Bottle relief for Florida drinkers

Law that will permit more micros, imports goes into effect Oct. 1

May 30, 2001 - Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law a measure that will allow Florida beer to be sold in containers 32 ounces or smaller. The bill eliminates a decades-old ban on retail sale of any beer bottle or can that isn't 8, 12, 16 or 32 ounces.


The bill will take effect Oct. 1. It will increase the number of microbrewed beers (many of which are sold in 22-ounce bottles) and imports (often packaged in metric size) that may be sold. It also applies the container size law to cider.

Wholesale distributors had lobbied to defeat similar legislation in the past.