Legislation

Florida challenged for cracking down on craft breweries’ growlers

In Florida, you can buy beer that comes in cans. You can buy beer that comes in bottles.

You can even buy beer that comes in kegs, in cases, in six-packs and in fancy bottles with cork-stoppers. You can beer that is poured from a tap at a bar.

But if you want to buy beer 64-ounce in a reusable container known by beer connoisseurs as a “growler,” you would be breaking the state law.

However, if you have a 32-ounce beer jug or a larger growler — perhaps you need a gallon of beer — you’re in the clear.

Yes, it makes no sense. And that’s why Florida’s odd and illogical ban on 64-ounce containers of beer is getting challenged in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian law firm that just loves taking on the nanny state.

“What’s the health or safety rationale for telling consumers that a half-gallon jug is off-limits, but two quarter-gallon jugs are fine?  Clearly, the ban isn’t to help the public,” said Mark Miller, an attorney for PLF.

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