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Florida Liquor Laws: The Different Styles of Alcohol Manufacturer’s Licenses

If you’ve become inspired by the brewery, winery, or distillery movement and have a dream to open up your own alcohol manufacturing facility, you are going to need to apply for and receive one of Florida State’s Alcohol Licenses before you can begin the manufacturing process! There are several styles of alcohol manufacturer’s licenses to choose from, so we put together a list to help you determine which one you will need.

Before we go any further, we would like to note that one of the easiest ways to learn about Florida State alcohol laws is to take a Florida Alcohol Server Training course. This training will prove to be even more valuable if you intend to sell or serve alcohol at your establishment!

Now, back to those Florida Alcohol Manufacturer’s Licenses!

How many manufacturer’s licenses are there in Florida State?

There are seven total manufacturer’s licenses in Florida State, which means you’ll need to choose the one that will suit your business plan best!

Here is a list of the seven Alcohol Manufacturer’s Licenses you can apply for in Florida State:

  • Manufacturer of Wine License
  • Manufacturer of Wine & Cordials License
  • Manufacturer of Malt Beverages
  • Manufacturer of Malt Beverages in Vendor Premises
  • Distiller of Spirituous Liquor
  • Distiller of Spirituous Liquor – Craft Distillery
  • Rectifier/Blender

Now, let’s go into a little more detail regarding these licenses:

  • The Manufacturer of Wine License

This license is intended for those who wish to make or bottle wine. It allows you to manufacture the wine and to distribute it at wholesale to licensed distributors within Florida State.

  • The Manufacturer of Wine & Cordials License

This license is intended for those who wish to make wine and cordials (which are sweet tasting alcoholic beverages) and allows for the distribution at wholesale to licensed distributors within Florida State.

  • The Manufacturer of Malt Beverages License

This license is intended for those who wish to brew malt beverages (hello breweries!) and allows for the wholesale distribution to licensed distributors within Florida State.

  • The Manufacturer of Malt Beverages in Vendor Premises License

This license is intended for vendors (like bars) to brew malt beverages in quantities of less than 10,000 kegs annually to be sold by the drink to customers on the premises.

  • The Distiller of Spirituous Liquor License

This license is intended for those who wish to distill spirits (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.) and allows for the wholesale distribution to licensed distributors within Florida State.

  • The Distiller of Spirituous Liquor – Craft Distillery License

This license is intended for those who wish to distill 75,000 or less gallons of distilled spirits per year and allows for the wholesale distribution to licensed distributors and the sale of no more than six factory-sealed individual containers of each branded product to customers at a souvenir gift shop.

  • The Rectifier/Blender License

This license is intended for those who wish to rectify or blend alcoholic products and allows for the wholesale distribution to licensed distributors within Florida State.

These are the seven styles of manufacturer’s licenses in Florida State. We hope this post has helped you to determine which license you should apply for!

If you are interested in learning additional Florida Alcohol Laws or if you are in the service industry and work as waitstaff or as a bartender, we welcome you to check out our Online Florida State Responsible Alcohol Education Course whenever and wherever is most convenient for you! At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a Florida State Alcohol Seller / Server Certification which you can then show to your employer!

Cheers, and Happy Training!

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