Florida Beer

Today in 1845, Florida became the 27th state.


Florida Breweries

Florida Brewery Guides

Guild: Florida Brewers Guild

State Agency: Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco


  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Largest Cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Hialeah
  • Population: 15,982,378; 4th
  • Area: 65758 sq.mi., 22th
  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Statehood: 27th, March 3, 1845


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 47
  • Rank: 11th
  • Beer Production: 13,892,233
  • Production Rank: 3rd
  • Beer Per Capita: 23.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 46%
  • Cans: 42.9%
  • Kegs: 10.6%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.64
  • Per Case: $1.44
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $19.80
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $14.88

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $2,122,566,036
  • Direct Impact: $5,467,349,123
  • Supplier Impact: $3,776,962,846
  • Induced Economic Impact: $3,052,520,250
  • Total Impact: $12,296,832,219

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: State law prohibits selling of alcohol between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., unless the county chooses to change the operating hours later; such as for Sunday morning; Ormond Beach stays open until 7pm on Sundays. Miami-Dade County liquor stores may operate 24 hours a day.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Sale, processing, or consumption of any liquor or spirit of greater than 153 proof is illegal. (FSS 565.07)

    Supermarkets and other licensed business establishments may sell beer, low-alcohol liquors, and wine. Liquor must be sold in dedicated liquor stores which may be in a separate part of a grocery or a drug store. Beer must be sold in quantities of 32 or fewer ounces or greater than 1 gallon. Forty- and 64-ounce beverages are illegal.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says


    Cold Storage Brewery in Tampa is now operating, producing the Florida Avenue line of beers. I would put the link in here, but that might get it flagged as spam.

    Also, can I put a permanent link to this on the home page of my new Beer in Florida site? Great information


  2. Kirk says

    The brewmaster for the Corner Cafe & Brewery has opened a new microbrewery and tasting room called Tequesta Brewing Co. You can have a few pints there or buy growlers and take some home. Highly recommended.

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