or blends from its federal bonded space, nonbonded
250 space at its licensed premises, or storage areas to its souvenir
251 gift shop and tasting room.
252 (5) A craft distillery making sales under paragraph (2)(f)
253 paragraph (2)(c) is responsible for submitting any excise taxes
254 due to the state on distilled spirits on beverages under the
255 Beverage Law with in its monthly report to the division with any
256 tax payments due to the state.
257 (6) A craft distillery shall keep complete and accurate
258 records of all alcoholic beverages received from any point
259 within or outside the state from another manufacturer, or from a
260 broker or sales agent or importer, including any delivery
261 invoice or other record of the common or contract carrier of
262 freight making the delivery of such alcoholic beverages. The
263 records shall be kept and maintained for a period of 3 years, as
264 required by s. 561.55.
265 Section 3. Section 565.17, Florida Statutes, is amended to
267 565.17 Beverage tastings by distributors, craft
268 distilleries, and vendors.—
269 (1) A licensed distributor of spirituous beverages, a craft
270 distillery as defined in s. 565.03, or any vendor , is authorized
271 to conduct spirituous beverage tastings upon any licensed
272 premises authorized to sell spirituous beverages by package or
273 for consumption on premises without being in violation of s.
274 561.42, provided that the conduct of the spirituous beverage
275 tasting shall be limited to and directed toward the general
276 public of the age of legal consumption.
277 (2) Craft distilleries may conduct tastings and sales of
278 distilled spirits produced by the craft distilleries at Florida
279 fairs, trade shows, farmers markets, expositions, and festivals.
280 The division shall issue permits to craft distilleries for such
281 tastings and sales. A craft distillery must pay all entry fees
282 and must have a distillery representative present during the
283 event. The permit is limited to the duration and physical
284 location of the event.
285 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.