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Governor Scott Signs Bill Expected to help Local Brweries

Byron Burroughs Proof
Posted at 9:14 PM, May 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-16 17:33:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Thursday, Florida's governor puts his signature on a bill that allows Florida breweries to sell beer in the popular 64 ounce size, known as "growlers."

The "growler bill" was one of the more controversial bills during session and it is expected to help local breweries.

Florida law originally allowed the sale of 32 ounce and 128 ounce growlers, but not the 64 ounce. The bill that was signed by governor Rick Scott on Thursday allows the 64 ounce growler to be legal, though they can't be officially used until July 1st.

The new law is a huge win for local breweries. "It's always been standard sized", said Byron Burroughs, one of the founders of Proof Brewing Co., "Typically, if you go to forty-seven other states, they can sell 64 ounce growlers. We get a lot of business people coming in from out of town and they have 64 ounce growlers."

After signing the bill, Governor Scott touted the new law as a way to help attract world class breweries to the state.