Are you a Florida brewery looking to have your voice heard more effectively? Want to support Florida breweries?
Or maybe you just love beer.
We work hard to ensure that the beer industry in Florida continues to thrive. Learn more about the advocacy issues and find out what you can do to help.
Grab a cold one and gather around for a quick history lesson. Founded nearly two decades ago by local Tampa brewers, the Florida Brewers Guild was built on the idea of uniting an industry for advocacy and sharing best practices in an effort to elevate brewing across the state. Since 1996, the Guild has been responsible for helping increase the bottle size standards in 1999, permitting the influx of import and craft beers into the market, and fostering the growth of craft beer in Florida. Today, it continues to encourage all sectors of the industry to come together under the common principles of advocacy, education, and good ole fashioned brewing.
Our mission is to educate the public about the brewing industry in Florida; to promote networking and educational opportunities between brewers, consumers, suppliers, and government regulatory agencies; and to continually promote free market access of the Florida brewing industry to the public.
Want to get involved?
Mike Halker, President
Due South Brewing
Craig Birkmaier, Vice President
Justin Clark, Vice President
Cigar City Brewing
Jim Massoni, Treasurer
Florida Beer Company
We have a great team comprised of individuals who help strategically guide the organization each and every day. Members of the Florida Brewers Guild board are elected by the membership and serve two-year terms.
Josh Aubuchon, Executive Director, General Counsel, and Lobbyist
7venth Sun Brewing Company
1012 Broadway Ave, Dunedin, FL
A1A Ale Works
1 King Street #101, St. Augustine, FL
Alligator Brewing Company
10 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL
Barley Mow Brewing Company
518 West Bay Dr, Largo, FL
Barrel of Monks Brewing
20897 Hamaca Court, Boca Raton, FL
Big Bear Brewing Company
1800 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL
Big River Brewing Company-Disney
2101 N Epcot Resort Blvd-Disney Boardwalk, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Big Storm Brewing Co.
2438 Merchant Ave. #103, Odessa, FL
Bold City Brewery
2670 Rosselle Street #7, Jacksonville, FL
Bone Island Brewing
1111 Eaton Street, Key West, FL
Brewzzi - Boca Raton
2222 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL
Brewzzi - West Palm Beach
700 South Rosemary Avenue #212, West Palm Beach, FL
Bugnutty Brewing Company
715 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL
Cask & Larder
565 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL
Cigar City Brewing Company
3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa, FL
Cigar City Brewpub
15491 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL
Cigar City Cider & Mead
1812 N. 15th St, Tampa, FL
Charlie & Jake's Brewery Grille
6300 North Wickham Road #137, Melbourne, FL
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company
150 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL
Cold Storage Craft Brewery
4101 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL
Darwin's on 4th
1525 4th Street, Sarasota, FL
Daytona Beach Brewery
482 Fentress Blvd Unit N, Daytona Beach, FL
Due South Brewing Company
2900 High Ridge Rd #3, Boynton Beach, FL
937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL
Engine 15 Brewing Company
1500 Beach Boulevard #217, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Drive #28, Fort Myers, FL
Florida Beer Company
2500 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL
Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 Northeast 38th Street, Oakland Park, FL
Grayton Beer Company
217 Serenoa Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Green Bench Brewing Company
1133 Baum Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL
Green Room Brewing
228 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Intracoastal Brewing Company
652 W Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL
Intuition Ale Works
720 King Street Jacksonville, FL
J Dub's Brewing Company
1215 Mango Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Little Giant Brewery
301 7th St E, Bradenton, FL
Mile Marker Brewing
3420 Agricultural Center Dr, St Augustine, FL
1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL
Naples Beach Brewery
4110 Enterprise Ave. Suite 217, Naples, FL
Orlando Brewing Partners, Inc
1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL
301 Division Ave #15, Ormond Beach, FL
Pensacola Bay Brewery
225 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL
Pinglehead Brewing Company
14B Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL
Proof Brewing Company
1717 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL
Props Craft Brewery
255 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast #19, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Rapp Brewing Company LLC
10930 Endeavour Way Unit C, Seminole, FL
Sailfish Brewing Company
407 N 2nd St, Fort Pierce, FL
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
1441 Savannah Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL
25 Northwest 18th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL
Swamp Head Brewery
3140 SW 42nd Way Gainesville, FL
Tampa Bay Brewing
1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Brew Bus
3924 W. Spruce Street, Tampa, FL
Tequesta Brewing Co
287 S US Hwy 1, Tequesta, FL
Three Palms Brewing Co
1509 Hobbs St, Tampa, FL
Two Henrys Brewing
5210 W. Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL
Veterans United Craft Brewery
8999 Western Way Suite 104, Jacksonville, FL
Wild Rover Pub & Brewery
8740 N Mobley Rd, Keystone, FL
Wynwood Brewing Company
565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL
From craft brewers and distributors to individual beer lovers, our membership spans a wide variety of industry advocates. Raise a glass to our current Guild members.
