Florida brewers push to legalize 64-ounce beer jugs

Half-gallon size growlers legal in 47 states

Published On: Apr 01 2013 08:11:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2013 08:46:02 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's craft brewers are pushing to legalize 64-ounce beer growlers.

Growlers are the name given to beer containers filled right at the brewery.

While the state's craft brewers can sell unlimited numbers of gallon and quart growlers, Florida is one of only three states where the half-gallon size is illegal.

Bills have been filed in the House and Senate to legalize the containers, but a lobbyist representing beer distributors for Anheuser-Busch has successfully stalled them.

The bills' sponsors argue that allowing the half-gallon growlers that are an industry standard will help small businesses grow, and they point out that it's silly that people can by two quarts, but not one half gallon.