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Now You Can Fill Up Your 64-Ounce Growler At Local Florida Breweries

Beer enthusiasts in Florida can finally take home their favorite craft beers in 64-ounce growlers—and local breweries are celebrating. 

A new law that went into effect Wednesday allows craft breweries to sell and fill the re-sealable, industry standard-sized jugs. Until now, only quart (32-ounce) and gallon (128-ounce) sized bottles were legal in Florida.

The ban on the 64-ounce growlers—which Forbes called one of the most bizarre alcohol regulations in the nation—was eliminated in May. When Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law, Florida became the last state to legalize the more convenient growler size, according to The Ledger. 

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“By making the sale of 64-ounce growlers legal in Florida, we are eliminating another burdensome regulation and allowing more Florida businesses to succeed,” Scott said at the time.

The new law is great news for South Florida’s craft beer scene, which has been picking up steam. There are nearly 15 craft breweries in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and beyond.

John Linn, brand director at Funky Buddha Brewery, said the 64-ounce size is also a big win for consumers.

“At the end of the day it means more choice, and choice is what craft beer is all about,” he said. “We're very excited to finally be pouring the industry-standard size and can't wait to get more of our beer in growlers into people's hands.”

On Wednesday, the Oakland Park brewery will be doing just that. To rejoice in the new law, Funky Buddha is celebrating with a 64th of July event featuring unique growler fills and other deals all day.

Special releases available Wednesday through Saturday include wild flavors such as French Toast Double Brown Ale and Big Guava Jelly Blonde. A Grateful Dead tribute band will also perform live music from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and food trucks Sidecar Kitchen and Mr PB&J will be out front.

Funky Buddha will no longer be filling gallon-sized growlers as a result of the change.

“We're very sorry for those of you that are fans of the size, but they are cumbersome to fill and stock, and the new 64-oz. size should be better for everyone,” the Facebook event page reads. 

Patrons can even exchange their old gallon growlers for a new 64-ounce jug and receive a $2 discount on their first fill.

In Delray Beach, Saltwater Brewery is celebrating with its “64 oz. to Freedom” event. The brewery will be selling 64-ounce growlers to the public, now that employees are allowed to fill them up.

Saltwater is also offering special brew batches, including a Belgian-style white session IPA called Tides of the Reef Room and a black rye IPA called Tinc’d Out Turtle, which is a collaboration with Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia.

As a Fourth of July tribute, Saltwater is also teaming up with Fort Lauderdale’s Native Brewing Co. to sell a Belgian white beer to which they’ll add raspberries and blueberries for a red, white and blue drink.