Gov. Rick Scott backs beer growler legislation

Scott may not allow legislation allowing 64-ounce growler sales, despite support

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott supports the legalization of the refillable half-gallon beer containers known as growlers among craft beer lovers.

But Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Tuesday whether he signs a bill to allow 64-ounce growler sales at Florida craft breweries is still to be determined.

Breweries can now sell unlimited gallon and quart growlers, but Florida's odd container laws prohibit the half-gallon size that's the industry standard in 47 states.

Legalizing the half-gallon size is the top priority this legislative session for the booming craft beer industry.

But a Senate bill ties the growler size to more regulation that would hurt the craft beer industry and slow its growth.

A House bill would allow 64-ounce growlers with no strings attached.

Scott has repeatedly said he opposes regulations that cost jobs.

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