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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015

•After a long battle, Florida lawmakers have passed a bill that would legalize 64-ounce refillable growler sales in the state. The bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval. The measure also creates a vendor licensing program for brewers, under which breweries may receive up to eight licenses to retail their beers. Earlier this year, retailer and wholesaler groups had asked the state to clarify rules governing craft beer tasting rooms, which have been selling beer under a so-called “tourist exemption” to the three-tier system. Craft brewers have been fighting to move legalization of 64-ounce growler fills through the state legislature for three years. Once signed by the governor, the bill is set to become law on July 1.

•Detroit, Michigan’s Atwater Brewery has partnered with Mims Distributing Company for entry into the North Carolina market. The Raleigh-based distributor will handle Atwater’s lineup of more than 20 craft beers, such as Dirty Blonde Ale, Vanilla Java Porter and Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. Atwater says it sold 40,000 barrels of beer last year at a 68% volume increase over 2013. This year, it’s expanding capacity and hiring 20 additional employees as part of its goal to reach 60,000 barrels. Earlier this year, Atwater announced plans to expand into Colorado, California, New York and New Jersey.

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