ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (WFLA) – Craft beer places in the Tampa Bay area – and across Florida – are now allowed to sell growlers – 64-ounce beers. “It’s a nice way to split it with a couple of friends and have a good time,” St. Pete Brewing Company customer Jennifer said.
Jennifer bought the growler for the 4th of July weekend. “I think the 32 ounce is too small, and some of the breweries around here actually sell gallons. They haven’t really in a while but they’ll fill a gallon, and a gallon is too much,” she said.
Before a new law took place Wednesday, customers could buy 128-ounce giants or, to go, 32-ounce beers. “It’s one of those things like you wouldn’t be able to buy a 12-ounce soda. That’s kind of the vessel that people like to drink out of, so to not have the 64 ounce like every other state, makes no sense,” St. Pete Brewing owner Tom Williams said. St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman tried a growler, taking home the new size signed into law by the Governor.
Williams suspects the big beer companies wanted to derail brewers, who are growing in popularity. But before your raise your glass for a toast, note one option has been removed. “Up until just today, St. Pete Brewing was allowed to sell the 16 ounce, the little glasses to go, which is what I came and got a few days ago,” Jennifer said. The 16-ounce beer is out now.
The owner of St. Pete Brewing has his sights set on further deregulation. “The Boston Tea Party started over a very similar thing of taxing tea, and we saw where that went. So people don’t like their beer messed with,” Williams said.