We've got this local bar that brews their own beer but when I tried to buy a bottle to take home they said they were only allowed to serve the in house beer, not sell it. If the state of Florida issued them a liquor license to serve and sell beer, why can't they sell what they make?

Just to be clear by sell I mean sell me a bottle and let me walk out with it.

  • I am not a lawyer, so I won't enter this as an answer, but I bet that the situation centers around having a license to distribute, which is probably a whole 'nother ball game than just a liquor license.
    – object88
    Jan 22, 2014 at 19:56
  • Just re-read your question. It is a distribution licensing issue. If they got their commercial distribution license, they could sell you beer. They could also sell it in local grocery stores. It does mean people would not have to come to their bar for their beer though. Could lead to a decrease in sales.
    – BryceH
    Jan 22, 2014 at 21:01
  • Can the bar sell you any bottles of third-party beers they serve? If not, then it should not be surprising that theirs is treated differently.
    – user162
    Jan 22, 2014 at 21:30

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Most States have two different types of liquor licenses. On premise and Off premise. On premise is selling alcohol to drink there, off premise is for taking stuff home. It is entirely possible that an establishment will only have one or the other.


It strongly depends on the country, but in many countries, including Poland, there is special tax on alcohol, called Excise. You need to register your product for that tax, and you must also get special permit for selling alcohol.

There are other procedures for registering as alcohol producer for selling them to publicity, and for getting permission to sell your beer on place. You can always create your brewery!

If the bar doesn't sell bottled beer, it means, that either the procedure of getting permit was too complicated or the conditions that need to be met made in not profitable. Their business model is to sell beer on place and they are happy with that.

  • Some breweries even do not want to sell their beer outside the house because it means that they will need additional equipment to put the beer into bottles or barrels. This not only causes additional costs, but also more work and fulfilment of requirements. Serving the beer only in the own premises means also that guests will use the restaurants services as well and by that way consume more than just beer.
    – Salt
    May 15, 2018 at 12:38

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