Florida’s legislative session doesn’t begin for another few months, but the noise is starting. From those I’ve spoken with over the summer, the discussions have been ongoing and what we’re seeing here is the result of those meetings. It’s interesting to see that the people talking this time are the MillerCoors distributors rather than the ABInBev distributors.
I think it’s a bit disingenuous to claim that the beer industry is “united” over this. Winning 64 ounce growlers is not the big issue any longer – people have moved on. Now its about keeping tasting rooms. Growing self-distribution. Including beer-drinkers in the discussion.
The next group to join the fight: retailers. Why? Check this quote: “What we don’t want to see is a return to the bad old days when totally unrestricted breweries sold to the public and even delivered to the home.”
Here’s the video from the BIF: