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Beer geeks fight to bring Florida growler bill back to life

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The effort to legalize 64-ounce beer growlers may have died in the Legislature, thanks to the efforts of the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, but there's an effort afoot to bring it back to life.

A 64-ounce growler of beer, currently illegal in Florida. (AP archive)

A 64-ounce growler of beer, currently illegal in Florida. (AP archive)

A growler is a reusable bottle that is filled at the tap. It allows people to take draft beer home to drink.

Several breweries, beer bars and beer bloggers* have taken to Facebook, Twitter and old fashioned email to ask people to contact Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach. Brendan Farrington of the Associated Press reported that Mayfield kept the measure from having a hearing at the House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee she chairs.

A companion bill has also stalled in the Senate.

Beer blogger Sean Nordquist has a helpful guide to contacting your legislators.

I have no idea if this effort will be successful, but I hope it is. If enough people voice their support, perhaps that will outweigh the efforts of the FBWA.

* Rapp Brewing Co., Cask & Larder, Cigar City Brewing and Clean Plate Charlie are a few of the people pushing to lobby Mayfield.

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for nearly two decades. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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