I know it might be hard for many to believe but Florida can be a strange and — often times — wacky state to follow in logic. One of these particular instances is understanding the two different types of licenses that the state offers to those wishing to brew beer commercially. “Why two?” you might ask, well these two different licenses come with different restrictions on the license holder about a number of things, including but not limited to, the amount of beer the brewer can make per year along with the way the beer is served from their premise.
The two different license types are CMB and CMBP. Think of the CMB as a commercial/production brewery while the CMBP as a brewpub. I’ll get more into the specifics of those in just a moment.
Why am I am I writing about these besides having some spare time on my hands? Having seen some CMBP holders having bottle releases in the past number of months got me thinking, “Do they even know that they can’t do that or are they willfully disobeying the restrictions?” Wanting to see the best in people I am hoping for the earlier of those two options and start doing some research.
Unless you’re a lawyer, reading and understanding the restrictions of certain license types can be maddening. Legal jargon is boring and worded in such a specific way that it sometimes leaves holes in your comprehension of the statement that only leads to more questions. Luckily my experience coupled with getting some help from the wonderful Executive Director of the Florida Brewers Guild, Sean Nordquist, allowed me to put together some — hopefully — easy to understand outlines of the two different licenses and what restrictions they have.