Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

In Florida, microbreweries are growing, creating customer demand, profits and new jobs. In 2007, there were only seven such craft breweries in the entire state; by year’s end, nearly 90 will be open for business.

Don’t worry, though, Sunshine State legislators are hard at work . . . getting in the way of work, snuffing out any whiff of economic success and the jobs that come with it.

Sen. Kelli Stargel’s Senate Bill 1714 just passed the Republican-dominated upper house. It slaps new regulations on brewers to the delight of beer distributors.

Sen. Jack Latvala dubbed SB-1714 “an attack on craft beer to protect distributors.”

“We’ve got this industry that’s growing,” noted an official with the Florida Brewers Guild. So, he wondered “why are we putting arbitrary restrictions on how they can grow and how their business model operates?”

“This bill is not going to limit their growth,” maintained Sen. Stargel. “We are not restricting one single craft brewer and we are not limiting what they can do. I know they don’t believe it.”

Yet, currently Florida’s craft breweries can sell as much of their beer as they want. Under the bill, they’re limited to 20 percent of total production. The remaining beer would have to be sold through — you guessed it! — a distributor.

“I know my kids don’t believe it when I tell them they can’t do something, but sometimes I know it is what’s best,” Stargel offered. “I believe this is what is best for their industry.”

Beer is a good business . . . that only politicians could screw up.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. JFB says:

    If it was “what is best for their industry” then the craft brewers would be seeking distributors, and not have to be forced to use that distribution channel.
    Sen. Stargel should be renamed Sen. Strangle and clearly is suffering from a case of legislature pride, and terminal economic stupidity. Who is contributing to his campaign?

  2. Drik says:

    Beer is a good business and distributers make good donors.

  3. Joe says:

    This is the way life is unfolding in this country. It was presented by “Karl Marx”
    You know who he is / was.
    He said… make a small change in the government in each generation and in about 6 maybe 7 generations.
    The newest generation will be happy living in political atmosphere of Socialism or as radical as Communism.
    Here we have so called conservative Republicans whose minds are actually thinking Socialistic and the liberal Democrats
    are living the definition of Communism. Just you wait… look what’s been happening to those communistic countries, their freedom,their economics.
    I’m just guessing… I think the poop’s going to hit the fan somewhere toward the end of 2015 or in 2016. The U.S.A. is collapsing. Just guessing. However, it’s happening.

  4. Brian Wright says:

    A timely reposting for my “Morality and Microbrew”:

    PS: I fear some of your arithmetic questions to verify human-ness are getting overly challenging.

  5. Drik says:

    Re Marxist and small changes.
    Mark Twain said that about boiling a frog.

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