If you follow the craft beer scene, you know that Florida's craft beer market has taken off in the last five years. While the more established breweries have enjoyed growth and continued success, a large number of smaller operations have begun popping up at a rapid pace all throughout the state.
Big name beer companies have taken notice, however, and they don't exactly like what they're seeing.
While these smaller breweries have big dreams but small budgets, the high cost of distribution can be an inhibiting factor in a breweries early stages. To help avoid the high cost of selling at a retail level, many breweries have served their beer on site in "tasting rooms." These tasting rooms fall under a state exemption wherein a brewery can sell their beer on site as long as it's being sold on the brewery's property.
Well now the Florida Retail Federation (of which large beer companies like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch comprise) is attempting to close that loophole and in turn close down microbrewery tasting rooms.
Craft brewers have responded and are well on their way to raising $100,000 in an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for their legal defense.