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Jeb Bush signs beer bottle bill into law.

Associated Press--Starting this tail, Florida aficionados of imported beers and microbrews that only come in odd-sized bottles will be able to quench their thirst.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill last week that will allow beer to be sold in any container 32 ounces or smaller. The bill was touted by supporters as removing a protection for big beer makers by ending a decades-old ban on retail sale of any beer bottle or can that isn't 8, 12, l6 or 32 ounces.

The bill will take effect Oct. 1. Deregulation still won't allow any bottles or cans over 32 ounces, although bulk sales such as kegs or barrels aren't affected.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, and Rep. Jerry Maygarden, R-Pensacola, had passed the Senate 37-2 and the House 111-4. It was one of the last bills to win approval from the Legislature with final passage in the late hours of the last day of the lawmaking session.

The bill also applies the container size law to cider.

Wholesale distributors had defeated bills to repeal the bottle size restriction in the past with arguments that such a change would boost beer prices, arguing more warehouse space and bigger trucks would be needed to handle the wider variety of cans and bottles.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Jun 11, 2001
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