WUFT News

Florida Bill Proposes Allowing Beer Tastings in Stores

By on January 17th, 2014

Free specialty craft beer tastings could come to stores like Costco and Publix if a new Florida bill passes.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Nancy Detert (R-District 28), received unanimous approval from the Florida Senate industries committee.

For local breweries and bars like Gainesville House of Beer and Swamp Head Brewery, this bill (SB 470) means business.

Alex Whelpton, manager of the Gainesville House of Beer, said the bill increase consumer’s knowledge of the variety of brands available, allowing customers to know what they’re ordering and what their options are.

“A lot of the products are really awesome; they’re really quality,” Whelpton said. “But people just don’t know about it.”

Brandon Nappy, marketing manager for the Swamp Head Brewery, said the bill gives the brewery a way for it to market and introduce its products to people who haven’t yet experienced it.

Some lawmakers are concerned the bill is written too broadly, and that it will result in convenience stores hosting what some would call “beer parties.”

Hesitant lawmakers aren’t the only obstacle impeding the bill’s path to passing.

Whelpton said bigger beverage companies are lobbying against the bill because they don’t want it to draw customers away from their already established brands, which have large consumer bases.

The bill is now being addressed in the Senate Community Affairs committee.


This entry was posted in Florida. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Program Gives Foster Youths Chance For More Normal Life

A recent pilot program is making it easier for young people in foster care to earn a driver’s license and insurance for them to achieve a more normal life.


Police Identify Shooter as FSU Alumnus

The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.


Undated arrest photo of Chadwick Banks.

Chadwick Banks Executed By Lethal Injection For Double-Murder

Chadwick Banks became the 20th person executed under Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The 43-year-old was put to death after being convicted in the 1992 slaying of his wife, Cassandra Banks, as well as the rape and murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Melody Cooper. Eighty-nine people have been put to death in Florida since executions resumed in the state in 1979.


Pastor Zach Zehnder of theCross Church in Mount Dora speaks to the crowd in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for world’s longest speech marathon. Zehnder ultimately spoke for more than 53 hours.

Mount Dora Pastor Attempts To Break Guinness World Record For Longest Speech

A Mount Dora pastor may have broken the Guinness World Record for the Longest Speech Marathon. The speech, which lasted over 53 hours, was used to raise money for a local cause.


(From left) Mitch Holeve celebrates Garrett "G-Money" Holeve's victory against David "Cerebral Assassin" on Saturday night. G-Money won by submission.

MMA Fighter G-Money Victorious Over Cerebral Assassin

Mixed martial artists Garrett “G-Money” Holeve and David “Cerebral Assasin” Steffan fought on Saturday in Sullivan, Missouri. G-Money defeated his opponent in their much anticipated bout by submission in the second round.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments