The results are in and Southwest Florida has brought home seven medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) from the Best Florida Beer Competition, the most prestigious professional beer competition in Florida!
There were 110 breweries from Florida that submitted over 850 beers which were all competing for only 93 beer-style medals. That means that only around 10% of the beers submitted head home with some hardware. Any brewery going home with a medal should be proud especially when competing against the likes of Cigar City, Big Storm, and Funky Buddha!
A month ago a Senate Bill 554 was filed in the Florida Senate by Senator Dana Young. This bill is moving quickly through the Senate, would greatly help the growth of new breweries in FL, and has an effective date of July 1, 2017.
SB 554 would ultimately allow smaller breweries to act as their own distributor by giving them the power to deliver their beer directly to vendors. This is a huge change to the Three-Tier System that has been in place since Prohibition. Being able to self-distribute for small breweries would cut out the cost of the middle man and help them save much needed money as they are in their growing stages.
Palm City Brewing
Owners: Ryan (Head Brewer) and Marianne Bowen
Where: 7887 Drew Circle Suite 130 Fort Myers Alico Commercial Park (2 miles west of I-75, exit 128)
When: Plan to open doors in spring 2017
What Got You Into Craft Beer?: Chimay Red was Ryan's first "WOW" moment in craft beer
Favorite Style of Beer to Drink:
With a slogan of "Pints in Paradise", I instantly think of the song "Toes" by Zac Brown Band...got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today! Can't wait to leave my worries behind when these doors open up!
Since mid-2015 there have been four bills written to reform the federal excise taxes paid by brewers in the U.S:
(chronological order of referral to Committee)
Current Beer Tax Info (Information from the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)