The Florida Brewers Guild stands strong as a unified organization focused on enhancing the Florida brewing industry. Become part of the Guild today.
Please, no pets allowed! Must be 21 or over to attend!
No tickets will be mailed. Please bring a copy of your receipt and ID for admission to the BeerFest.
This is a Rain or Shine event, no refunds or exchanges.
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The Florida Brewers Guild encourages and supports efforts to educate brew masters and other beer enthusiasts. What topics would you be most interested in learning more about in an educational seminar?
Do you have an upcoming event you’d like help promoting? Please submit brewery and beer-related events here.
Great beer takes a lot of work! Quality brewing is labor-intensive and, therefore, accounts for thousands of jobs around the state. The Florida beer industry has a significant positive impact on our state’s economy. While our brewers comprise only five percent of the total beer sold in Florida, they provide approximately 85 to 90 percent of all beer-related jobs. Learn more about the issues that are impacting the Florida brewing industry.
Ever wondered why you don’t see Growler containers available for purchase here in Florida? That’s because current Florida law limits the size of individual alcoholic containers to 32 ounces or less and bulk containers to 1 gallon or more. The Florida Brewers Guild is actively petitioning to change the law to allow for containers of 64 ounces. Currently, HB 387 and SB 406, proposes to remove these restrictions.
And you can help! Let your voice be heard. Contact your state senator and representative and let them know you support legislation that amends the 32-ounce container limit.
Florida currently has the 8th highest excise tax rate in the U.S. with a rate of $0.48 per gallon of beer. These high taxes discourage new brewers from doing business in our state, and they are ultimately passed on to consumers. Both federal and state governments collect excise taxes on all beer/malt beverages produced in the United States. Every manufacturer is required to pay these taxes.
Current Federal Excise Tax Rate: $7.00 per barrel (31 gallons) for the first 60,000 barrels for manufacturers making fewer than 2 million barrels and $18.00 per barrel after the first 60,000. Learn more about the federal excise tax rate.
Love beer? Love your job! The following Guild members have employment opportunities for you:
Think you’re deserving of a brew course scholarship? Apply today.
In memory of John G. Doble III, we’ve partnered with the Siebel Institute of Technology to provide an annual scholarship for the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology held each fall in Chicago. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the financial and technical need of both the brewer and the brewery, and the winner is selected by the Scholarship Selection Committee, which is comprised of members of the Florida Brewers Guild. The scholarship provides:
• Full tuition for the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology
• Limited travel funds of up to $800 to help cover the cost of airfare and accommodations
|2011||Justin Stine||Cigar City Brewery|
|2010||Ed Canty||FBG Founder, Sarasota Brewing Co, Orlando Brewing Partners|
|2009||Cody Cassidy||Bold City Brewery|
|2008||Tim Ogden||Hops Grill & Brewery, Cigar City Brewery|
|2007||Madison Roane||McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery, Dunedin Brewery, Cigar City Brewery|
|2006||Eric Lumen||Seven Bridges Grill & Brewery, Green Room Brewery|
|2005||Tom Anderson||McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery, Harbor Docks Seafood & Brewery|
Want to know more about the man behind the scholarship?
John G. Doble III was born in a U.S. Military Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1965. As a soldier in the United States Army, Sergeant John Doble traveled the world as a Ranger assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”) as well as the 101st Airborne (Airmobile) Division.
After his time in the military, Doble graduated from The Siebel Institute of Technology and began to pursue his passion of brewing beer. He was the cofounder and brew-master of Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City and The Brew Shack in Tampa. His dedication to excellence in both food and beer was nationally recognized when the Tampa Bay Brewing Company was selected as one of the top four restaurants/breweries in America for beer-infused foods. The Tampa Bay Brewing Company was also recently featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on Food Network.
Doble was an American hero, natural leader, tireless worker, and devoted father. His ashes were embedded in an artificial reef off the coast of Sarasota. His passion for brewing beer lives on through the recipients of this scholarship.
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